Dr. Kate Bacon

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Livesey House, LH220

+44 (0) 1772 89 3981

Kate's research specialism is the sociology of childhood and since completing her doctorate in sociology and social anthropology at Hull she has published on twinship and social identity, children and citizenship, and issues relating to the practice and ethics of conducting social research with children. Kate is co-course leader of the Children, Schools and Families degree. She teaches a range of modules across this programme and also teachers the ‘childhood sociology’ stream of the sociology degree.

Kate took part in a podcast on The Conversation about the research into twins called ‘Anthill 26: Twins’.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Kate’s current research relates to the Sociology of Childhood. Topics include twinship and social identity, childhood identities, childhood inequalities and children and citizenship. Kate has published a single authored book with Palgrave Macmillan called Twins in Society, Parents, Bodies, Space and Talk. This book explores how twins experience twinship as they move through the life course.

The main focus of the book is child twins with adult twins providing a comparison. She has spoken about her book on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme and Preston FM. She has also written peer reviewed journal papers exploring theories of citizenship, the National Citizen Service, researching children, children’s use of bedroom space and sibling relationships.

Kate is a member of two research centres (The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University of Sheffield and the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at UCLan) and was entered in the Social Work and Social Policy REF.

She reviews book proposals for Palgrave Macmillan and also peer reviews journal articles sent to Children & Society and Qualitative Sociology Review. She is currently working on a research project exploring the ‘school leaver’ experiences of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is also co-writing a text book examining theories and concepts used in the interdisciplinary study of childhood. Kate’s research feeds directly into the modules she teaches on childhood. She is currently on supervisory teams for two PhD students and 2 EdD students.


Kate teaches three specialist modules on the sociology of childhood – The Social Construction of Childhood (Year 1), Diversity and Inclusive Practice (Year 2) and The Sociology of Childhood (Year 3). Kate's modules service a range of degree programmes including the Children Schools and Families (CSF), Sociology, Education and the top up degree in Public Services. Some of the childhood modules are also available to take as 'electives'. Alongside this she also leads a module on researching with children and young people and contributes to a range of other modules (within CSF and the MA programmes delivered through the School of Social Work, Care and Community).


PhD Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Hull, 2005
BA (Hons) Sociology (first class), University of Hull, 1996


Associate of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield
‘The Centre’, University of Central Lancashire
British Sociological Association