Researcher selected for the Disability Power 100 list 2021

Categories: School of Health and Society

Harrie Larrington-Spencer, a researcher in Healthy Active Cities and the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford has been selected for Shaw Trust’s 2021 Disability Power list 100!


The Disability Power 100 is an annual celebration of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK, working to break the stigma around disability, creating a more accessible and inclusive world for all.

A fifth of the UK’s population has a disability or impairment, however, there is very little recognition of successful and influential disabled people. The Shaw Trust wants to change the public perception of disability, to recognise strong, successful, influential people who are leaders in their field. Encouraging the talented leaders of tomorrow to connect with role models and see that aspiration and ambition can be fulfilled regardless of disability or impairment.

The Power 100 has the power to influence people from all walks of life and means something different to everyone on the list, Nikki Fox, BBC Disability Correspondent was announced as the 2020’s most influential disabled person in Britain and chaired the 2021 independent judging panel. This year there were more than 550 nominations for the 100 places on the list.

Harrie is a researcher in the Healthy Active Cities team and the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford and is in the latter stages of completing her PhD in Human Geography at the University of Manchester.

Harrie’s research and personal interests focus upon sustainability and inclusive active travel and ensuring that the needs of disabled people are centralised within environmentalism. Harrie is a disabled cyclist and (along with her dog Frida) uses social media to demonstrate how brilliant and inclusive cycling can be, as well as highlighting the specific barriers that disabled cyclists face in their everyday travels. Recognising her work on inclusive active travel, Harrie has been invited by Mayor Andy Burnham to sit on the Greater Manchester Walking and Cycling Board and is a member of the British Cycling NorthWest Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Harrie, said:

“I’m very proud to have been selected for the 2021 Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List and I’m even prouder to be on the list alongside so many fantastic disabled people who are all working hard for a more inclusive and accessible world.”

The full Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100 can be found on www.disabilitypower100.com.


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