Dr Katherine Robinson

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Department Sociology
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Dr Katherine Robinson

Katherine Robinson's research explores issues in urban public space and everyday life in organisations.  These interests come together in her ethnographic research in public libraries in south London and Berlin, in which she explores questions of urban multiculture, public participation and organisational capacity.

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

She is interested in how sociological research gets written and has set up a writing group here at Goldsmiths for researchers interested in writing together.


Katherine Robinson convenes the third year Sociology BSc core course ‘Theorising Contemporary Society’ and teaches ‘Researching Human Rights’, ‘Organising Human Rights’ and ‘Practising Human Right’s on the MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice.  Katherine supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

Research Interests

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



“Charismatic Species and Beyond: How Cultural Schemas and Organisational Routines shape Conservation”
Krause, Monika and Robinson, Katherine. 2017. “Charismatic Species and Beyond: How Cultural Schemas and Organisational Routines shape Conservation”. Conservation and Society, 15(3), pp. 313-321. ISSN 0972-4923