I'm a medical anthropologist currently employed at the Open University as a lecturer. My teaching and research focuses on death and dying, with a particular emphasis on end-of-life care.
Previously I was a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. There I held the Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowship from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness. I have also worked at the University of Cambridge within the Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care Group. In 2014, I was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge. My PhD research explored end-of-life care from policy, to practice, to everyday experiences.
I'm a medical anthropologist interested in experiences of life-limiting illness and end-of-life care. For the past six years I have researched how end-of-life care policy in England is shaping healthcare practice and how this relates (or not) to people's experiences of care and everyday life. Most of my research is based on in-depth ethnography and highlights the importance of relations and interactions in understanding life, care, and death.
At the Open University, I work on modules K260 (Death and Dying) and K101 (An introduction to health and social care). As with the teaching I have done at other institutions, my aim is to help foster critical thinking about health care topics through the use of social theory and empirical examples. Previously, I have taught medical anthropology, medical sociology, and social research methods at both undergraudate and postgraduate level.
We are frequently looking for PhD students to work within death studies and end-of-life care at the Open University - contact me if interested in our latest studentships or about future projects.
I am membership secretary for the Association for the Study of Death and Society. Together with Julie Ellis I co-convene the British Sociological Association Social Aspects of Death, Dying and Bereavement (DDB) study group. We host our annual sysmposium in November/December each year.
I also play an active role in the American Anthropological Association's Dying and Bereavement special interest group, which is part of the Society for Medical Anthropology.