Kim's research interests include nature-society relations, biosecurity and the socio-politics of infectious disease, geographies of food and rural life and geographical studies of poverty.
Kim currently holds a Research Fellowship with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) where she is working with Defra’s Animal Health and Welfare policy directorate to provide evidence and analytical advice to a number of different Defra policy areas. Kim is also a Research Fellow at Cardiff University and is working on projects which examine themes of biosecurity, animal disease and sustainable agriculture (e.g. www.mappingtb.wordpress.com).
Previously she has worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter on the ESRC funded Biosecurity-Borderlands project (www.biosecurity-borderlands.org).
- PhD in Human Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK
- Masters in Nature, Rurality and Society, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK
- BSc (Hons) Zoology, School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK
- Research Fellow: School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University. 2013- present
- Associate Research Fellow: Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. 2011-2012
Grants and Awards
- 2014: £46,000, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- 2012: £1000, Exeter Open Innovation Platform Link Fund, University of Exeter
- 2009: £1500, GESJ Research Grant, University of Exeter
- 2007: Great Western Research PhD Scholarship
- 2005: £1500, Wellcome Trust Vacation Research Scholarship, University of Nottingham.
Ward K (forthcoming) Geographies of Exclusion: Seaside towns and Houses in Multiple Occupancy. Journal of Rural Studies.
Hinchliffe S and Ward K. (2014) 'Making safe life: immunity and health'. Geoforum 53: 136-144.
Ward K (2014) Biosocial Becomings: Integrating Social and Biological Anthropology, Ingold, Tim and Gisli Palsson (eds). Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. [Book Review] Access at http://societyandspace.com/reviews/reviews-archive/ingold/
'The governmentality of bovine tuberculosis: the history of Disease Report Forms'
Presented at the European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) Conference. Florence, Italy. July 2013.
'Making Life safe: immunity and Biosecurity'
Presented at Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference. Copenhagen, Denmark. October 2012.
'One World One Health: immunity and biosecurity'
Presented at Royal Geographical Society-Institute British Geographers Annual Conference. London. August 2012.
'Building Sustainable Communities in the South West of England'
Presented at Royal Geographical Society-Institute British Geographers Annual Conference. London, August 2010.
'Coastal Renewal: the limits of community participation in North Devon'
Presented at Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference. Las Vegas, USA. March 2009.
'Constructing the Coastal Neighbourhood, New Labour’s Moral Agenda'
Presented at Governance, Ethics and Social Justice Conference. Exeter, July 2009.
'Managing the breakdown: forms and calculations in the administration of bovine Tuberculosis, a UK case study'. Seminar given at the PAN Seminar series, The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Paris. 28th November 2013.
Hinchliffe S and Ward K. 'Making Life Safe'. Seminar given at the Animal Exchanges Workshop: Anthropologies Beyond Species, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford. 24th May 2013.
2012: Organizer and presenter of 'Biosecurity Borderlands' Conference, Royal Geographical Society (RGS), London. [http://biosecurity-borderlands.org/biosecurity-borderlands-conference-2012].
2009: Co-organiser, presenter and chair of 'Governance, Ethics and Social Justice' Postgraduate Conference, University of Exeter) [http://gesjconference09.wordpress.com/].