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Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Kate is a Principal Lecturer in Sociology and a member of the Department of Social and Political Sciences Leadership Team, who provide academic leadership, strategic and operational management in the Department.

Originally a medical sociologist, for the past decade she has had a research interest in how information about food is interpreted and applied. Her current and most recent work is in the sociological study of veganism and human animal relations.

Kate has also published on social research methods, and qualitative research methods in particular. She authored some of the earliest work on the use of online research methods, and has been training researchers in the use of qualitative data analysis software (NVivo and Atlas.ti) since the mid-1990s.

Career overview

Kate completed her BSc (Econ) in Sociology & Social Policy, MSc (Econ) in Social Science Research Methods, and her PhD in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, before spending a decade leading social science teaching at the University of Wales College of Medicine School of Dentistry. She spent three years as Research Fellow at Bristol University, leading large scale projects funded by the Department of Health and NIHR.

Kate joined NTU in 2016 from the University of Nottingham School of Medicine where she had responsibility for social science teaching, and was one of the School’s two senior tutors.

In 2016 Kate completed her Master of Education degree with the Open University, and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Research areas

Kate’s most recent work is in the area of critical animal studies and vegan studies and in particular, looking at cultural representations of nonhuman animals. This work has covered a diverse range of subject matter, including children’s films, educational materials, television advertising and social media.

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website


Recent and key publications:

Cole, M. and Stewart, K., 2021. (Mis) representing veganism in film and television. In L. Wight (ed) The Routledge Handbook of Vegan Studies, pp.319-332.

Cole, M. and Stewart, K., 2021. The distance between us. The Psychologist. Jan 21. ISSN 0952-8229

Cole, M. and Stewart, K., 2020. Socializing Superiority: The Cultural Denaturalization of Children’s Relations with Animals. Research Handbook on Childhoodnature: Assemblages of Childhood and Nature Research, pp.1-25.

Cole, M. & Stewart, K. (2018) ‘Advertising oppression: The reproduction of anthroparchy in UK children’s and ‘family’ television’, in J. Sorenson and A. Matsuoka (eds) Critical Animal Studies, Rowman and Littlefield International.

Cole M and Stewart K (2018) ‘Speciesism Party: an intersectional vegan critique of Sausage Party’, in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment Advance 24 (4), 767-786.

Cole M and Stewart K (2017) ‘”A newlife in the countryside awaits”: interactive lessons in the rural utopia in ‘farming’ simulation games.’, in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 38(3):402-415 2016 .

Stewart K and Cole M (2016) ‘The creation of a killer species: cultural rupture in representations of ‘urban foxes’ in UK newspapers’, in Almiron N, Freeman C and Cole M (eds) Critical Animal Studies and the Media Routledge.

Cole M and Stewart K (2016) ‘”I need Fish Fingers & Custard” The irruption and suppression of vegan ethics in Doctor Who’, in  Potts A (ed) Critical Perspectives on Meat Culture Leiden:Brill.

Cole M and Stewart K (2014) Our Children and Other Animals Aldershot: Ashgate

Procter S, Stewart K, Reeves D, Bowen L, Purdy S, Ridd M and Salisbury C (2014) ‘Complex consultations in primary care: a tool for assessing the range of health problems and issues addressed in general practice consultations’ BMC Family Practice, 15:105 doi:10.1186/1471-2296-15-105

Salisbury C, Procter S, Bowen L, Stewart K, Purdy S, Ridd M, Valderas J, Blakeman T, Bower P, Reeves D (2013) ‘The impact of multimorbidity on primary care consultations: a cross sectional study based on video-recordings’. British Journal of General Practice 63 (616), e751-e759(9)

Stewart KF, Fairchild RM, Jones RJ, Harris C, Morgan MZ (2013) ‘Children’s Understandings and Motivations Surrounding Novelty Sweets: A Qualitative Study’. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 23(6): pages 424–434,DOI: 10.1111/ipd.12012

Stewart K (2012) Considering CAQDAS: using and choosing software, Delamont S (ed) Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education, Edward Elgar.

Cameron A, Salisbury C, Lart R, Stewart K, Peckham S, Calnan M, Purdy S, Thorp H. (2011) Policy makers' perceptions on the use of evidence from evaluations. Evidence & Policy. 7(4)431-449

Salisbury C, Stewart K, Purdy S, Thorp H, Cameron A, Lart R, Peckham S, Calnan M.(2011) ‘Lessons from evaluation of the NHS white paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say’ British Journal of General Practice 61 (592): e766-e771(6) doi:10.3399/bjgp11X606780

Salisbury C, Stewart K, Purdy S, Thorp H, Cameron A, Lart R, Peckham S, Calnan M. (2011) 'Making the most of evaluation: a mixed methods study of the use of evaluation within the NHS', in Journal of Health Services Research and Policy doi:10.1258/jhsrp.2011.010137

Stewart K, Cole M (2009) ‘The Conceptual Separation of Food and Animals in Childhood’ Food, Culture and Society 12(4): 457-476 doi: 10.2752/175174409X456746

Morgan M, Fairchild R, Phillips A, Stewart K, Hunter L (2009) ‘A Content Analysis of Children’s Television Advertising: focus on food and oral health’, Public Health Nutrition 12(6): 748–755 doi: 10.1017/S1368980008003169

Stewart K, Gill P, Chadwick B, Treasure E (2008) ‘Qualitative research in dentistry’, British Dental Journal 204(5): 235-239 doi:10.1038/bdj.2008.149

Stewart K and Williams M (2005) ‘Researching Online Populations: The Use of Online Focus Groups for Social Research’, Qualitative Research 5(4) 395-416 doi: 10.1177/1468794105056916

Selwyn N and Robson K (2003) ‘Email as a Research Tool’ (revised and updated), in RL Miller and JD Brewer (eds) ‘The A-Z of Social Research’ London, Sage

Bloor M, Frankland J, Thomas M, Robson K (2001) ‘Focus Groups in Social Research’ London, Sage. ISBN: 9780761957430

Selwyn, N and Robson, K (1998) ‘Using Email as a Research Tool’, Social Research Update 21

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Press expertise

Kate has appeared on local, national and international radio stations discussing her work on veganism and human-animal relations.

She has written several pieces for The Conversation on these topics:

Course(s) I teach on

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    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2021