Dr Robbie Francis

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In 2013 Robbie was given the opportunity to intern for an international disability rights group in Mexico. Having witnessed first hand the shocking conditions many people with disabilities are forced to live in, she decided to become an active part of the solution. So in 2014 she and her friends co-founded The Lucy Foundation.

Robbie, who lives with a disability herself, is particularly passionate about developing more inclusive, safer and peaceful communities through sustainable and collaborative initiatives. Having studied International Conflict Resolution and Mediation in Israel-Palestine, Robbie recently passed with no revisions her PhD at the University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in New Zealand. The focus of her research was inclusive and accessible research methodologies and the experiences of people with disabilities during conflict and displacement. She is also on the Expert Reference Group advising the New Zealand Government on the 2016-2026 Disability Strategy and the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, a committee member of University of Otago Disability Matters and the Project Manager of the 2018 Attitude Awards.

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