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  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Emeritus Professor
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Sociology
  • kath.woodward

Research interests

My main interests lie in the area of gender theories, diversity and assemblages of embodied selves, most recently applying feminist materialist critiques to the field of sport. I work on cultural change and diversity in the ESRC Centre for Research into Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) exploring the transformation of identities in sport. I have just completed work for AHRC grants in the Diaspora, Migration and Identities programme on the re-configuration of diasporic identities in sport and on sport across diasporas for Diasporic Contact Zones at the BBC World Service, as part of the Tuning In: Contact Zones project.

I also belong to the OU Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance research group, developing psychosocial approaches and exploring affect in sport’s embodied practices and representations. I have reflected on the research process and gendered methodologies in my book, Boxing Masculinity and identity, and in the article, ‘Hanging Out and Hanging About’.

Following my work as director of the OU Race Equality Project, I remain involved in a range of Race Equality and Diversity activities within the university.

Woodward, K. (2012) Planet Sport, London, Routledge.

Woodward, K. (2012) Sex Power and the Games, Basingstoke, Palgrave.

Horne,J.,Tomlinson,A.,Whannel, G. and Woodward,K. (2012) Understanding Sport, London, Routledge.

Woodward, K. and Woodward, S. (2009) Why Feminism Matters: Lost and Found, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Woodward, K. (2009) Embodied Sporting Practices. Regulating and Regulatory Bodies Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Woodward, K. (2009) Social Sciences: The Big Issues, 2nd edition, London, Routledge.

Woodward, K. (2009) ‘Hanging Out and Hanging About: Insider/outsider research in the sport of boxing pp536-560 Ethnography, Physical Culture, Vol.9 4.

Woodward, K. (2009) ‘Bodies on the Margins: regulating bodies, regulatory bodies’, Journal of Leisure Studies pp143-57.

Woodward, K, Goldblatt, D. and Wyllie,J. (2008) 'British Fair Play'.

Woodward, K, (2007) ‘Gendered Bodies; Gendered Lives’, in Diane Richardson and Victoria Robinson (eds.), Introducing Gender Studies, London, Palgrave.

Woodward, K, (2007) ‘Real Men? Boxing and Masculinity’, Fighting Back. Jewish and Black Boxers in Britain Michael Berkowitz and Ruti Ungar (eds), London, UCL.

Woodward, K. (2007) ‘New Footballing Identities?’ Cultural Studies, Special Edition, Vol. 21 no. 4/5, pp 758-778.

Woodward, K, (2007) Boxing, Masculinity and Identity: The “I” of the Tiger, London Routledge.

Woodward, K. (2004) 'Rumbles in the Jungle: Boxing, Racialization and the Performance of Masculinity' in Leisure Studies, vol 23, no.1, pp.5-17.

Woodward, K. (2004) 'Feminist critiques of social policy' in Lavalette, M. and Pratt, A. (eds) Social Policy. A Conceptual and Theoretical Introduction, London, Sage.

Woodward, K. (ed.) (2004) Questions of Identity, London, Routledge.

Hinchliffe, S. and Woodward, K. (eds) (2004) The Natural and the Social; Uncertainty, Risk and Change, London, Routledge.

Woodward, K. and Thompson, K. (2004) 'Religious knowledge; knowing and believing' in Goldblatt, D. (ed.) Knowledge and Knowing, London, Routledge.

Woodward, K. (2003) Social Sciences: The Big Issues, London, Routledge.

Woodward, K. (2003) ‘Representations of Motherhood’ in Earle, S, and Letherby, G Gender, Identity and Reproduction, London, Palgrave.

Woodward, K. (2002) Understanding Identity, London Arnold.

Kirkup, G., Janes, L., Woodward, K. and Hovendon, F. (eds) (1999) The Gendered Cyborg, London, Routledge.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

I have worked on a range of social science and interdisciplinary courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, recently developing the social Science faculty's first sports studies course, This Sporting Planet. I most recently chaired, in production and presentation, the interdisciplinary level 1 course Introduction to the Social Sciences: Understanding Social Change and the masters' course, Gender, Technology and Representation: Women, Machines and Cyborgs. I have worked on Women's Studies, Cultural and Media Studies and Sociology courses, including Sociology and Society and Making Social Worlds. I teach the Masters in Research Methods, dissertation module and Identities in Question.

I have supervised PhD students working on different aspects of gendered and diasporic identities and in the context of cultural transformations in the field of sport and welcome inquiries in these fields. I currently supervise students working on Christian Chinese identities in Scotland, Maternal Identities and Midwifery, Narratives of Gypsy Identities and the Crossing of Local Boundaries and Racist Incidents and Victimisation.


Women’s time? Time and temporality in women’s football (2016)
Woodward, Kath
Sport in Society ((Early view))
Gender studies and interdisciplinarity (2015-08)
Woodward, Kath and Woodward, Sophie
Palgrave Communications, Article 15018
Legacies of 2012: putting women's boxing into discourse (2014)
Woodward, Kath
Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences , 9(2) (pp. 242-252)
Being in the academy:a cross generational conversation (2012-10)
Woodward, Kath and Woodward, Sophie
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 31(5/6) (pp. 435-451)
The culture of boxing: sensation and affect (2011-12)
Woodward, Kath
Sport in History, 31(4) (pp. 487-503)
Tuning in: diasporas at the BBC World Service (2011-05)
Woodward, Kath
M/C Journal, 14(2)
Introduction (2011-01)
Woodward, Kath and Goldblatt, David
Soccer & Society, 12(1) (pp. 1-8)
Tuning in to football on the BBC World Service (2011-01)
Wyllie, James; Woodward, Kath and Goldblatt, David
Soccer & Society, 12(1) (pp. 11-20)
Bodies on the margins: regulating bodies, regulatory bodies (2009-04)
Woodward, Kath
Leisure Studies, 28(2) (pp. 143-156)
Hanging out and hanging about: Insider/outsider research in the sport of boxing (2008)
Woodward, Kath
Ethnography, 9(4) (pp. 536-560)
On and Off the Pitch: Diversity policies and transforming identities? (2007-07)
Woodward, Kath
Cultural Studies, 21(4-5) (pp. 758-778)
Rumbles in the jungle: Boxing, racialization and the performance of masculinity (2004-01)
Woodward, Kath
Journal of Leisure Studies, 23(1) (pp. 5-17)
The Politics of In/visibility: Being There (2015-09-10)
Woodward, Kath
Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences
ISBN : 978-0-230-30255-6 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan | Published : Basingstoke
Psychosocial Studies: An Introduction (2015-02-19)
Woodward, Kath
ISBN : 978-0-415-71885-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Globalizing Boxing (2014-02-13)
Woodward, Kath
Globalizing Sports Studies
ISBN : 978-1-84966-810-1 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London
Sporting Times (2012-10-30)
Woodward, Kath
ISBN : 9781137275356 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
Understanding Sport (2012-07-16)
Horne, John; Tomlinson, Alan; Whannel, Garry and Woodward, Kath
Horne, John; Tomlinson, Alan; Whannel, Garry and Woodward, Kath eds.
Culture Economy and the Social
ISBN : 978-0-415-59141-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Planet Sport (2012-07-06)
Woodward, Kath
ISBN : 9780415681124 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Sex, Power and the Games (2012-06-15)
Woodward, Kath
Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences
ISBN : 978-0-230-28319-0 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan | Published : Basingstoke
The Short Guide to Gender (2011-06)
Woodward, Kath
Short Guides
ISBN : 978-1-84742-763-2 | Publisher : The Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Why Feminism Matters: Feminism Lost and Found (2009-09-16)
Woodward, Kath and Woodward, Sophie
ISBN : 9780230216198 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan | Published : Basingstoke
Embodied Sporting Practices: Regulating and Regulatory Bodies (2009)
Woodward, Kath
ISBN : 9780230218055 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan | Published : Basingstoke
Boxing, Masculinity and Identity. The "I" of the Tiger (2006)
Woodward, Kath
ISBN : 9780415367714 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, UK
Understanding Identity (2003)
Woodward, Kath
ISBN : 0-340-80850-0 | Publisher : Hodder Arnold | Published : London, UK
Being in the field: doing research (2014-09)
Woodward, Kath
In: Smart, Carol; Hockey, Jenny and James, Allison eds. The Craft of Knowledge: Experiences of Living with Data (pp. 149-162)
ISBN : 9781137287335 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
British fair play: sport across diasporas at the BBC World Service (2011)
Woodward, Kath; Goldblatt, David and Wyllie, James
In: McGlynn, Catherine; Mycock, Andrew and McCauley, James W. eds. Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: The View From Abroad. British Identities Since 1707 (2) (pp. 171-190)
ISBN : 978-3-0343-0226-5 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Oxford
Body politics: masculinities in sport (2011)
Woodward, Kath
In: Jackson, Ronald L. and Balaji, Murali eds. Global Masculinities and Manhood: What makes a man, within his own culture (pp. 202-222)
ISBN : 9780252036514 | Publisher : University of Illinois Press | Published : Chicago, IL, USA
Boxing masculinities: Attachment, embodiment and heroic narratives (2008)
Woodward, Kath
In: Redman, Peter ed. Attachment: Sociology and social worlds (pp. 83-110)
ISBN : 9780719078125 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK
Representations of motherhood (2003-10)
Woodward, Kath
In: Earle, Sarah and Letherby, Gayle eds. Gender, identity and reproduction: social perspectives
ISBN : 140390281X | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. | Published : Basingstoke, UK
Objects and Materials: A Routledge Companion (2013-07-17)
Harvey, Penelope; Casella, Eleanor; Evans, Gillian; Knox, Hannah; McLean, Christine; Silva, Elizabeth; Thoburn, Nick and Woodward, Kath eds.
ISBN : 9780415678803 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
The Gendered Cyborg: A reader (1999)
Kirkup, Gill; Woodward, Kath; Janes, Linda and Hovenden, Fiona eds.
ISBN : 0415220912 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Introduction: rights cultures, subjects, citizens (2011-05)
Brandstater, Suzanne; Wade, Peter and Woodward, Kath
Economy and Society, 40(2) pp. 166-183
Introduction (2011-01)
Goldblatt, David and Woodward, Kath
Routledge, Abingdon, U.K..