Sunil Rodger | Doctoral Trainee

Sunil Rodger

I am a third-year Digital Civics PhD student registered in Sociology and based at Open Lab, Newcastle University. I am supervised by Professor Janice McLaughlinProfessor Pete Wright, and Professor John Vines.

My research project, Journeying, seeks to understand the experiences of disabled people in public space. I have worked with powered wheelchair users to enable them to document their experiences of 'getting about' cities and public transport, through the use of mobile technologies. We are exploring ways that these experiences might be used to bring about more accessible places and interactions.

My research interests encompass humanities, social sciences and technology. My current research, which explores the experiences of powered wheelchair users in getting around public space, lies at the intersection of disability studies, human geography, sociology, urbanism and human computer interaction.

I am particularly interested the roles played by technologies in diverse, geographically dispersed communities, such as diasporas and those living with rare diseases, and how technologies may be used to enhance civic participation and influence policymaking.

I have an undergraduate degree in Modern History and International Relations, and masters degrees in Modern History, Politics, and Digital Civics. These focused respectively on US foreign policy, Zimbabwean diaspora politics, and the use of technology by rare disease patient organisations.

I previously worked in translational neuromuscular research for the TREAT-NMD Alliance, focusing on liaison and engagement between clinicians, researchers, patients and families.



Technology and the Politics of Mobility: Evidence Generation in Accessible Transport Activism
Rodger S, Vines J, McLaughlin J, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016)2417-2429


Did Perception of the Economy Affect Attitudes to Immigration at the 2010 British General Election?
Johnson C, Rodger S, Social Science Quarterly1214-1225
Adult care for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the UK
Rodger S, Woods KL, Bladen CL, Stringer A, Vry J, Gramsch K, Kirschner J, Thompson R, Bushby K, Lochmuller H, Journal of Neurology629-641


The TREAT-NMD care and trial site registry: an online registry to facilitate clinical research for neuromuscular diseases
Rodger S, Lochmuller H, Tassoni A, Gramsch K, Konig K, Bushby K, Straub V, Korinthenberg R, Kirschner J, Orphanet Journal of Rare Disease


CARE-NMD: Improving care for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Rodger S, Gramsch K, Vry J, Lochmuller H, Bushby K, Kirschner J, UK Neuromuscular Translational Research ConferenceS34-S35
CARE-NMD: Evaluation and implementation of relevant health related QoL instruments in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Rahbek J, Hojberg A, Mahoney A, Steffensen B, Rodger S, Bushby K, Lochmuller H, Gramsch K, Vry J, Kirschner J, Antonova V, Brabek P, Guergueltcheva V, Karcagi V, Herczegfalvi A, Kostera-Pruszczyk A, Wasylyszyn A, Lusakowska A, Catlin N, Stringer S, Mrazova L, Vondraeek P, 17th International Congress of the World Muscle Society897-897
Current care practice in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in Europe - results of the CARE-NMD cross-sectional survey
Vry J, Gramsch K, Rodger S, Antonova V, Brabec P, Catlin N, Garami M, Guergueltcheva V, Herczegfalvi A, Kaminska A, Karcagi V, Kostera-Pruszczyk A, Lusakowska A, Mahoney A, Mrazova L, Pavlovska L, Rahbek J, Steffensen B, Stringer S, Tournev I, Vondracek P, Wasylyszyn A, Bushby K, Lochmuller H, Kirschner J, 17th International Congress of the World Muscle Society886-887


Monitoring care practices for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - the CARE-NMD project
Gramsch K, Vry J, Rahbek J, Steffensen B, Bushby K, Lochmuller H, Rodger S, Kirschner J, NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS723-723

Associated Projects

  • Metro Futures
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has used the same trains since it opened in 1980, but these will soon need to be replaced. Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro collaborated with Open Lab to design methods and digital tools to involve more of Metro’s 40 m...
    August 30, 2011
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