Katherine Kenny

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Visiting Fellow

Dr Katherine Kenny is an early career researcher in the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney. She gained her PhD in Sociology and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2015. Her research draws on science and technology studies and post-structuralist theories, and uses qualitative methodologies, to better understand how health and disease, (or illness and wellness) are understood, ‘treated’, experienced and made meaningful in ways that are often concealed within the dominant cultures of health, biomedicine and care. Her research interests include health and illness, biopolitics, the new materialisms, the politics of knowledge production and the lived experience of illness, wellness and care.

 

Her publications span a range of empirical topics including the lived-experience of advanced cancer (e.g. Subjectivity 2017, The Sociological Review 2018); informal care (The Sociological Review 2016); death, dying and bereavement (Health 2017, Palliative and Supportive Care 2017); cultural understandings of cancer in India (Critical Public Health 2018); and how health is measured and valued on a global scale  (Journal of Sociology 2015). However, they are unified by such questions as: what constitutes health and affliction, and how is it biomedically codified, and collectively and individually experienced? What forms of care are required and what kinds of suffering emerge in their absence? And how are health practices evolving within the rapidly changing contexts of biomedicine, health and informal care?

 

Since joining UNSW, she has contributed to two large ARC-funded collaborative projects. The first focuses on the social, relational, embodied and temporal dimensions of cancer survivorship drawing across the experiences of those who have been diagnosed with cancer, their families/caregivers and their health professionals (see Research Program on Cancer, Palliative and End-of-Life Care). The second concerns the social dimensions of antibiotic governance within a context of the growing global health threat of antimicrobial resistance (see Research Program on Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance). 

 

Publications

Book Chapters
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Broom A; Kenny K; Germov J, 2018, 'Global Public Health', in Germov J (ed.), Second Opinion: An introduction to health sociology, edn. 6th, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
2018
Broom A; Kenny K, 2018, 'The sociology of complementary and alternative medicine', in Germov J (ed.), Second Opinion: An introduction to health sociology, edn. 6th, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
2018
Kenny KE, 2017, 'From "Health for All" to "Health as Investment": The Role of Economic Rationalities in the Transition from International to Global Health 1978–2013', in Bek-Thomsen J; Christiansen C; Jacobsen S; Thorup M (ed.), History of Economic Rationality, Springer International, pp. 121 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52815-1_13
2017
Kenny KE, 2017, 'From “health for all” to “health as investment:” The role of economic rationalities in the transition from international to global health 1978–2013', in Ethical Economy, pp. 121 - 131,
2017
Conference Papers
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Kenny KE, 2013, 'Quantifying Disease, Economizing Life: The Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases on the Global Health Agenda', in Osbaldiston N; Strong C; Forbes-Mewett H (eds.), TASA 2013 Reflections, Intersections, and Aspirations: 50 years of Australian Sociology, TASA: The Australian Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Melbourne, presented at TASA: The Australian Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Melbourne, 25 November 2013 - 28 November 2013
2013
Conference Presentations
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Kenny KE, 2017, '“Temporalising personhood in the context of advanced cancer”', presented at Personhood and Personalisation in Health and Care, Sydney, 23 June 2017 - 23 June 2017
2017
Plage S; Broom A; Kirby E; Kenny K, 2017, 'Moral economy of time in cancer survivorship', presented at BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, York, UK, 13 September 2017 - 15 September 2017
2017
Kenny KE, 2017, '“Prognostication, visualisation and questions of ontology in cancer survivorship”', presented at The Australian Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Perth, WA, 27 November 2017 - 30 November 2017
2017
Kenny KE, 2017, '“Survival rates, cancer survivorship and questions of ontology”', presented at The British Sociological Association Annual Medical Sociology Conference (MedSoc), York, UK, 13 September 2017 - 15 September 2017
2017
Plage S; Broom A; Kirby E; Kenny K, 2016, 'Visualizing dis-ease: Cancer through the eyes of survivors', presented at TASA Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 28 November 2016 - 01 December 2016
2016
Kenny KE, 2014, '“The Biopolitics of Global Health: Life and death in neoliberal time', presented at Junior Theorist Symposium, University of California, Berkeley, 15 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
2014
Kenny KE, 2013, '“Quantifying Disease, Economizing Life, Governing Health: Knowledge and politics in the global tobacco epidemic”', presented at Science and the Politics of Emergent Life: Foucault and Beyond, University of Sydney, 23 August 2013 - 23 August 2013
2013
Kenny KE, 2013, '“Quantifying Disease, Economizing Life, Governing Health”', presented at Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 09 October 2013 - 12 October 2013
2013
Kenny KE, 2013, '“The Biopolitics of Global Health: epidemiological/epistemological transitions and the global health regime”', presented at Biopolitics of Science and Medicine Symposium, Monash University, Melbourne, 29 November 2013 - 29 November 2013
2013
Kenny KE, 2013, '“Quantifying Disease, Economizing Life: The Rise of Non-communicable Diseases on the Global Health Agenda.”', presented at TASA: The Australian Sociological Association, Melbourne, Australia, 25 November 2013 - 28 November 2013
2013
Kenny KE, 2012, '"The Globalization of Public Health"', presented at Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 22 March 2012 - 25 March 2012
2012
Kenny KE, 2012, '“Governing Global Health: The World Health Organization and the Global Tobacco Treaty”', presented at Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17 October 2012 - 20 October 2012
2012
Kenny KE, 2011, '"Knowledge and Power in the Field of Global Health"', presented at Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 10 March 2011 - 13 March 2011
2011
Kenny KE, 2010, '"The Politics of Knowledge in the Global Tobacco Epidemic"', presented at Science and Governance: Global and Comparative Perspectives, Consortium for Science and Policy Outcomes, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, 25 April 2010 - 25 April 2010
2010
Kenny KE, 2009, '“Breast Cancer Activism and the Previvor Movement: Embodiment, citizenship and the genetically ‘at risk’”', presented at Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 08 April 2009 - 11 April 2009
2009
Kenny KE, 2009, '“Breast Cancer Activism and the Previvor Movement: Embodiment, citizenship and the genetically ‘at risk’”', presented at Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 31 October 2009 - 28 October 2009
2009
Journal articles
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Broom A; Kenny K; Bowden V; Muppavaram N; Chittem M, 2018, 'Cultural ontologies of cancer in India', Critical Public Health, vol. 28, pp. 48 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2017.1288288
2018
Kenny KE, 2015, 'The biopolitics of global health: Life and death in neoliberal time', Journal of Sociology, vol. 51, pp. 9 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783314562313
2015
Kenny KE, 2015, 'Blaming Deadmen: Causes, Culprits, and Chaos in Accounting for Technological Accidents', Science Technology and Human Values, vol. 40, pp. 539 - 563, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0162243914559288
2015