Designing Enabling Technologies for Marginalised Groups


This special issue of the Journal of Enabling Technologies will focus on the design of technologies to remove barriers and improve outcomes for marginalised groups. By marginalised groups, we refer to people with disabilities, neurodivergent people, people with mental health difficulties, minorities, socially or economically disadvantaged people, and refugees, to name a few. This special issue spans a number of disciplines, notably inclusiveness, co-design and the use of innovative technologies therein.

As such, we are pleased to invite peer-reviewed article types, but also case studies, opinion pieces, and technology reviews that help us understand the role of enabling technology design with, and for, marginalised groups.

Marginalised groups often have little influence, little advocacy and minimal representation amongst the creators of technology. At the same time, such users may be particularly dependent on technology that enables them to access services, education, provide support or live independent lives.  We therefore particularly encourage work that includes marginalised groups as authors or co-authors in addition to work that reports lived experiences of marginalised groups and their immediate stakeholders.


Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Technology design and development
  • Innovative new forms of technology (AR, VR, XR, etc…)
  • Application of technologies in situ settings
  • Ways of bringing the voices of marginalised groups to the fore in design-based work
  • Co-designing remotely in times of social distancing
  • Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other forms of innovation to support technology application
  • Technology that supports routes to improved outcomes in areas such as: education; services; employment; independent living scenarios; etc….
  • Ethics and responsible research involving all users
  • Evaluation of enabling technologies that include the voices of marginalised users
  • Research that is fully embedded in the settings where marginalised users are most likely to use them
  • Work that bridges issues of technology uptake in practical setting (i.e. the home, schools, workplace)


Deadline and Submission Details

The submission deadline for all papers is 16 January 2022.

The publication date of this special issue is June 2022 (volume 16, issue 2).

To submit your research, please visit:

To view the author guidelines for this journal, please visit:


Contact the Guest Editors:

Dr Marc Fabri

Leeds Beckett University

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Dr Nigel Newbutt

University of Florida 

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