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. Her work addresses family lives in different contexts across the lifecourse and includes same sex parenting and families dealing with death, dying and bereavment. 

Kathryn 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.

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 and to increasing research capacity in  social care; this forms a key part of her current work.

Kathryn serves on the editorial board for the British Sociological Association's flagship journal Sociology and the journals Families, Relationships and Society and Mortality.

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

Current grants:

Almack, K and Bunn F (PIs), Lynch, J, Littlechild, B, Yeung, E, Mioshi, E, Woolham, J, Moore, T, Greenlaw, C and Smith, A. Enhancing research capacity in adult social care and social work in the East of England: testing the feasibility of Research in Practice Teams (The SCRiPT study). National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research call. 

MacArtney, J, Dale, J, Almack, K, Mayland, C and Mitchell, C.  The impact and implications of Covid-19 on the relational, social, and healthcare experiences of hospice care in the West Midlands. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Agile Research and Innovation Response to COVID-19. 

Wills, W, Almack, K, Dickinson, A and Hamilton, L. Hertfordshire County Council and University of Hertfordshire Local Authority Research Practitioners Project. NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Eastern and North Thames.

Almack, K (lead for NIHR East of England Applied Research Collaboration – EoE ARC) as part of the NIHR National Priority of Adult Social Care and Social Work consortium of nine ARC partners (led by Julien Forder, ARC Kent, Sussex & Surrey). 

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