Dr Katarzyna Kucaba

Dr Katarzyna Kucaba PhD, MSc

Research and Enterprise Fellow

Dr Katarzyna Kucaba is a Research and Enterprise Fellow at the Institute for Lifecourse Development.

Kat joined the university in 2019 with a research interest for social psychology and sociology applied in the context of research about well-being and mental health of children, young people and adults.

Kat obtained her PhD in Sociology at the University of Leicester, where she examined life satisfaction in European countries in the context of 2008 recession.

Posts held previously

  • January 2018 - December 2018: Research Associate at the School of Education of the University of Bristol
  • October 2015 – December 2016: Research Assistant at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Leicester.
  • October 2013 – January 2016: Associate Tutor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Leicester and widening participation / employability Tutor

Responsibilities within the university

Research and Enterprise Fellow at the Institute for Lifecourse Development.


  • Reviewer: Journal of Happiness Studies, Social Indicators Research
  • Member of the British Sociological Society and International Society for Quality of Life Studies

Research / Scholarly interests

Kat's main research interests include quality of life of people during their lifecourse, children's aspirations and social life, values and identity.

In previous research associate and assistant roles, Kat analysed children's inter-ethnic friendships in England, conducted a systematic review of educational aspirations of children from ethnic minority backgrounds, collected national and regional data on migration statistics in major European cities, liaised with stakeholders including National Children's Bureau and presented the results at conferences and stakeholder meetings.

Kat is interested in application of quantitative methodology to the study of social life.

Key funded projects

  • 2020: University of Greenwich, Institute for Lifecourse Development Research Support Grant £2000: Children's and Young People's Views of Coronavirus and their lockdown experiences (PI: Val Tadic, Co-Is: Claire Monks, Katarzyna Kucaba)
  • 2012-2016: University of Leicester PhD Studentship: Europe in Times of Distress: Assessing Life Satisfaction from 2002 to 2012
  • 2010-2011: University of Manchester MSc Studentship

Recent publications


Monks, Claire P. , Smith, Peter K., Kucaba, Kat (2021), Peer victimisation in early childhood; observations of participant roles and sex differences. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18: 415 (2) ISSN: 1661-7827 (Print), 1660-4601 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020415).

Book section

McKeown, S. , Williams, A., Sagherian-Dickey, T., Kucaba, Katarzyna (2019), A new agenda for examining interethnic interactions amongst youth in diverse settings. Routledge. In: , , In: P.F. Titzmann, P. Jugert (eds.), Youth in Superdiverse Societies: Growing up with globalization, diversity, and acculturatio. Routledge, . ISBN: 9781138488397 (doi: ).