Dr Laura Davy


Dr Laura Davy is a Research Fellow in the Equity and Diversity stream at the Public Service Research Group, UNSW Canberra. A political theorist and sociologist, her research focuses on disability and care theory and policy. Her current research analyses the range of influences shaping disability policy in Australia and internationally, such as the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the shift towards market-based social services delivery.


Laura completed her PhD at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney in 2017. She also holds a Masters in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney.


Laura previously worked at the Social Policy Research Centre on a range of commissioned research projects such as a review of the implementation of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, a review of peer support practice, and a training development project. She has also held the position of Research Associate at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, where she worked on projects in the disability, ageing, and housing policy fields.

Book Chapters

Davy L; Mitleton-Kelly E, 2013, 'The Concept of ‘Co-evolution’ and Its Application in the Social Sciences: A Review of the Literature', in Mitleton-Kelly E (ed.), Co-evolution of Intelligent Socio-technical Systems: Modelling and Applications in Large Scale Emergency and Transport Domains, pp. 43 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36614-7

Journal articles

Robinson S; Graham A; Fisher K; Neale K; Davy L; Johnson K, 2020, 'Understanding paid support relationships: possibilities for mutual recognition between young people with disability and their support workers', Disability and Society

Fisher KR; Robinson S; Neale K; Graham A; Johnson K; Davy L; Hall EC, 2020, 'Impact of organisational practices on the relationships between young people with disabilities and paid social support workers', Journal of Social Work, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468017320954351

Knight K; Davy L, 2019, 'Claiming rights: The future for carers and the need for a radical imagining', International Journal of Care and Caring, vol. 3, pp. 453 - 458, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/239788219X15597493546643

Davy L, 2019, 'BETWEEN AN ETHIC OF CARE AND AN ETHIC OF AUTONOMY: negotiating relational autonomy, disability, and dependency', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 24, pp. 101 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2019.1620461

Meltzer A; Davy L, 2019, 'Opportunities to enhance relational wellbeing through the National Disability Insurance Scheme: Implications from research on relationships and a content analysis of NDIS documentation', Australian Journal of Public Administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12373

Knight K; Davy L, 2019, 'Claiming rights: the future for carers and the need for a radical imagining', International Journal of Care and Caring, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/239788219x1559749354664

Davy L, 2017, 'The Politics of Autism: Navigating the Contested Spectrum. By John J. PitneyJr . Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. 180p. $38.00. - The Capacity Contract: Intellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship. By Stacy Clifford Simplican. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. 192p. $87.50 cloth. $25.00 paperback.', Perspectives on Politics, vol. 15, pp. 223 - 225, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1537592716004709

Davy L, 2015, 'Philosophical inclusive design: intellectual disability and the limits of individual autonomy in moral and political theory', Hypatia, vol. 30, pp. 132 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hypa.12119


Davy L; Fisher K; Wehbe A; Purcal C; Robinson S; Kayess R; Santos D, 2019, Review of implementation of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020: Final report, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5c7494b61edc4

Poredos S; Davy L; Purcal C; Santos D, 2019, Implementation of the NDIS in the Early Childhood Sector - Easy Read Report

Poredos S; Davy L; Purcal C; Santos D, 2019, How to provide good peer support - Peer Support Practice Review Easy Read Report

Wehbe A; Davy L; Fisher K; Robinson S; Kayess R; Purcal C, 2019, NDIS Peer Support Final Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5d4e3b189539e

Davy L; Laurens J; Kayess R; Bates S, 2018, Special Disability Trusts, SPRC, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5bbff37996624, http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/fapi/datastream/unsworks:52051/bind2efa0c3-90bf-42bc-8ced-c0102a90cf63?view=true

Davy L; Fisher KR; Wehbe A, 2018, Peer Support Practice Review: Final Report of Stage 1A Findings, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b84b4a23c6ff, http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/fapi/datastream/unsworks:51693/bina4185a59-199e-4811-87eb-8c6e82ef2a95?view=true

Davy L; Adams T; Bridge C, 2014, Caring for the Carer: Home design and modification for carers of young people with disability, Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, Sydney, http://www.homemods.info/publications-by-hminfo/occasional/caring-for-the-carer-home-design-and-modification-for-carers-of-young-people-with-disability#main-content

Judd B; Liu EY; Easthope H; Davy L; Bridge C, 2014, Downsizing amongst older Australians, AHURI Final Report No.214, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report: no. 214, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70687

Walls R; Millikan L; Bridge C; Davy L, 2013, Home Modifications in Aboriginal Housing

Judd BH; Bridge C; Davy L; Adams T; Liu EY, 2012, Downsizing amongst older Australians, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/position-papers/150?utm_source=website&utm_medium=related.publications.link&utm_campaign=http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/214

Bridge C; Davy L; Judd BH; Flatau P; Morris A; Phibbs P, 2011, Age-specific housing and care for low to moderate income older people, AHURI : Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report, Original

Davy L; Bridge C; Judd BH; Flatau P; Morris A; Phibbs P, 2010, Age-specific housing for low to moderate-income older people, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/70589_pp