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I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2006. I’m currently a professor in the Department of Marketing.
I predominantly teach on consumer behaviour classes. This is reflective of my research interests which contribute to the Department’s “Consumption, Markets and Society” research stream. I also teach an Advanced Qualitative Methods class on the Strathclyde Business School MRes programme. I am the Accounting, Finance, Business and Management Pathway Representative for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership. If you are considering an application to the studentship competitions you are welcome to get in touch.
I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Marketing Management and on the editorial board for Marketing Theory and Social Business. I am co-chair of the Consumer research with Social Impact Special Interest Group within the Academy of Marketing. I am also part of the organising committee for the biennial Interpretive Consumer Research (ICR) seminars (part of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management).
My research falls at the intersection of Consumer Culture Theory (CCT) and Transformative Consumer Research (TCR). The CCT perspective guides my theoretical contributions in terms of how market-mediated contemporary culture impacts consumers, institutions and society at large. The TCR perspective is more impact oriented and is a movement that encourages research that benefits well-being and quality of life within the context of consumer culture.
I have a longstanding interest in consumer vulnerability and how various contexts, such as poverty, transform market interactions. Some of my central research themes have been gender and family dynamics of poverty, representations of poverty, coping with vulnerability and marketplace stigma. I co-hosted an ESRC seminar series on the theme of consumer vulnerability with Dr Susan Dunnett (University of Edinburgh) and Prof Maria Piacentini (Lancaster University) and have published an edited book (2016) entitled "Consumer Vulnerability: Conditions, Contexts and Characterisitcs" as part of the Routledge Studies in Critical Marketing Series. I am also interested in therapeutic consumption and have a recent article in the Journal of Consumer Research which focuses on theorising therapeutic servicescapes (with Dr Leighanne Higgins, Lancaster University).
I am currently leading an interdisciplinary project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on transformative servicescapes and consumer vulnerability that focuses on how public service spaces can ameliorate vulnerability in relation to community cohesion, social mobility and social and digital inclusion. I am also working with an international group of colleagues on a Transformative Consumer Research project that explores how academics can best initiate and nurture relationships with organisations whose mission it is to have social impact.
My work has been published in journals such as Journal of Consumer Research, European Journal of Marketing, Sociology, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, and Journal of Marketing Management. I have also edited a 4 volume set on New Directions in Consumer Research (with Dr Paul Hewer and Dr Aliakbar Jafari, University of Strathclyde).
Expertise & Capabilities
- Consumer Culture
- Consumer Vulnerability
- Consumer Poverty
- Consumer Communities
- Consumer research with social impact
- Therapautic Consumption
I teach classes related to consumer behaviour at UG, Honours and Masters level and Advanced Qualitative Methods on our MRes programme. I have received regular nominations for the Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast
Award Date: 1 Jan 2005
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Hamilton, K. (ed.), Dunnett, S. (ed.) & Piacentini, M. (ed.), 2016, (Accepted/In press) 232 p. (Routledge Studies in Critical Marketing)
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Hewer, P., Hamilton, K. & Jafari, A., Sep 2015, London: SAGE Publications Ltd. 408 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Invited speaker at the 'Vulnerability across Disciplines' conference. Presentation Title: Consumer Vulnerability and the Transformative Role of Community Space
Kathy Hamilton (Speaker)7 Oct 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk