Dr Katherine Robinson

Katherine's research explores issues in urban public space and everyday life in organisations.

Staff details

Dr Katherine Robinson






k.robinson (@gold.ac.uk)

My research explores issues in urban public space and everyday life in organisations. These interests come together in my ethnographic research in public libraries in south London and Berlin, which explores questions of urban multiculture, public participation and organisational capacity.

I joined Goldsmiths in 2014 as a researcher on the ‘Triaging Values’ project, with Monika Krause. The project examined how international NGOs make decisions about prioritisation and the allocation of resources.

I started a writing group in the department which meets regularly to write together, using a version of the 'shut up and write' approach.


I lecture on the department's undergraduate Sociology programme and contribute to teaching on the MA in Human Rights, Culture, and Social Justice.  I convene the third year core course, ‘Theorising Contemporary Society’ and teach a second year optional module, 'Migration in Context'.  I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Robinson, Katherine. 2024. How to do social research with... knitting. In: Rebecca Coleman; Kat Jungnickel and Nirmal Puwar, eds. How to do social research with…. London: Goldsmiths Press, pp. 163-171. ISBN 9781913380427


Krause, Monika and Robinson, Katherine. 2023. Non-liberal Internationalism: The Field of International Mission Agencies. Global Society, 37(1), pp. 51-67. ISSN 1360-0826

Krause, Monika and Robinson, Katherine. 2022. Materialising Reform: How Conservation Encounters Collection Practises in Zoos. Journal of Cultural Economy, 15(2), pp. 137-150. ISSN 1753-0350

Robinson, Katherine. 2020. Everyday multiculturalism in the public library: taking knitting together seriously. Sociology, 54(3), pp. 556-572. ISSN 0038-0385

Research Interests

Urban sociology, public space; organisations; qualitative research methods, particularly ethnography.