Occupational Narratives Database Project

Welcome to the Occupational Narratives Database Project page. We are glad you are here! The occupational narratives project is the result of the collaborative work of WFOT and a group of occupational therapists and occupational scientists across the world, under the project leadership of Dr. Gail Whiteford. Together, the project team representing all 6 WHO world regions, are working to develop an open access, inclusive database of occupational narratives, representing of people from all backgrounds, ability levels, ages, socioeconomic and sociocultural backgrounds as they engage in everyday “doings” in naturalistic, formal, and institutional settings. Watch our introductory video and meet Dr. Gail Whiteford!

Intoductory Video - Dr. Gail Whiteford

WFOT’s Research Programme seeks to promote the development of research evidence to support responsive, ethical, culturally sensitive and contextually relevant occupational therapy practice. As such, we are excited to invite you to partner with us and the project team to develop the first-ever international data base of occupations, the things that people want and need to do. During 2019 we will begin to collect digital stories. Our data base will be officially launched at the WFOT Congress in Paris in 2022.

Together, we can increase the global understandings of the meaning of everyday “doing” or occupations of people in a range of contexts and environments from a range of ages, backgrounds and ability levels.

This project site will allow you to engage and interact with us in different ways:

1. Browse

Look at the different narrative samples from 3 different countries – Spain, Belgium and Australia. These examples will help and inspire you to understand what an occupational narrative sounds and looks like, and how it can help you tell YOUR unique occupational narrative or assist someone else to tell theirs.

Our hope is that this will help to broaden your perspectives of occupation, and your sense of belonging to the global community.




2. Contribute

Using the upload instructions, and after watching the instructional videos, you can record an occupational narrative an upload it on the following page. That way, you will be contributing your story to the collective stories of “how and why we do” in the world.

Participate →

3. Contact us

If you have any questions or wish to know more about this evolving project, you can contact us at admin@wfot.org