Geography and Environment

Kate Boyer

Primary position:
Visiting Academic


The University of Southampton
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I am a lecturer in human geography, having received my PhD from McGill University and my MA from the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to Southampton in 2007 I served for 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 received the Mike Clark teaching award in 2008, and have served on the committees of five PhD students.

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

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.


The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Buser, Michael, Bonura, Carlo, Fannin, Maria and Boyer, Kate (2013) Cultural activism and the politics of place-making. City: Analysis of Urban Trends Culture Theory Policy Action, 17, (5), 1-26. (In Press).
Pini, Barbara, Mayes, Robyn and Boyer, Kate (2013) “Scary” heterosexualities in a rural Australian mining town. Journal of Rural Studies, 32, 168-176. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2013.06.002).
Boyer, Kate, Reimer, Suzanne and Irvine, Lauren (2013) The nursery workspace, emotional labour, and contested understandings of commoditised childcare in the contemporary UK. Social and Cultural Geography, 14, (5), 517-540. (doi:10.1080/14649365.2012.710913).
Boyer, Kate (2012) Affect, corporeality and the limits of belonging: breastfeeding in public in the contemporary UK. [in special issue: Using Scale to Think About HIV/AIDS Interventions: Local and Global Dimensions] Health & Place, 18, (3), 552-560. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.01.010).
England, Kim and Boyer, L.K. (2009) Women's work: the feminization and shifting meanings of clerical work. Journal of Social History, 43, (2), Winter Issue, 307-340. (doi:10.1353/jsh.0.0284).
Boyer, Kate and England, Kim (2008) Gender, work and technology in the information workplace from Remington to the ATM. Social and Cultural Geography, 9, (3), 241-256. (doi:10.1080/14649360801990462).
Boyer, L.K. (2006) Guest Editor’s Introduction: Gender, Space and Technology. ACME: an International E-journal for Critical Geographies, 5, (1), 1-8.
Boyer, Kate (2004) "Miss Remington" goes to work: gender, space, and technology at the dawn of the Information Age. The Professional Geographer, 56, (2), 201-212.

Book Section

Boyer, Kate (2010) A feminist technology, or (yet) "More Work for Mother"? In, Layne, Linda, Vostral, Sharra and Boyer, Kate (eds.) Feminist Technology. , University of Ilinois Press, 119-135. (Women, Gender, and Technology).


Research Interests

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. The first examines new cultures and spaces of parenting in the contemporary UK, including the socio-spatial practices of infant feeding, breastfeeding and breastmilk. These interests have led to research collaborations with colleagues in Public Health and Nutrition within the School of Medicine at Southampton, as well as with scholars in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of the West of England. Research in this stream has been published in recent issues of journals such as Progress in Human Geography, Health and Place, and Gender, Space and Culture.

A second research stream focuses on how wage-work and care-work relate to one another. Within this stream I am interested both in policy relating to work-life balance as well as the politics and economics of care-work, and I am currently examining commoditised care-work as emotional labour with Dr. Suzanne Reimer (also in the School of Geography at Southampton). The third research stream focuses on the socio-technical systems that mediate the gendered body. This interest has led to papers in journals such as Social and Cultural Geography and ACME, as well as my recent co-edited book from the University of Illinois Press, Feminist Technology.

Primary research group:  Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Research project

Care theme


BA Joint Honours Programme Leader

Teaching Responsibilities

I convene a second-year undergraduate unit on Gender, Space and Work, and contribute to units on Wellness and Wellbeing; Critical Human Geographies, Introductory Human Geography, and Advanced Geographic Methods (international field course). I further lead tutorial groups and contribute to the post-graduate program.


Dr Kate Boyer
University of Southampton
University Road
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/2061

Telephone: (023) 8059 3261