The grounded Maltese academic

Dr Shaun Grech, who is based in Manchester Metropolitan University, has launched an action research project which delivers critical emergency health care to disabled people in extreme poverty.

The project, which he co-runs in rural Guatemala on behalf of Integra, Malta, operates jointly with local disabled people's organisations, who are the project partners.

"People in extreme poverty are sometimes treated like disposable human beings. This is about people living with dignity," he explains.

Grech (above) talks through doing ethnographic research and linking this with a practice project and more broadly the gaps between the world of academia and practice, and ways of bringing these together through an action research project.

For more information on the project go to


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