Professor Keith McVilly is the Professorial Fellow in Disability and Inclusion. It is a joint appointment between the University of Melbourne and Scope Victoria. Professor McVilly’s primary area of expertise is in intellectual and developmental disability, acquired brain injury, and forensic disability. He has worked as a direct support worker with people with disability, a clinician and service manager in public health services and in private practice, as well as in the university sector in Australia, UK and USA. As part of his role, Professor McVilly will lead and direct Scope’s research agenda, oversee existing and new research programs, and continue to work with the disability sector more broadly.
Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake is a lawyer academic and activist in the field of human rights for people with disabilities. As Academic Convenor, she ensures that DRI is engaging in interdisciplinary research and advocacy that is directly related to social change and is responsive to the needs of the community. She aims to build partnerships across faculties and strengthen community partnerships. She also identifies complementary research that is underway or has great potential and will facilitate the Initiative's involvement.
Yvette is the DRI Research Fellow and has been a supervisor and lecturer in Melbourne Law School’s Disability Human Rights Clinic since 2015. She is also a Senior Research Associate with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. Yvette has a background in law and social policy, and recently submitted her PhD thesis proposing a set of policy principles for reconciling disability rights and feminist perspectives on care and support. As the DRI’s 2015 UN Fellow, Yvette assisted Prof Theresia Degener, now Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, at the Committee’s 14th session in Geneva.