Dr Kate Reed
Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology (BA, MA, PhD)
Course Leader - MA in Social Research
Co-ordinator - MA Programme
Room: Elmfield, B06d | Telephone: 0114 222 6478 (external), 26478 (internal)
I joined the department in January 2004 as a Lecturer in Medical Sociology. I conducted my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Liverpool, Lancaster and Southampton. After completing my PhD in 2000 at the university of Southampton I held a lectureship from 2000-2003 in Sociology at the University of Kent before moving to the University of Sheffield.
My research interests are as follows: sociology of health and illness, gender, social theory, race and ethnicity.
I have recently completed two research projects. The first project was co-run with myself and Professor Larry Ray from the University of Kent. The project was funded by the Canterbury and District Multicultural Association and was based on a needs assessment of ethnic minority groups within the Kent area. The project focused on comparing the experiences of settled minority groups (e.g Chinese, South Asian) to those recently migrated (Asylum seekers/refugees). The second project was a pilot project focusing on individualization and health. This project explored the health of single people in their 20's and 30's. I am currently working with Larry Ray on a proposal for a project on Romany identity in the UK. I am also developing my research interests in the area of the new genetics.
|Funded Research Projects|
|2012-2013||The British Academy||Visualising the Fetus: Exploring the Production and Use of Obstetric Magnetic Resonance Imaging|
|2009||Devolved Fund- Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield||Racializing prenatal technology: evaluating ethnic minority use of ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during pregnancy|
|2006||The Wellcome Trust||Antenatal screening and the gendering of Genetic responsibility|
|2001-2002||Canterbury and District Multi-cultural Association, Canterbury UK||Needs assessment of ethnic minority groups in the Canterbury area
(with Prof. Larry Ray)
|2001-2002||Social Sciences Small Grant Scheme, University of Kent||Individualizing health: Exploring the health choice and status of people living alone|
I teach and supervise students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I take a student centered approach to teaching and learning, encouraging students to engage with a broad array of materials and develop their own opinions and arguments in response to that material. Given that one of my core areas of teaching is the sociology of health and medicine, I also encourage students to draw on their experiences and engagement with health, illness and health care as well as with media representations of health. My teaching is very much driven by my empirical research interests in the areas of health, illness and medicine and in the sociology of the new genetics. However, the role of social theory as a tool for ‘seeing’ the social world and its connections to the empirical and substantive world are also central to both my research and teaching practices.
I currently convene the following undergraduate modules:
- SCS2001 Sociological Theory and Analysis
- SCS3028 Sociology of Health Illness and Medicine
- SCS3015 Sociology of the New Genetics
I am also involved in the supervision of students taking extended essays and dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on the following modules:
- SCS3001 Dissertation in Sociology
- SCS3002 Dissertation in Social Policy
- SCS3003 Extended Essay in Sociology
- SCS3004 Extended Essay in Social Policy
- SCS6330 Dissertation in Social Research
Over the past ten years I have supervised postgraduate students on a range of areas and issues in sociology. Recent projects that I have been involved in supervising include a study on the ‘raced’ nature of femininity and an ethnographic study on ethnicity, community and Somali youth. I welcome applications to study full-time or part-time with me for MPhil or PhD research degrees that are related to my activities and experience. I would be particularly interested in hearing from students who wish to undertake research in the area of sociology of health, illness and medicine. Students with an interest in the new genetics, and reproductive technology would be particularly welcome. I would also welcome supervising students with interests in the areas of social theory, race and ethnicity, gender studies.
To find out more about our PhD programmes, go to:
Studying for a PhD in Sociology
Publications since 2005
Reed, K (2012) (In press) ‘The Body’ in (eds) C. Williams and M. Evans Gender: Key Concepts London: Routledge.
Reed, K (2012) Gender and Genetics: Sociology of the Prenatal (CESAGEN Genetics and Society Series) London: Routledge.
Reed, K (2011) '“He’s the dad isn’t he?” Gender, race and the politics of prenatal screening', Ethnicity and Health 16(4-5): 327-341
Reed, K (2011) 'Making men matter: exploring gender roles in prenatal blood screening', Journal of Gender Studies 20(1): 55-66
Reed, K (2010) 'The Spectre of Research Ethics and Governance and the ESRC's 2010 FRE: Nowhere Left to Hide?' Sociological Research Online, 15 (4) 17 (Invited Submission) <http://www.socresonline.org.uk/15/4/17.html>
Reed, K (2009) '‘It’s them faulty genes again’: women, men and the gendered nature of genetic responsibility' Sociology of Health and Illness 31(3): 343-359.
Reed, K (2009) 'Fathers’ involvement in antenatal screening: midwives’ views' British Journal of Midwifery, 17(4): 218-222.
Reed, K (2007a) ‘Bureaucracy and beyond: the impact of ethical review and research governance on health research in the social sciences’ Sociological Research Online, 12(5): <http://www.socresonline.org.uk/12/5/18.html>
Reed, K (2007b) ‘Antenatal screening and the gendering of genetic responsibility’ Reproductive Health 4:8 <http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/content/4/1/8>
Reed, K (2007c) ‘Racing the feminist agenda: exploring the intersections between race, Ethnicity and Gender’ in (eds) Richardson, D and Robinson, V Introducing Women's Studies: Feminist Theory and Practice Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Reed, K (2006) New Directions in Social Theory: Race, Gender and the Canon Sage: London
Ray, L. and Reed, K. (2005) ‘Community, mobility and racism in a semi-rural area: Comparing minority experience in East Kent’ in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 28(2): 212-/234.
Reed, K. (2005) ‘Comparing new migration with old: exploring the issue of Asylum and settlement’ in Alexander, C and Knowles, C (eds) Making Race Matter. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Reed, K. and Ray, L. (2005) 'Community, mobility and racism in a semi-rural area: Comparing minority experience in East Kent'; Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 28: 212-34.
A full list of publications can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right of this page.