Dr Morgon Banks
BSc MSc PhD
in Disability and Global Health
Morgon Banks is an Assistant Professor in Disability and Global Health at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at LSHTM.
Morgon is a co-organiser for the module Global Disability and Health and teaches on various other modules. She supervisese two PhD students: Queen Seketi at the University of Zambia, who is focusing on the inclusion of people with disabilities in COVID-19 responses in Zambia, and Danae Rodriguez Gatta, who is focusing on access to healthcare for people with disabilities in Chile.
Morgon is a mixed methods researcher working on a number of projects on disability. Her primary research focus is in disability, poverty and social protection in low- and middle-income countries.
Current projects include:
- PENDA project (funded by FCDO): evaluates 8 interventions that aim to improve the well-being of people with disabilities in low and middle-income countries.
- COVID-19 and disability (funded by IDS): assessing the experience of people with disabilities in India, Zambia, Ghana, Bangladesh and Turkey (Syrian refugees in Istanbul) during the pandemic and their inclusion in COVID-19 response measures.
- Innovation to Inclusion (funded by UKAID): evaluates the i2i programme, which seeks to improve access of people with disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh to waged employment.
- Impact evaluation of the Disability Allowance in the Maldives (funded by 3ie): explores the impact of the Disability Allowance, a monthly cash transfer, on poverty, well-being and quality of life amongst people with disabilities.
- Addressing Local Barriers to Inclusive Education for Children with a Disability in the Sahel (funded by Norwegian Research Council): identifies children with disabilities in Niger using the Key Informant Method and compares access to education between children with and without disabilites.
Morgon has presented her research at the United Nations’ Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the European Parliament and to a variety of academic, NGO/iNGO, and government audiences. She is a contributor to the UN Flagship Report on Disability & Development and the lead author on the Economic Costs of Exclusion and Gains of Inclusion of People with Disabilities.