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Dr Kate Boyer

Dr Kate Boyer

Reader in Human Geography

School of Geography and Planning

+44 (0)29 2087 5244
Room 2.93, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Human Geographer with research interests in Social, Cultural and Feminist Geography.  I am especially interested in how place and space come to have meaning, including the politics of how these processes intersect with understandings of gender, care and embodiment.  In recent years I have studied geographies of gender and care as relating to breastfeeding the material world and new parents' experiences of mobility and immobility.  I am currently developing a new line of research on efforts to bring forth more positive gender cultures and combat sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence through near-peer and peer-to peer workshops.

I have supervised four PhD students to completion and am happy to consider new PhD students interested in working across any of these themes: sexual harassment and efforts to combat it; care-work; activism (especially feminist and urban), materiality, parenthood, embodiment and social space, breastfeeding/early child feeding, work-life harmonisation, or Deleuze and Feminism.


I am a Senior Lecturer 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 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.









  • 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 developing a new 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 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.

Past projects

male primary carers

nearly-new sales of childrens clothing

division of household labour amongst LGBTQ couples in the UK

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