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Professor Kay Peggs

Professor of Sociology


I joined Kingston University in 2016. Previously I held positions at Warwick (Research Fellow in Sociology), Portsmouth (Reader in Sociology) and Winchester (Professor of Sociology and Animal Studies). After completing my PhD (Surrey) on women and pensions I worked on an ESRC-funded project on couple relationships.  My current research addresses the persistence of complex inequalities associated with species. I centre on how animals are central to the study of society. My publications on this theme include Animals and Sociology (Palgrave 2012). Forthcoming publications include Experiments, Animal Bodies and Human Values (Routledge) and the co-authored (Not) Consuming Animals: Ethics, Environment and Lifestyle Choices (Routledge), which is based on the research project I led on veganism and consumption. I am also a research methods specialist, have an MSc in Social Research Methods and am co-editor of two major four volume sets, Observation Methods (SAGE 2013) and Critical Social Research Ethics (SAGE 2018)

Areas of specialism

  • Animals in society
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Consumption and ethics
  • Green criminology
  • Animal ethics
  • Research methods and research ethics
  • Crime and the media
  • Arts in society
  • Gender and ageing


  • 1996 – 1997: P.G.C.E.A in Higher Education, University of Surrey.
  • 1991 – 1995: PhD Sociology. Thesis ‘Women and Pensions', University of Surrey
  • 1990 – 1991: MSc Social Research Methods, University of Surrey
  • 1983 – 1986: BSc (Hons) Sociology, Portsmouth Polytechnic.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Visiting Fellow in Sociology, University of Portsmouth.

Member of British Sociological Association (Trustee and Director 2009 - 2014). 

Member of the International Network for Cultural and Social Studies on Vegetarianism and Veganism Advisory Board, University of Vienna.

Member of the Vegan Society Research Advisory Committee.

Member of the British Sociological Association Animal/Human Studies Group.

Member of the British Sociological Association Animal/Human Studies Group

Member of the British Sociological Association Sociology of the Arts Studies Group

Member of the British Sociological Association Risk and Society Study Group

Member of Heads and Professors of Sociology.

Consultant Editor Journal of Animal Ethics.

Member of the Advisory Board, Palgrave Macmillan Book Series on Animal Ethics.


Currently I am working on four projects:

Veganism, ethics and lifestyle - which investigates perspectives on veganism.  Around 200 vegans participated in the study and a co-authored book (with Barry Smart and Joseph Burridge – Portsmouth University) ‘(Not) Consuming Animals: Environment, Ethics and Lifestyle Choices' (Routledge) is in preparation

A sole-authored book titled ‘Experiments, Animal Bodies and Human Values' (Routledge) that offers a critical sociological reflection on the ethics of using nonhuman animals in biomedical experiments. This book expands on my previous work, which has been published in a range of journals.

I am an expert in social research methods and am very interested in the ethics of social research.  A co-edited four volume set (with Barry Smart and Joseph Burridge)' Critical Social Research Ethics' (SAGE) is in press. 

Sociology and animals - which seeks to show how the acceptance of nonhuman animals in sociology enhances the richness of the discipline.


Number of items: 24.


Peggs, Kay and Smart, Barry (2017) Nonhuman animal suffering : critical pedagogy and practical animal ethics. Society and Animals, 25(2), pp. 181-198. ISSN (print) 1063-1119

Peggs, Kay [Reviewer] (2017) What have animals to do with social work? : a sociological reflection on species and social work : Book Review of "Animals in social work : why and how they matter" by Thomas Ryan. Journal of Animal Ethics, 7(1), pp. 96-108. ISSN (print) 2156-5414

Peggs, Kay (2015) An insufferable business : ethics, nonhuman animals and biomedical experiments. Animals, 5(3), pp. 624-642. ISSN (online) 2076-2615

Peggs, Kay (2013) Transgenic animals, biomedical experiments and "progress". Journal of Animal Ethics, 3(1), pp. 41-56. ISSN (print) 2156-5414

Peggs, Kay (2013) The 'animal-advocacy agenda' : exploring sociology for nonhuman animals. The Sociological Review, 61(3), pp. 591-606. ISSN (print) 0038-0261

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 (online) 2151-8645

Peggs, Kay (2010) Nonhuman animal experiments in the European Community : human values and rational choice. Society and Animals, 18(1), pp. 1-20. ISSN (print) 1063-1119

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 (print) 0038-0385

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 (online) 1360-7804

Peggs, Kay (2000) Researching women and pensions : empowerment and sharing 'expert' knowledge. Research, Policy and Planning, 18(3), pp. 3-12. ISSN (print) 0264-519X

Peggs, Kay (2000) Which pension? : women, risk and pension choice. The Sociological Review, 48(3), pp. 349-364. ISSN (print) 0038-0261

Lampard, Richard 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 (print) 0007-1315


Smart, Barry , Peggs, Kay and Burridge, Joseph, eds. (2018) Critical social research ethics. London, U.K. : SAGE Publications. 1253p. ISBN 9781473907577 (In Press)

Smart, Barry , Peggs, Kay and Burridge, Joseph, eds. (2013) Observation methods. Los Angeles, U.S.A. : SAGE. (Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods.) ISBN 9781446208113

Peggs, Kay (2012) Animals and sociology. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 177p. (Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series) ISBN 9780230292574

Lampard, Richard and Peggs, Kay (2007) Identity and repartnering after separation. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 255p. ISBN 9781403939340

Book Section

Peggs, Kay and Smart, Barry (2018) Foucault's bio-power. In: Downing, Lisa, (ed.) After Foucault : culture, theory and criticism in the 21st century. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316506042 (In Press)

Smart, Barry and Peggs, Kay (2018) Introduction: critical reflections on ethics in social research. In: Smart, Barry , Peggs, Kay and Burridge, Joseph, (eds.) Critical social research ethics. London, U.K. : SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781473907577 (In Press)

Peggs, Kay (2014) From centre to margins and back again: critical animal studies and the reflexive human self. In: Taylor, Nik and Twine, Richard, (eds.) The rise of critical animal studies: from the margins to the centre. Abingdon, UK : Routledge. pp. 36-51. (Routledge advances in sociology, no. 125) ISBN 9780415858571

Peggs, Kay (2011) Human primacy identity politics, nonhuman animal experiments and the oppression of nonhuman animals. In: Carter, Bob and Charles, Nickie, (eds.) Human and other animals: critical perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 133-152. ISBN 9780230246591

Peggs, Kay (2006) Change, pensions and ageing in Europe : discourses of risk and security. In: Carr, Fergus and Massey, Andrew, (eds.) Public policy and the new European agendas. Cheltenham, U.K. : Edward Elgar. pp. 346-360. (New Horizons in Public Policy) ISBN 9781843768135

Peggs, Kay and Davis, Mary (2001) Women and pensions: perspectives, motivations and choices. In: Ginn, Jay , Street, Debra and Arber, Sara, (eds.) Women, work and pensions: international issues and prospects. Buckingham, U.K. : Open University Press. pp. 86-102. ISBN 9780335205943

Litva, Andrea, Peggs, Kay and Moon, Graham (2001) The beauty of health : locating young women’s health and appearance. In: Dyck, Isabel , Davis Lewis, Nancy and McLafferty, Sara, (eds.) Geographies of women’s health. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 248-264. (Routledge International Studies of Women and Place, no. 3) ISBN 041523607X

Peggs, Kay and Lampard, Richard (2000) (Ir)rational choice : a multidimensional approach to choice and constraint in decisions about marriage, divorce and remarriage. In: Archer, Margaret S and Tritter, Jonathan Q, (eds.) Rational choice theory : resisting colonization. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 93-110. (Critical Realism - Interventions) ISBN 041524272X

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