Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


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 / Faculty Research Degrees Coordinator
  • 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 unit and an optional level three unit 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


View all publications on Parade…


  • 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.


  • 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.