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Kate Boyer

Dr Kate Boyer

Reader in Human Geography

School of Geography and Planning

+44 29208 75244
Glamorgan Building, Room Room 2.93, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Human Geographer with research interests in Feminist, Social and Cultural Geography.  I am especially interested in how place and space intersect with experiences and understandings of gender, sexuality, race and other factors.  Having worked extensively on geographies of breastfeeding and early motherhood, since 2019 I have been developing a line of research on sexual harassment and feminist activism to combat it, including efforts to bring forth more positive gender cultures through education-based near-peer workshops in UK secondary schools.

I have supervised many PhD students to completion and would consider supervising new PhD students interested in working on efforts to combat gender-based violence and promote more positive gender cultures and urban/feminist activisms.










  • Mayes, R., Pini, B. and Boyer, K. 2015. Becoming Kalgoorlie. Griffith Review(47), article number: Online article.






  • Layne, L. L., Vostral, S. L. and Boyer, K. eds. 2010. Feminist technology. Women, Gender and Technology. University of Ilinois Press.










I am interested in how understandings about gender, work and the body are produced in and through space; together with how these processes bear upon health, wellbeing and social justice. I am currently exploring these interests through three inter-related streams of research.

I am currently focusing on a research stream on efforts to bring forth more positive gender cultures in the UK based on interviews with people who run peer-peer and near-peer workshops on sexual consent, combatting sexual violence, sexual harassment, homophobia and transphobia.   I am especially interested in the kind of emotion-work, culture-work, and spaces this activity requires.  I am happy to do media work on this topic.

Previous to this I wrote extensively about motherhood and breastfeeding over the last 10 years and published a research monograph on that topic in 2018 (Spaces and Politics of Motherhood, with Rowman and Littlefield Press).  I am happy to media work on this topic.

I have published work in such journals as Progress in Human Geography, Health and Place; Gender, Space and Culture; Rural StudiesSocial and Cultural Geography and Antipode; and have co-edited book (with L. Layne and S. Vostral) with the University of Illinois Press on Feminist Technology.


I am a Reader in Human Geography, having received my PhD from McGill University and my MA from the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to Cardiff in 2014 I served for seven years as a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Southampton, and five years as a Visiting Assistant Professor (lecturer) in the Department of Science and Technology Studies in Troy, New York. I have also held positions as a lecturer in the School of Geography and Planning at the State University of New York, and as a policy researcher at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York. I have received multiple awards for my teaching, currently supervise three PhD students, and am open to supervising additional PhD students in areas relating to my fields of expertise.


  • B.A.Geography (Cum Laude), Macalester College (Minnesota, USA)1991
  • M.A.(Human Geography) University of British Columbia 1994
  • Ph.D.(Human Geography) McGill University, Quebec 2001


  • 2014 - present, Lecturer-Reader in Human Geography, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University.
  • 2007, Lecturer Human Geography, School of Geography, Southampton.
  • 2002-2007, Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • 2000-02, Researcher, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, New York.
  • 1998-00, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, The State University of New York at Albany.


I would consider supervising any project relating to the broad fields of care-work, parenting or breastfeeding. I am also keen on supervising topics relating to education-based progammes aimed at reducing sexual harassment and sexual violence on University campuses and promoting more positive forms of masculinity and better understandings of consent, including enhansing understanding about which such programmes are most effective.