My research explores social equity and strengthens evidence-based policy in dynamic city regions. It elevates notions of access, diversity, and equity within the context of globalization and urbanization. By studying the urban experience of disability, my research contributes to broader debates about social and spatial justice. Three insights inform my various research projects in this field. 1) Disability research, much like other urban or social issues, must be situated in a particular time and place. 2) Disability is simultaneously a local and global planning issue. 3) Planning education and research can benefit from empirical, methodological, and theoretical advances made in disability studies.

In the coming years, I will expand my research to include the histories of disability in city planning and expand my research of capability deprivations to metropolitan planning, comparative social development, and health equity. By exploring these issues my research bridges theory and practice with the aim of addressing pressing social problems.

My doctoral research assessed equity, justice and access in the rapidly urbanizing city-state of Dubai. The extended case study is currently being used to shape legal, institutional, physical and social reforms. The research is relevant because it provides a framework from which to improve participation outcomes of marginalized groups in public life.

Recent Research Projects

Pineda, V.S.,. Signaling Rights to the City: The Evolving Transformations of Disability in the Emirate of Dubai between 1980-2013. Urbe-Revista Brasileira de Gestão Urbana (Brazilian Journal of Urban Management). (revise and resubmit)

Pineda, V.S., and R. Gould. Rights Are Not Enough: Beyond the Limits of Disability and Employment Policy. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. (under review)

Pineda, V.S., Meyer,s S., and Karr, V.. Governments Are Not Enough: Disability, Development and the Role of Broad Based Planning. Journal for Disability and International Development. (under review)

Recent Invited Talks

2013    “Planning Considerations for Inclusive National Development”. Doha, Qatar: Supreme Council for Family Affairs
2013   “Towards an Accessible, Barrier Free ASEAN Region: Methods and Indicators”. Bangkok, Thailand: Institute on Disability and Public Policy, School for International Service, American University.
2013    “Consideraciones Metodológicas Para Promover un Urbanismo Inclusivo (Promoting Inclusive Urban Planning: Methodological Considerations)”. Caracas, Venezuela: Consejo Nacional de Personas con Discapacidad de la Republica Bolivariana De Venezuela.
2013   “Capability Model of Disability Policy”. Toronto, Canada: Canadian Society for Disability Studies.
2013   “Comparative Measures for Disability Policy: A Framework for Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. Orlando, FL: Society for Disability Studies.
2013   “Attitudes Toward People With Disabilities In The Emirate Of Dubai”. Orlando, FL.: Society for Disability Studies.