Kate Fox

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Kate Fox
Peter Kibby
(before 2004)
(m. 2004)
ParentRobin Fox (father)
Academic background
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge
Academic work
DisciplineSocial anthropologist
InstitutionsMCM Research Ltd.
Social Issues Research Centre

Kate Fox is a British social anthropologist, co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC)[1] and a Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Research.[2] She has written several books, including Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour.


Kate Fox is the daughter of anthropologist Robin Fox. As a child she lived in the UK, the United States, France, and Ireland. She studied for an undergraduate degree in anthropology and philosophy at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[3] In 1989 she became co-director of MCM Research Ltd., and continues to provide consulting services.[4][5] She is now a co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre, based in Oxford, England.[6]

Recent topics include social effects of alcohol[7] and the purposes of small talk.[8] Fox is currently writing a book that "examine[s] many aspects of 21st-century life and obsessions - including mobile phones, social media, online dating, shopping, celebrity, reality TV, computer games, selfies, etc - from an evolutionary/anthropological perspective".[9]

In 2004, Fox married the neurosurgeon and acclaimed author Henry Marsh,[10] having been previously married to Peter Kibby (during which time she was credited as Kate Fox Kibby).[11]


Fox has written a number of books, including:

  • Marsh, Peter; Kate Fox Kibby (1992). Drinking and Public Disorder: A Report of Research Conducted for the Portman Group by MCM Research. Portman Group. ISBN 978-0-9518762-0-6.
  • Kate Fox (1993). Pubwatching with Desmond Morris. Alan Sutton. ISBN 978-0-7509-0532-9.
  • Kate Fox (1996). Passport to the Pub: The Tourist's Guide to Pub Etiquette. Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association. ISBN 978-1-899344-09-3.
  • Kate Fox (7 October 1999). The Racing Tribe: Watching the Horsewatchers. Metro Books. ISBN 978-0-7658-0838-7.
  • Kate Fox (2004). The Flirting Report. The Social Issues Research Center.
  • Kate Fox (2004). Watching the English: the hidden rules of English behaviour. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-81886-7.
    In this book, Fox does an anthropological analysis by conducting experiments and uses participant observation to discover the unwritten rules that make an English person English. She tries to explain the cultural norms of the English, which are seen as peculiar by people who aren't English.[12]


  1. ^ "Kate Fox: Behaviour sleuth". The Independent. London.
  2. ^ "Fellows / Dr Kate Fox". Institute for Cultural Research. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  3. ^ 'Cambridge University Tripos Examination Results', The Times, 7 July 1983, p. 14.
  4. ^ "Kate Fox bio at MCM Research". MCM Research. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  5. ^ "About MCM Research". MCM Research. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Kate Fox". www.sirc.org.
  7. ^ Fox, Kate (11 October 2011). "Viewpoint: Is the alcohol message all wrong?". BBC News. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  8. ^ Langley, William (1 October 2011). "Why we always warm to the weather". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Kate Fox". www.sirc.org. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Life and death at his fingertips: watching a brain surgeon at work". 20 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Phil Mellows Diary Archive 17 October 2011". www.philmellows.com.
  12. ^ Fox, K. (2008). Watching the English the Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. (pp. 1-2, 10, 17). London, UK: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

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