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.

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 is also interested in bringing sociological perspectives to end of life care, death, dying and bereavement studies.

Previous research has included her doctoral research investigating family lives in the context of female same sex parenthood (twenty years later, Kathryn has recently completed a follow up study of these families, funded by the British Academy, 2017-19)

Other topics with a focus on family lives have included:

  • The views of parents, young people and health/social care professionals about young adults with intellectual disabilities transitioning into adult services
  • Domestic violence - understanding what helps women leave abusive relationships
  • Children’s family lives living in deprived areas

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.

Kathryn serves on the editorial board for the British Sociological Association's flagship journal Sociology and the journal Mortality.

She is an experienced doctoral supervisor and welcomes expressions of interest from PhD applicants in line with her research interests (see under expertise).

Kathryn was the Athena SWAN School Champion for the School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, 2017-19 and led the first (and successful) Silver application for the School.

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