Vera Kubenz


  • Project Manager- Disability Under Siege, Education

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Research interests

I work within Critical Disability Studies and am interested in exploring disability as a socially constructed and socially produced phenomenon. My work focuses on everyday experiences of disabled people, and particularly how interactions with other people contribute to the experience of disability and disablement.

My current work focuses on the impact of COVID-19, particularly in Low-and Middle-Income Countries.

Other research interests include media and cultural studies, feminist and queer studies, both separately and in their interaction with disability studies.


I am a Research Fellow in the Department of Education and Social Justice, working on the AHRC-funded GCRF project Disability Under Siege. I am investigating the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people in Low-and Middle-Income Countries, and working with UN Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to create an analytical framework for a disability-inclusive recovery from COVID-19.

I am also undertaking a part-time PhD, researching the impact that encounters with strangers have on disabled people's experience and identity, focussing especially on the context of accessible parking spaces.

Prior to my current role, I spent several years working in researc support roles, including research facilitation, project management, and research communications. My current role allows me to combine this expertise with my knowledge and passion for disability studies, and my  lived experience as a disabled activist and advocate.

I am particularly interested in how disabled identities are constructed, how disability is conceptualised in society, and the effects of these on the everyday lives and experiences of disabled people. I also draws on concepts from gender and queer studies, as well as media and critical discourse studies, in my analysis of the ways in which disabled people navigate an inaccessible and sometimes hostile world.


  • PhD in Social Policy, Sociology, and Criminology, University of Birmingham (ongoing)
  • MA in Sociology, University of Warwick, 2010
  • BA (Hons) in Journalism and Media, Coventry University, 2009
  • ILM Level 2 Certificate in Leadership and Team Skills

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of Warwick

Award Date: 31 Oct 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Coventry University

Award Date: 31 Oct 2009

Doctor of Social Science, School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy

27 Sep 202126 Sep 2025


  • HM Sociology
  • Disability
  • Disability studies
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Queer Studies
  • Queer Theory


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