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Dr Kay Peggs

  • Qualifications: BSc Hons Sociology (Portsmouth), MSc Social Research Methods (Surrey), PhD Sociology, title ’Women and Pensions’ (Surrey)
  • Role Title: Reader in Sociology
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6093
  • Email: kay.peggs@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My research approaches issues associated with discrimination and power from a range of social perspectives. I am currently particularly interested in exploring what social perspectives (such as critical sociology, standpoint sociology and feminism) have to offer to the study of oppressions related to species. Current research interests include human/nonhuman divide, intersectionality and complex inequalities, and social ethics and moral consideration. I am also a research methods specialist. I have applied a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches in my research. I am currently working on observation as a methodological approach and am exploring creative methodologies.

Teaching Responsibilities

Kay teaches a core level two unit, Risk in Society, and two optional level three units, Animals in Society and Arts and Society. Kay also supervises third year dissertations in a range of areas.

At postgraduate levels, Kay contributes to units for the MA European Studies programme and  for the MA in War, History and Culture.  She offers PhD supervision in a range of areas including; nonhuman animals in society; self, identity and identity politics; risk in society; couple relationships; and social research methods.

Research Interests

Research Clusters

  • Sociology and Social Theory
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Research Interests

  • Discrimination and power: Human/nonhuman divide, Gender, intersectionality and complex inequalities, Ethics, Self and identity, Couple relationships.
  • Reflexive sociology: Critical sociology, Standpoint sociology.
  • Research methods: Combining methods, Creative methodologies.

Current Research 

  • Monograph. Experiments, Animal Bodies and Human Values. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Chapter in edited book ‘From Centre to Margins and Back Again: Critical Animal Studies and the Reflexive Human Self ’. In N. Taylor and R. Twine (Eds.). The Growth of Critical Animal Studies. Bloomsbury: Continuum



  • Peggs, Kay (2013) Transgenic animals, biomedical experiments and ‘progress’. Journal of Animal Ethics, 3 (1). pp. 41-56. ISSN 2156-5414 10.5406/janimalethics.3.1.0041
  • Peggs, Kay (2013) The ‘animal-advocacy agenda’: exploring sociology for non-human animals. The Sociological Review, 61 (3). pp. 591-606. ISSN 1467-954X 10.1111/1467-954X.12065
  • Peggs, Kay (2011) Risk, human health, and the oppression of nonhuman animals: the development of transgenic nonhuman animals for human use. Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/ Animal Interface Studies, 2 (2). pp. 49-69. ISSN 2151-8645
  • Peggs, Kay (2010) Nonhuman animal experiments in the European Community: human values and rational choice. Society and Animals: journal of Human-Animal Studies, 18 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1063-1119 10.1163/106311110X12586086158367
  • Peggs, Kay (2009) A hostile world for nonhuman animals: human identification and the oppression of nonhuman animals for human good. Sociology, 43 (1). pp. 85-102. ISSN 0038-038510.1177/0038038508099099
  • Peggs, Kay (2009) The social constructionist challenge to primacy identity and the emancipation of oppressed groups: human primacy identity politics and the human/'animal' dualism. Sociological Research Online, 14 (1). ISSN 1360-7804 10.5153/sro.1833
  • Peggs, Kay (2000) Researching women and pensions: empowerment and sharing ‘expert’ knowledge.Research Policy and Planning, 18 (3). pp. 3-12. ISSN 0264-519X
  • Peggs, Kay (2000) Which pension?: women, risk and pension choice. The Sociological Review, 48 (3). pp. 349-364. ISSN 1467-954X 10.1111/1467-954X.00220
  • Lampard, R. and Peggs, Kay (1999) Repartnering: the relevance of parenthood and gender to cohabitation and remarriage among the formerly married. British Journal of Sociology, 50 (3). pp. 443-465. ISSN 0007-1315 10.1111/j.1468-4446.1999.00443.x



  • Smart, BarryPeggs, Kay and Burridge, Joseph, eds. (2013) Observation methods. SAGE Publications, Los Angeles. ISBN 9781446208113
  • Peggs, Kay (2012) Animals and sociology. In: The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series . Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0230292577
  • Lampard, R. and Peggs, Kay (2007) Identity and repartnering after separation. In: Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 1403939349


Book Section

  • Peggs, Kay (2014) From Centre to Margins (and Back Again): Critical Animal Studies and the Reflexive Human Self. In N. Taylor and R. Twine (Eds.) The Growth of Critical Animal Studies.  London: Routledge.
  • Peggs, Kay (2013) Observation methods. In: Observation methods :. SAGE benchmarks in social research methods, 1 . SAGE Publications, Los Angeles, xxiii-xliii. ISBN 9781446208113
  • Peggs, Kay (2011) Human primacy identity politics, nonhuman animal experiments and the oppression of nonhuman animals. In: Carter, B. and Charles, N., eds. Human and other animals: critical perspectives :. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 133-152. ISBN 9780230246591
  • Peggs, Kay and Davies, M. (2001) Women and pensions: perspectives, motivations and choices. In: Ginn, J.Street, D. and Arber, S., eds. Women, work and pensions: international issues and prospects :. Open University Press, Buckingham, pp. 86-102. ISBN 0335205941
  • Litva, A.Peggs, Kay and Moon, G. (2001) The beauty of health: locating young women’s health and appearance. In: Dyck, I.Lewis, N. and McLafferty, S., eds. Geographies of women's health :. Routledge international studies of women and place (3). Routledge, London, pp. 248-264. ISBN 041523607X
  • Peggs, Kay and Lampard, R. (2000) (Ir)rational choice: a multidimensional approach to choice and constraint in decisions about marriage, divorce and remarriage. In: Archer, M. and Tritter, J., eds. Rational choice theory: resisting colonization :. Critical realism: interventions . Routledge, London, pp. 93-110. ISBN 0415242711


Conference or Workshop Item

  • Peggs, Kay (2009) Human hazards, human primacy, and the oppression of nonhuman animals. In: The 2009 International Academic and Community Conference on Animals and Society: Minding Animals, 2009-07-13 - 2009-07-19, Newcastle.
  • Peggs, Kay (2008) A hostile world for nonhuman animals: human identification and the oppression of nonhuman animals for human good. In: The British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2008: Social Worlds, Natural Worlds, 2008-03-28 - 2008-03-30, University of Warwick.

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  • 2012 Human Nonhuman Animal Imaginaries. Minding Animals International Conference. Utrecht, The Netherlands. July 2012.
  • 2011 ‘A Call to Arms’?: Exploring Sociology for Other Animals. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London School of Economics. April 2011.
  • 2010 Risk, Human Health and the Oppression of Nonhuman Animals: the Development of Transgenic Nonhuman Animals for Human Use. ESRC/MRC Network Understanding human behaviour through human-animal relations. Bristol University, UK. March 2010. (Invited speaker)
  • 2009 Human Hazards, Human Primacy, and the Oppression of Nonhuman Animals. International Academic and Community Conference on Animals and Society: Minding Animals. Newcastle, Australia July 2009. 
  • 2008 A Hostile World for Nonhuman Animals: Human Identification and the Oppression Of Nonhuman Animals For Human Good. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Warwick, April 2008.

Postgraduate Research Supervised

Kay offers PhD supervision in a range of areas including; animals in society; gender and intersectionality; self, identity and identity politics; risk in society; couple relationships; and social research methods.

Achievement and Recognition

  • Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Animal Ethics.
  • Trustee & Membership Services Director of the British Sociological Association,
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Minding Animals International.
  • UK Council of Heads and Professors of Sociology.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Research Group 'Food Ethics' University of Vienna


  • American Sociological Association.
  • British Sociological Association
  • International Sociological Association.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Portsmouth City Council. Research design and methods.
  • The Feeding Futures Charity. Research design and methods.