Claudia Coveney

Claudia Coveney


I completed my undergraduate studies at University of Adelaide. Within these two degrees, I was able to complete an intensive study unit at Bo─čaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, and spend a year studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During this time as an undergraduate student, I also took part, in an intern capacity, in the establishment of Aliro Ltd., an NGO established in South Australia that works to maximise opportunities created through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for disabled people to live independently in fit-for-purpose housing.

It was in this time that I realised my interest in not only the history of politics and international relations, but also the breadth of contemporary governance styles that can be seen today across the globe. This led me to a Masters in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam, specialising in the study of policy networks and the changing nature of public decision-making. As ‘traditional’ government structures break down or fade into the background, new actors are participating in these processes – my primary interests lie in the consequences of these changes, and the opportunities they bring for civil society groups.

Currently I am undertaking a PhD in the Centre for Disability Studies. My research is looking at the ways in which disabled people’s organisations interact with governement bodies at the European level using their collective voice, and which campaign strategies have led to the successful representation of that voice in resultant policy.


  • Early Stage Researcher - Disability Advocacy Research in Europe
  • Marie Curie Innovative Training Network

Research interests

I am completing my PhD as part of the Marie Curie-funded DARE (Disability Advocacy Research in Europe) project.

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