Hello. I’m a British social anthropologist specialising in death, dying and disposal. Contemporary and historical cultural innovations in death and dying from around the world fascinate me because they indicate a great deal about peoples’ views of the world, reality, life/death and their sense of themselves.
I welcome posts and guest contributions from anybody who has a personal, professional or academic interest; be it in the UK or much further afield.
Senior Research Associate – School of Education, University of Bristol
Research Fellow – Centre for Death and Society – University of Bath
Centre Associate – Centre for Death and Life Studies – University of Durham
General Council Member & Early Career Researchers Representative – Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS)
Editorial Board – Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying
Previous Academic Roles:
Lecturer – Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology – University of Exeter
Teaching Fellow – Department of Anthropology – University of Aberdeen
Research Officer – Department of Social and Policy Sciences – University of Bath
Teaching Fellow – Centre for Death and Society – University of Bath.
Visiting Docent – Department of Communications Studies (Masters programme in Social Anthropology)- Riga Stradins University, Latvia.
Following the completion of my AHRC-ESRC funded PhD under the supervision of Professor Douglas Davies , we co-authored a book in which findings from my doctoral research were discussed in relation to his expertise in spirituality and funeral innovation in contemporary Britain. This book is published by Continuum.
I love doing collaborative, creative projects that challenge me as an ‘academic’ and take me out of the university setting. Dead and Buried is an example; a creative collaboration I undertook in Bristol (UK) with a community artist, freelance film-maker and a youth organisation and funded by the AHRC’s Cultural Engagement Fund.