A portrait of Kimberly Lopez. She has long dark hair, and is smiling while looking slightly off to the right.

A portrait of Kimberly Lopez. She has long dark hair, and is smiling while looking slightly off to the right.

Kimberly Lopez

mailto:kimberly.lopez@uwaterloo.ca

Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. She critically examines social structures that reinforce difference and marginalisation. As a community-engaged qualitative scholar, she values working collaboratively and creatively to know more about: leisure and self-care in caring work, invisibility in caring labour, aging well in long-term care homes, leisure in and through helping professions, and digital leisure technologies. With a background in facilitating inclusive leisure and recreation experiences, she is committed to social change through transformational inquiry, inclusive organisation, advocacy, and activism.

Current projects:

(1) Families Caring with Personal Support Workers (PSWs) – Strategies to Enhance Relational Care

(2) Designing Inclusive Culture - Identifying threats to reproducing disabling practices (partnership with Sadie's Place for Innovative Inclusion)

(3) A return to the body: A toolkit for connecting and re-centering leisure approaches through sensory stimulation