Curriculum Vitae

Dr Hannah Rumble 



Research Fellow

Centre for Death and Society

University of Bath


Current Academic Responsibilities:

Honorary Research Fellow – School of Education, University of Bristol.

Centre Associate – Centre for Death and Life Studies, Durham University.

Editorial Board  – Mortality journal

General Council  Association for the Study of Death and Society

Education and Awards

2014                                    Awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2007-2010                         PhD Anthropology & Sociology of Death. Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University. Funded by an ESRC-AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in ‘Religion and Society’.

Thesis title: ‘“Giving something back”: A case study of natural burial and human experience at Barton Glebe’; Ethnographic fieldwork in England addressing the recent burial innovation, begun in Britain, known as ‘natural burial’. The thesis draws upon ethnographic description to understand the values, concepts and behaviours aligned with natural burial from the perspective of the bereaved, pre-registered users, site providers, visitors and the funeral industry.

2004 – 2005        MA Research Methods (Anthropology)  Distinction – Durham University. Thesis: A Jain Environmental Ethic: Mapping a faith-based ecology from an anthropological perspective

2004                      Awarded the David Brooks Memorial Prize

2004                      Awarded a Durham University Studentship

2000 – 2004        BA (Hons) Anthropology1st Class – Durham University. Dissertation: (utilising 12 month’s fieldwork in Bangladesh) Locating Ganga Devi in the Lives of a Hindu Fishing Community in Rural Bangladesh

1999                      University Of Cambridge CELTA Certificate in English                                                  Language Teaching to Adults (Grade A) British Council Language                                    Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Previous Academic Employment

Sept. 2014 – Jul. 2016 – Lecturer in Anthropology – Dept. of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter, England.

Sept. 2013 – Aug. 2014 – Teaching Fellow – Dept. of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Aug. 2011 – Sept. 2013 – Research Officer & Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society, Dept. of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, England.

What are we saving for?

PI: Kate Woodthorpe
CI: Hannah Rumble

February 2013 – September 2013

Funder: Sunlife Direct
Amount: £50,000

Dead and Buried: Engaging young people with death & natural burial

PI: Hannah Rumble

CI: Charlotte Chapman

January 2013 – April 2013
Funder: AHRC
Amount: £25,791

Affording a Funeral

PI: Kate Woodthorpe

CI: Hannah Rumble & Christine valentine
December 2011 – June 2012
Funder: AXA & University of Bath
Amount: £70,000

Apr. – Jun. 2013 – Visiting Docent in Anthropology – Dept. of Communications, Riga Stradins University, Latvia.

Jan. – Mar. 2013   Sessional Lecturer – Kaplan International College, University of the West of England.

2010- 2011 – Research Associate  – Dept. of Theology and Religion, Durham University, England.

2008-2010 – Sessional Lecturer & Tutor – Dept. of Theology and Religion, Durham University.

2007- 2009 – College Tutor (Undergraduate Academic Development), St. Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University.

2007 & 2005 – Anthropology Lecturer (8-19 year olds) for National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) – Anthropology Department, Durham University.


Monographs and Edited Volumes:

Rumble, H. (in press) “Sorting Ourselves Out: Post-mortem recycling of orthopeadic implants.” In Kohn, T., Gibbs, M. and Nansen, B. (Eds) Residues of Death: Disposal Reconfigured. Melbourne, Melbourne University Press.

Rumble, H. (2018) ‘‘If you go down in the woods’: British Woodland Burial, Leisurely Funerals and Recreational Burial Grounds’ in Kaul, A. and Skinner, J. (Eds) Leisure and Death: An Anthropological Tour of Risk, Death, and Dying. Colorado, University of Colorado Press, 261-280.

Davies, D. and Rumble, H. (2012) Natural Burial: Traditional – Secular Spiritualities and Funeral Innovation. London, Continuum/Bloomsbury.

Peer-Review Journal Articles:

Rumble, H. (2016) ‘Let Your Last Footprint be a Green One.’ Anthropology and Aging: Journal of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Life Course (AAGE) 37(1):41-45

Woodthorpe, K. and Rumble, H. (2016) ‘Funerals and Families: Locating death as a relational issue’ British Journal of Sociology 67(2):242-259.

Rumble, H., Troyer, J., Walter, T. and K. Woodthorpe (2014) ‘Disposal or Dispersal? How environmentalism brings the dead back into the spatial world of the living’ in Mortality Vol. 19(3): 243-260.

Rumble, H., Woodthorpe, K. and C. Valentine (2013) ‘Putting ‘The Grave’ into Social Policy: State Support for Funerals in Contemporary UK Society’ in Journal of Social Policy 42(3):605-622.

Book Reviews:

Rumble, H. (2012) The Spirit of Mourning: History, Memory and the Body by Paul Connerton in Bereavement Care.

Rumble, H. (2010) Mourning Religion Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11(1):89-90.

Rumble, H. (2005) Science, Magic and Religion: The ritual processes of museum magic. Durham Anthropology Journal 13(2).

Conference Proceedings:

Rumble, H. (2009) ‘Woodland’ Burial: A contemporary burial innovation in Britain in Proceedings of Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe, International Conference, Alba Iulia, Romania 25-27th September 2009 (2nd Edition)

Rumble, H. (2008) Organic Remembrance: Memorialisation in Woodland Burial Practice in BASR Bulletin no.113, Postgraduate Bursary Holders Report of BASR Annual Conference, “Religion, Memory and Remembrance” York St John University, 1st-3rd September 2008.

Non-peer Review Publications:

Rumble, H., Woodthorpe, K. and C. Valentine (July 2013) Funeral Poverty IPR Briefing Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath.

Rumble, H. (2011) Natural Burial’s Diverse Landscape and Legacy, Funeral Services Journal Vol. 126, No. 10 pp.92-98

Rumble, H. (2011/12) Woodland Burials: A natural end, Inspired Times Magazine Issue 11, pp. 32-33

Podcasts & Blogs:

Marcus, L. & Rumble, H. (August 2013) Woodland burials inspire young people to engage in culture AHRC Homepage.

Rumble, H. (2010) What Makes a Natural Burial Ground Distinctive? Cemeteryscapes guest contributor.

Rumble, H. (2010) Burial Study Breaks New Ground AHRC Religion and Society.

Rumble, H. (2011) Postgraduates on WritingWriting across Boundaries project funded by the ESRC in the Dept. for Anthropology, University of Durham

Rumble, H. (2012) Natural Burial and End-of-Life Experiences SevenPonds interview.

Rumble, H. (2012) Rising Inequalities in Bereavement and Funeral Benefits. Inequalities guest contributor.


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