Kate’s current research relates to the Sociology of Childhood. Topics include twinship and social identity, childhood identities, childhood inequalities and children and citizenship. Kate has published a single authored book with Palgrave Macmillan called Twins in Society, Parents, Bodies, Space and Talk. This book explores how twins experience twinship as they move through the life course.
The main focus of the book is child twins with adult twins providing a comparison. She has spoken about her book on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme and Preston FM. She has also written peer reviewed journal papers exploring theories of citizenship, the National Citizen Service, researching children, children’s use of bedroom space and sibling relationships.
Kate is a member of two research centres (The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University of Sheffield and the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at UCLan) and was entered in the Social Work and Social Policy REF.
She reviews book proposals for Palgrave Macmillan and also peer reviews journal articles sent to Children & Society and Qualitative Sociology Review. She is currently working on a research project exploring the ‘school leaver’ experiences of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is also co-writing a text book examining theories and concepts used in the interdisciplinary study of childhood. Kate’s research feeds directly into the modules she teaches on childhood. She is currently on supervisory teams for two PhD students and 2 EdD students.