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Rebekah Fox

Research interests

Rebekah Fox joined the Department of Sociology in January 2018 as a Research Fellow on the Leverhulme funded 'Shaping human-animal connectedness: Training cultures and the emergence of new forms of human-animal relations' project, together with professor Nickie Charles (PI, Warwick), Professor Mara Miele (Co-I, Cardiff) and Professor Francoise Wemelsfelder (Consultant, Edinburgh). This three-year interdisciplinary project examines how various forms of human-animal connectedness are shaped through training cultures using innovative methods of multi-species ethnography.

Rebekah is a cultural geographer with a long-standing interest in human-animal relations completing her PhD on ‘The cultural geographies of pet-keeping’ in 2005 and a post-doc on ‘Animals, gender and science: the world of pedigree pet-breeding’ in 2008. She has previously worked at Royal Holloway, Kingston University and Uppsala University in variety of research roles and most recently was the PI on a Waltham funded study entitled ‘Changing Conceptions of Care: The humanisation and medicalisation of the human-companion animal relationship’.

Her research centres on the importance of animals in everyday social and cultural life, including practices of love and care, intimate spaces of the home and family, responsibility, medical treatment of animals, pedigree pet-breeding and showing, migration, animals in public space and more recently on changing cultures of pet-keeping during the late twentieth / early twenty-first century.

She have also worked in the area of health, particularly on women’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, parenting, family, gender and food and on cultures of leadership and management in the NHS.



Peer Reviewed Journal Articles


- Fox, R & Gee, N (2017) Great expectations: changing social, spatial and emotional understandings of the companion animal–human relationship Social and Cultural Geography. Published online June 2017.


- Fox, R & Gee, N (2016) ‘Changing Conceptions of Care: the Humanization of the Companion Animal Relationship’ Society and Animals: 24(2); 107 – 128


- Fox R, Wise P, Dodds R, et al. (2016) ‘UK tongue tie services: a postcode lottery’ MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 26 (2) 243-249


- Fox, R, McMullen, S & Newburn, M (2015) ‘Women’s experiences of breastfeeding and postnatal support: the Baby Café model’ BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15 – 147


- Lokman, P, Rowland, E, Fox, R and Nicolson, P (2012) Research Ethics in Accessing Hospital Staff and Securing Informed Consent Qualitative Health Research 22 (12) 1727


- Nicolson, P, Rowland, E, Lokman, P and Fox, R (2012) Taking the Lead: Authority and Power in the National Health Service’ in Horrocks, C and Johnson, S, Advances in Health Psychology, Palgrave MacMillan


- Heffernan, K, Nicolson, P and Fox, R (2011) The next generation of pregnant women: more freedom in the public sphere or just an illusion? Journal of Gender Studies 20(4) 321-332


- Fox, R and Smith, G (2011) Sinner Ladies and the gospel of good taste: Geographies of food, class and care Health and Place 17 (2) 403-412


- Nicolson, P, Fox, R and Heffernan, K (2010) Constructions of Pregnant and Post-natal Embodiment across Three Generations: Mothers’, Daughters’ and Others’ Experiences of the Transition to Motherhood. Journal of Health Psychology 15 (4) 575-585


 - Fox, R, Nicolson P and Heffernan (2009) Pregnancy Police? Maternal Bodies Surveillance and Food’ In Jackson, P (ed) Changing Families, Changing Food, Palgrave-Macmillan


- Fox, R, Heffernan, K and Nicolson, P (2009) ‘It Wasn’t Such an Issue Back Then: Changing Experiences of Pregnancy Across Two Generations’ Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 16 (5)


- Fox, R (2006) ‘Animal behaviours, post-human lives – everyday negotiations of the animal-human divide in pet-keeping’ - Social and Cultural Geography 7 (4) 525-537


 Book Chapters


 - Fox, R (2017) ‘Intimate cartographies: creating place with companion animals’ in Bull, J, Holmberg, T & Asberg, C. (2018) ‘Animal Places: Lively cartographies of human-animal relations’ Routledge: Abingdon.

- Fox, R (2011) Living Together: Making and Becoming a Pet in Segerdahl, P (ed) Undisciplined Animals: A Displaced Epistemology, Cambridge Scholars Publishing


- Fox, R and Walsh, K (2011) Furry Belongings: Pets, Migration and Home in Bull, J (ed) Animal Movements: Moving Animals, Uppsala University Press


- Fox, R (2008) ‘Gender and Animals’ in Blomqvist, M & Lindsmyr, E. Never Mind the Gap: Gendering Science in Transgressive Encounters, Uppsala University Press


- Fox, R (2008) ‘Animals, Gender and Science: The World of Pedigree Pet-Breeding and Showing’ in Holmberg, T (ed) Exploring Human-Animal Relations in Science, Culture and Work, Uppsala University Press




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