Dr Hannah Rumble
(FHEA, PhD, MA, BA, TEFL)
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) Anthropology – 1st 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.
PI: Kate Woodthorpe
CI: Hannah Rumble
February 2013 – September 2013
Funder: Sunlife Direct
PI: Hannah Rumble
CI: Charlotte Chapman
January 2013 – April 2013
PI: Kate Woodthorpe
CI: Hannah Rumble & Christine valentine
December 2011 – June 2012
Funder: AXA & University of Bath
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.
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).
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 Writing ‘Writing 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.