Disabilities in academic workplaces: experiences of human and physical geographers

  title={Disabilities in academic workplaces: experiences of human and physical geographers},
  author={John Horton and Faith Tucker},
  journal={Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers},
  • J. Horton, F. Tucker
  • Published 2014
  • Medicine
  • Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
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