Dr Katy Wright

Dr Katy Wright


I have worked in the School of Sociology & Social Policy since completing my PhD in 2012, having previously at the University of Sheffield and at the UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster (Coleraine) and for a number of years outside of academia in a range of public, private and voluntary sector roles.


  • Deputy Director of Student Education
  • Academic Personal Tutor Lead

Research interests

With an interdisciplinary background incorporating humanities, politics and the social sciences, much of my work has focused on communities and localist policy agendas.  Most recently, I have been working on the concept of community resilience which links into an ongoing interest in the ways the public is co-opted and enrolled into policy agendas.

I have also been working on the topic of climate change, carrying out research into public attitudes and values. 

My previous research has involved working with a range of public, private and third sector organisations, including UNESCO; Tidal Lagoon Power; the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP); local and national voluntary sector organisations; local authorities in Wales and England; the Royal College of General Practitioners; and sector skills councils. I am committed not only to disseminating findings and insights through traditional academic routes, but also through direct engagement with different non-academic audiences.

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  • PhD Sociology in Social Policy
  • MA Conflict Resolution
  • MA Educational Research
  • BA(Hons) Theology & Religious Studies

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association

Student education

I am one of two Deputy Directors of Student Education in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, and I am also Deputy Director of the Bauman Institute. I contribute teaching to a number of modules at UG and PG level as well as supervising PhD students in the school and in interdisciplinary supervisory teams across the University.

I am part of the interdisciplinary Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme on Extinction Studies at Leeds for which I act as supervisor and also lead the Digital Resources working group team.

Research groups and institutes

  • The Bauman Institute

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>