Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
Visiting Fellow

Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny

PhD - University of California, San Diego MA - University of California, San Diego BSc(Hons) - University of New South Wales BA - University of New South Wales

Arts,Design & Architecture
Cntr Social Research in Health

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)

 

Phone
9385 8127
Location
301 Goodsell Building

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/second-opinion-9780190306489?cc=au&lang=en&
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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, https://www.oup.com.au/books/higher-education/health,-nursing-and-social-work/9780190306489-second-opinion
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Lewis S; Parker R; Williams Veazey L; Kenny K; Kirby E; Kokanović R; Lwin Z; Koh ES, 2021, 'Personhood, belonging, affect and affliction', Sociological Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00380261211019266
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom J; Broom A; Anstey C; Kenny K; Young S; Grieve D; Sowden D; Jangam A; Henderson A; Melon A; Tabone R; Farquhar D; Harding H; Panahi SE; Chin T; Abdullah M; Waterhouse L; Lo C; Parker R; Bui TL; Wallis MC, 2021, 'Barriers-enablers-ownership approach: A mixed methods analysis of a social intervention to improve surgical antibiotic prescribing in hospitals', BMJ Open, vol. 11, pp. e046685, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046685
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Lewis S; Kenny K; Broom A; Kirby E; Boyle F, 2021, 'The social meanings of choice in living-with advanced breast cancer', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 280, pp. 114047 - 114047, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114047
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom J; Broom A; Kenny K; Chittem M, 2021, 'Antimicrobial overuse in India: A symptom of broader societal issues including resource limitations and financial pressures', Global Public Health, vol. 16, pp. 1079 - 1087, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2020.1839930
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Kenny K, 2021, 'The moral cosmology of cancer: Making disease meaningful', Sociological Review, vol. 69, pp. 468 - 483, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038026120962912
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Kenny K; Prainsack B; Broom J, 2020, 'Antimicrobial resistance as a problem of values? Views from three continents', Critical Public Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2020.1725444
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Kenny K; Kirby E; George N; Chittem M, 2020, 'Improvisation, therapeutic brokerage and antibiotic (mis)use in India: a qualitative interview study of Hyderabadi physicians and pharmacists', Critical Public Health, vol. 30, pp. 16 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2018.1516032
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Lewis S; Broom A; Kenny K; Kirby E, 2020, 'Cancer caregivers' experiences of prognosis in Australia: a qualitative interview study', BMJ Open, vol. 10, pp. e032361, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032361
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Kenny K; Page A; Cort N; Lipp ES; Tan AC; Ashley DM; Walsh KM; Khasraw M, 2020, 'The paradoxical effects of COVID-19 on cancer care: Current context and potential lasting impacts', Clinical Cancer Research, vol. 26, pp. 5809 - 5813, http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-2989
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Kenny K; Broom A; Kirby E; Oliffe JL; Wyld D; Lwin Z, 2020, 'Reciprocity, Autonomy, and Vulnerability in Men’s Experiences of Informal Cancer Care', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 30, pp. 491 - 503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732319855962
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Kirby E; Broom A; Overton K; Kenny K; Post JJ; Broom J, 2020, 'Reconsidering the nursing role in antimicrobial stewardship: A multisite qualitative interview study', BMJ Open, vol. 10, pp. e042321, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042321
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Kenny K; Kirby E, 2020, 'Entangled and Estranged: Living and Dying in Relation (to Cancer)', Sociology, vol. 54, pp. 1004 - 1021, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038520918853
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Parker RB; Kenny K, 2019, 'Authenticity, ambivalence and recognition in caring at the end of life and beyond', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112554
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Kirby ER; Kenny KE; Broom AF; Oliffe JL; Lewis S; Wyld DK; Yates PM; Parker RB; Lwin Z, 2019, 'Responses to a cancer diagnosis: a qualitative patient-centred interview study', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-019-04796-z
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Kirby E; Lwin Z; Kenny K; Broom A; Birman H; Good P, 2018, '"It doesn't exist...": Negotiating palliative care from a culturally and linguistically diverse patient and caregiver perspective', BMC Palliative Care, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12904-018-0343-z
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Kirby E; Kenny K; Broom A; Macartney J; Good P, 2018, 'The meaning and experience of bereavement support: A qualitative interview study of bereaved family caregivers', Palliative and Supportive Care, vol. 16, pp. 396 - 405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1478951517000475
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Kenny K; Kirby E; Lwin Z, 2018, 'The collective/affective practice of cancer survivorship', British Journal of Sociology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12616
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    kenny K; Broom A; Kirby E; Ridge D, 2017, 'In one’s own time: Contesting the temporality and linearity of bereavement', Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, vol. 23, pp. 58 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459317724854
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Kenny K; Broom A; Kirby E; Wyld D; Lwin Z, 2017, 'Terminal anticipation: entanglements of affect and temporality in living with advanced cancer', Subjectivity, vol. 10, pp. 374 - 392, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41286-017-0034-x
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; kenny K; Kirby E, 2017, 'On waiting, hauntings and surviving: Chronicling life with cancer through solicited diaries', The Sociological Review, vol. 66, pp. 682 - 699, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038026117719216
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Broom A; Kirby E; Kenny K; MacArtney J; Good P, 2016, 'Moral ambivalence and informal care for the dying', Sociological Review, vol. 64, pp. 987 - 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12400
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
  • Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    Kenny KE, 2012, '"The Globalization of Public Health"', presented at Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 22 March 2012 - 25 March 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2010
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2009
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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
    Conference Presentations | 2009
    Dr Katherine Elizabeth Kenny
    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

Awards

Grants

2019-23 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant [DP190100745] Precision and the Person  [Broom, Wakefield, Kirby, Prainsack, Khasraw, Kenny] $470,650

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