University of Hertfordshire

Professor Kathryn Almack


Kathryn Almack

Professor Kathryn Almack


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Kathryn’s research is informed by a strong background and a sustained reputation and connections in the field of family sociology and social policy. This broadly address family lives, health and well-being across the life-course.  Previous research has included investigations of family lives in the context of same sex parenthood; the lives of young adults with intellectual disabilities, children’s family lives living in deprived areas. In recent years her research has had a substantial focus on older people, ageing and end of life care. She has developed an innovative programme of research exploring the impact of intersectionality in the lives of older people and at the end of life, particularly relating to sexual and gender identity and she is a recognized leader in this burgeoning research field.

 She has research interests in the everyday family lives of children and young people, in particular those living in or with difficult circumstances (such as parental separation/parental or sibling serious illness; living with a long term chronic illness). This includes questions of what resources, support and interventions children, young people and their families may draw upon in such circumstances; how such ‘troubles’ are defined and addressed by policy and professional interventions.

 Kathryn’s previous background was in social services and community development work. She has a firm commitment to, and many years’ experience in, collaborative work with policy makers and practitioners within, for example, NHS organisations, social care and education. Over the years, she has built enduring relationships to sustain a commitment to work with research partners and to ensure her research informs public policy.

 Kathryn serves on the editorial board of the British Sociological Association’s flagship journal, Sociology and from 2013-17 she was elected co-convener of the BSA’s Families and Relationships Study Group. 

Kathryn is an experienced doctoral supervisor. She welcomes expressions of interest from PhD candidates in line with her research interests as outlined above (and see under 'expertise')

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