Projects per year
I have completed funded research on funeral costs and practice, and professional development for staff in the deathcare industry. In 2016 I acted as a Special Advisor to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Bereavement Benefits, after which I commissioned and edited a wide ranging policy review on the implications of devolution for death, dying and bereavement in 2017. In 2019 at their request I gave evidence to the Competition and Markets Authority as part of their investigation into the funeral industry.
Over the years my work has been widely disseminated through the media, including numerous appearances on BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC Breakfast, and features in The Guardian and The Telegraph. I have undertaken consultancy work with Royal London, Axa SunLife and Volunteer Cornwall.
I am co-editor of the journal Mortality and on the editorial board for the journals Sociology and Death Studies.
I have successfully supported five students to the completion of their PhDs and was twice voted Supervisor of the Year by the University of Bath and Students' Union (2013-14 and 2014-15). I would welcome enquiries about doctoral supervision.
Prior to working at the University of Bath I undertook my bachelors degree in sociology at Lancaster University, my masters degree in sociological research at the University of Warwick, and my PhD at the University of Sheffield. I have completed two postgraduate certificates in teaching in higher education, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am a member of the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS), the UK’s only research centre devoted to the study of social aspects of death, dying and bereavement.
- Funeral practice
- Families and familial obligation
- Qualitative methods and research ethics
- Exploring the relationship between cremation and grief
- See Kate talk about her funeral poverty research in her lecture entitled 'Why should we care about dying?'
- Hear Kate talk about her research on Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed' with Laurie Taylor.
- Her Affording a Funeral project has also been covered in The Guardian.
Institute for Policy Research
Dr Woodthorpe undertook a sabbatical project with the Institute of Policy Research (IPR) to examine the risks and opportunities associated with the national and regional devolution of policy and services associated with death, dying and bereavement.
Death, Dying and Devolution
Dr Woodthorpe is working with the Scottish Government as the Social Fund Funeral Payment gets transferred.
Woodthorpe, K., Rumble, H., Corden, A. & Smith, Y., 1 Aug 2020, In : Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying. 8, 3, p. 370 - 392 22 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen Access2 Downloads (Pure)
Response by the Authors of “Cremation and Grief: Are Ways of Commemorating the Dead Related to Adjustment Over Time? ”Birrell, J., Schut, H., Stroebe, M., Anadria, D., Newsom, C., Woodthorpe, K., Rumble, H., Corden, A. & Smith, Y., 1 Sep 2020, In : Omega (United States). 81, 4, p. 710-712 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Letter
Woodthorpe, K. & Walker, A., 2019, In : Mortality. 24, 1, p. 1-16 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile48 Downloads (Pure)
Troyer, J., Valentine, C., Walter, T. & Woodthorpe, K., 2019, The Times Higher Education.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Article
Woodthorpe, K., 24 Apr 2019, In : Sociology. 53, 6, p. 1127-1142 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile39 Downloads (Pure)