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Professor Kay Peggs

Professor of Criminology and 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


  • 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 3 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 forthcoming.

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.

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

Research student supervision



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