Brett is a leading expert on disability, health, and physical activity. He is also internationally known for his expertise in qualitative research, narrative inquiry, and community participatory based research.
Reflecting a passion to cross disciplinary boundaries, his research has been published widely in leading journals, such as Social Science and Medicine, Health Psychology, Sociology of Health and Illness, Health Psychology Review, and Qualitative Research. In addition to producing over 100 journal publications, he has written over 60 book chapters and co-written/co-edited 6 books. Brett has given over 100 invited talks, over 50 workshops, and over 25 invited keynote presentations to academic audiences around the world. His research has also been communicated in the media and to policy makers, the Houses of Parliament, all-party parliamentary groups, clinical reference groups, The Royal Society of Medicine, sport organisations, disability user groups, and health professionals in numerous countries. To engage the public and enhance impact, Brett’s research is also translated through numerous ways, including stories, infographics, photography, and animation. He works closely with major organisations, like Disability Rights UK, and seeks to co-create research with disabled people.
Drawing on psychology, sociology, and critical disability studies, current research programmes include:
Brett’s research has been funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme for Research, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), the UK Spinal Cord Injury Research Network, The Peter Harrison Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Thomas Pocklington Trust, the English Institute of Sport, Octagon Worldwide LTD, the English Federation of Disability Sport, the International Wheelchair Tennis Federation, the National Autistic Society, Aspire, Disability Rights UK, and Public Health England.