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Professor Kay Peggs


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)

Academic responsibilities

Professor of Criminology and Sociology


  • 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.

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


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

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 32.


Peggs, Kay (2018) Multi-species sociology of the body. Journal of Sociology, 54(4), pp. 504-519. ISSN (print) 1440-7833

Peggs, Kay (2017) What have animals to do with social work? : a sociological reflection on species and social work : Review essay 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 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 (2015) An insufferable business : ethics, nonhuman animals and biomedical experiments. Animals, 5(3), pp. 624-642. ISSN (online) 2076-2615

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

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

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

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. : 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. pp. 61-78. ISBN 9781107140493

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 (2018) Animal suffering matters. In: Linzey, Andrew and Linzey, Clair, (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of practical animal ethics. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 373-393. (The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series) ISBN 9781137366702

Peggs, Kay (2018) Introduction : The ethics of causing suffering. In: Linzey, Andrew and Linzey, Clair, (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of practical animal ethics. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 365-371. (The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series) ISBN 9781137366702

Peggs, Kay (2018) Religion, ethics, and vegetarianism : the case of McDonald's in India. In: Linzey, Andrew and Linzey, Clair, (eds.) The Routledge handbook of religion and animal ethics. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 232-244. (Routledge Handbooks in Religion) ISBN 9781138592728

Peggs, Kay (2018) Science fiction and science fact : ethics and nonhuman animal experiments. In: Linzey, Andrew and Linzey, Clair, (eds.) The ethical case against animal experiments. Urbana-Champaign, U.S. : University of Illinois Press. pp. 137-147. ISBN 9780252041327

Peggs, Kay and Smart, Barry (2018) Suffering existence : nonhuman animals and ethics. In: Linzey, Andrew and Linzey, Clair, (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of practical animal ethics. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 419-443. ISBN 9781137366702

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, Burridge, Joseph and Smart, Barry (2013) Observation methods and social research. In: Peggs, Kay , Smart, Barry and Burridge, Joseph, (eds.) Observation Methods. Los Angeles, U.S. : SAGE. pp. xxv-xlv. (Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods) ISBN 9781446208113

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

Conference or Workshop Item

Peggs, Kay (2019) McVeg : a critical analysis of vegetarianism, business ethics and animals as food. In: 10th Annual Faculty Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Sciences in a period of uncertainty; 03 - 04 Jun 2019, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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