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Dr Dikaios Sakellariou

Dr Dikaios Sakellariou

Darllennydd: Astudiaethau Anabledd a Therapi Galwedigaethol

Ysgol y Gwyddorau Gofal Iechyd

+44 (0)29 206 87744
Ystafell 13.01, 13eg llawr, Tŷ Eastgate, Prifysgol Caerdydd, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd CF24 0AB
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Since occupation as a concept encompasses a very broad, but so basic to well-being, meaning, there is potential for occupational therapy to form partnerships in contexts outside the traditional healthcare arena. I am currently involved in professional discussions regarding the connection between the sociopolitical environment and access to occupation and the products of this ongoing effort are several publications that explore the political nature of occupation. Together with colleagues from the UK and elsewhere we are currently working to construct a framework conceptualising occupation in this broad sense and outlining the professional issues that stem from this.
I am also interested in how illness and disability are constructed and experienced in the context of daily life. In my doctoral studies I examine how people make sense of life with continued illness or disability.

More information about my research and publications can be found at Academia.edu and ResearchGate

Key publications


Service to the profession

Since September 2007 I have been a member of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology -Occupational Therapy Study Team (USA). The aim of the team is to develop a summer field school where anthropologists and occupational therapists can study, practice and learn together and in partnership with non-governmental organizations in an international context. The field school shall promote critical scholarship and rigorous methodologies to support occupational justice.

Since October 2008 I have been a member of the research committee of the Society for the Study of Occupation- USA , chaired by Professor Doris Pierce.

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

2016:     La vida cotidiana y su importancia en terapia ocupacional [Daily life and its importance in occupational therapy]. Invited keynote lecture at the meeting of the Colombian Association of Occupational Therapy Students, Bogota, Colombia, October (via skype)

2016:     Building healthy societies: The role of occupational therapy. Keynote speech at the Greek Association for Occupational Therapists conference, Athens, Greece, October.

2016:     Exploring practices of care. Invited presentation at the Cascades of Chronicity and Disability round table, at the department of Anthropology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, August.

2015:     Using disability experiences in occupational therapy. Invited lecture at Japan Healthcare College, Japan, July.

2015:     Sexuality and occupational therapy – time for a rights-based approach? Invited lecture at the Sheffield Hallam University occupational therapy students union (SHOUT), Sheffield, UK, May.

2015:     Creating a way of living. Invited lecture at the department of Occupational Therapy, Stony Brook University, New York, USA, March.

2015:     Disabled sexuality. Invited teaching session at Oxford Brookes University, UK, March.

2014       Occupational therapy in Europe. Invited session at Universidad de Magallanes, Chile, December.

2014:     Occupation in occupational therapy. Invited lecture at Hokkaido Bunkyo University, Japan, June.

2013:     Occupational justice in occupational therapy. Invited lecture at Hokkaido Bunkyo University, Japan, April.

2012:     What are the occupations of a model citizen? Keynote speech at the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, October. (with Nick Pollard)

2012:     Healthcare in Europe: A discussion on health inequalities. Invited lecture at the continuing professional development programme of the Greek Association of occupational therapists, January.

2011:     Occupational justice. Invited lecture at the National University of Ireland in Galway, November, funded by Erasmus.

2011:     Fairness for all. Invited lecture at Linkoping University, Sweden, October, funded by Erasmus.

2011:     Occupational justice; a discussion on health, environment and society. Public speech at West Kyushu University, Japan, September.

2011:     Series of invited speeches and workshops on occupational justice. Sapporo Medical University and Hokkaido Bunkyo University, Japan, May.

2009: A political practice of occupational therapy. Keynote speech presented at the HIV, Oncology and Palliative Care specialist section at the College of Occupational Therapists conference, Brighton, UK, June. (with Nick Pollard)



















My research interests revolve around social and occupational justice, community based rehabilitation, sexuality and disability and living with continued illness.

1. Social and occupational justice

My ongoing interest in social and occupational justice has led to three publications.

Furthermore, recently secured funding from the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has enabled me to forge links with colleagues in several universities in Japan, exploring issues of social and occupational justice.

In May 2011 I travelled to Hokkaido to facilitate several sessions focussing on occupational justice and social determinants of health, (See Link I and Link II ) while I am currently working with anthropology colleagues on a summer school on occupational justice and its links with the environment.

2. Sexuality and disability

From September 2003 until December 2004 I conducted a phenomenological study on perceptions of sexuality among men with spinal cord injury. This led to several publications that have appeared in Sexuality and Disability , the American and the British Journals of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy .

3. Community based rehabilitation

From January 2005 until the final conclusion of the survey in May 2006 I acted as the coordinator of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists $acirc;   project Data collection about occupational therapists involved in Community Based Rehabilitation. A strong point of this survey is that it provided information useful for developing role emerging fieldwork opportunities. The results of this survey were widely published in peer reviewed journals such as Disability and Rehabilitation , the Asia Pacific Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation and the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

4. Living with continued illness.

In my doctoral studies I explore how people make sense of living with continued illness. At the centre of healthcare practices lies the intention to do something that is perceived as a good. However what is good from the perspective of the persons living with an illness cannot be defined a priori, but only within the context of their life. The literature suggests that service users and service providers make sense of living with illness in different ways and there is a gap between the biomedical knowledge on the disease process and the experience of individuals themselves and their informal carers. Through this study I seek to generate and collect data that will be synthesised into stories/narratives. Rather than looking for common themes in the various narratives, the study will focus on illuminating unique experiences, and how they are lived and told within the socio-political context.


I welcome prospective PhD students in any of the following areas:

  • Disability studies
  • Disparities in access to healthcare
  • Disability and sexuality
  • Experiences of neurodegenerative conditions
  • Care practices

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