Subject: Intersection of gender and disability in women living with chronic pain in the high-tech sector: a comparative study of Scotland and Peru

Contact: María de los Angeles Zapata Rodríguez, tel (+44) 07395 390245 or via email at or

Details of study: María de los Angeles is a Peruvian doctoral researcher in Human Resources at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh who is researching the employment experiences of people living with chronic pain in Scotland.

She is currently collecting data by interviewing people who live with this chronic condition as well as employers (managers, HR leads, among others).

Requirements: To participate in this study, you should be living, working or based in Scotland and be either:

a) In employment or looking for employment in STEM* sector/careers and living with chronic pain (associated with any other condition or not, e.g. arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathies, back pain, among others);
b) A team leader or manager (a person in charge of organisational practices), or an HR, diversity or occupational health specialist;
c) A disability-related organisation;
d) A gender equality-related organisation.

*Science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Participation in the study will involve a 30-45 minute interview either via Zoom, Skype or MS Teams or over the telephone, as desired, at a time which is convenient for you. If you decide to take part in this research, the researcher will be more than happy to share her feedback and results after she has finished analysing the data. Whether you are an employee, employer or policy maker, this information could be relevant and help you to improve your work environment.

If you’re interested in taking part in this study, please contact María de los Angeles at or

Website: Further information about this study can be found on the researcher’s website at 

(Correct as at 5 May 2021)