Kate is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of East Anglia. Originally a medical sociologist, for the past decade she has had a research interest in how information about food is interpreted and applied. Her current and most recent work is in the sociological study of human animal relations and in particular, looking at cultural representations of nonhuman animals. This work has covered a diverse range of subject matter, including children’s films, educational materials, television advertising and social media.
She is the co-author (with Matthew Cole) of the 2014 book 'Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood' published by Routledge.