Social Research with Deaf People

The University of Manchester.



Co-lead by Professor Alys Young and Dr Katherine Rogers, the SORD (Social Research with Deaf People) team works with the Deaf community and other stakeholders to promote the wellbeing of d/Deaf individuals, families and communities across the life course through high quality, multi-disciplinary applied social research.

As a team of Deaf and hearing researchers, we are committed to creating partnerships that acknowledge and value d/Deaf people’s experiences, inform service providers and policy makers, and builds bridges between all stakeholders to promote the quality of life and citizenship rights of d/Deaf peoples.


About us


Learn more about SORD history, our mission and what we stand for.

Team members

Explore our researchers’ profiles.


Get access to our BSL assessments


Our research themes

Health and wellbeing

Our research is oriented to improve deaf people's health and wellbeing.

Service improvement

Discover how our research outcomes are improving services for Deaf people.


d/Deaf children and families

Our projects enhance Deaf children and families' opportunities. Visit here to know how.

Methodological innovation

We develop innovative approaches to research. Explore more about our methods in this section.