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Dr Diana Teggi

Researcher in ageing and end of life care

Profile summary

Professional biography

I am an ESRC Postdoctoral Researcher in Ageing and End of Life Care at The Open University. 

Previously, I lectured in Sociology and completed my ESRC doctorate on palliative care in care homes at the University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

Research interests

My research focuses on end of life care (EOLC), care work, old age and care homes.

My doctoral thesis explores EOLC practice in the English care home sector. It does so by combining quantitative and qualitative methods with feminist social reproduction theory and Foucault’s biopolitics.

My ESRC Fellowship focuses on developing my PhD findings for publication and research funding proposals in the related field of sexual and intimate relationships in old age living with dementia in a care home or at home.

In May 2022 I delivered the University of Bath Beatrice Godwin Memorial Lecture as part of the public engagement event Dying Matters Awareness week sponsored by Hospice UK. My research on death identification and patterns of social care provision in old age features in Social Science and Medicine.


Research interests: old age, end of life care (EOLC), palliative care, care homes, care work, dementia, sexuality, intimate relationships, social reproduction theory (SRT), biopolitics.

Externally funded projects

End of Life Care (EOLC) in Care Homes
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01 Oct 202230 Sep 2023ESRC Economic and Social Research Council

The Fellowship disseminates the findings of a mixed-method study of palliative care in care homes and develops a new research project on supporting intimate and sexual relationship in older adults living in care homes.


Pussy Riot Vs. Trump: Becoming Woman To Resist Becoming Fascist (2022-12)
Dyer, Natalie; Mackenzie, Hollie; Teggi, Diana and de Vries, Patricia
In: Dolphijn, Rick and Braidotti, Rosi eds. Deleuze and Guattari and Fascism. Deleuze Connections (pp. 362-379)
ISBN : 9781399505222 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh

The role of anticipatory prescribing in care homes: identifying dying, complying with regulations and preventing death in hospital – a qualitative study (2023-01)
Teggi, Diana
In : The Marie Curie Research Conference 2023 Challenging inequity in palliative and end of life care (6-10 Feb 2023, Online) (A10-A11)

Flagship Symposium: Loss and resilience - Policy themes and challenges within ageing, dying and bereavement (2022-07)
Dixon, Jeremy; Fang, Chao; Teggi, Diana and Burns, Rachel
In : British Society of Gerontology 51st Annual Conference : ‘Better Futures for Older People - Towards Resilient and Inclusive Communities’ (6-8 Jul 2022, University of the West of England, Bristol)

The Management of Death in Care Homes: Homemaking and Death Panel (2021-09)
Teggi, Diana
In : The 15th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal: Diversity and Decolonisation (1-4 Sep 2021, [Online])

End of Life Care in English Care Homes: Governance, Care Work and The Good Death (2021-08)
Teggi, Diana
In : 15th ESA European Sociological Association Conference 2021 : Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures (31 Aug - 3 Sep 2021, [Online])

End of Life Care in Care Homes: Practices and Issues (2021-07)
Teggi, Diana
In : British Society of Gerontology (BSG) 50th Annual Conference : Stream: Impact of and response to Covid-19: lessons for future pandemics, BSG 2021 (7-9 Jul 2021, Leicester)

Care home workforce: how do they learn how to care for the dying? (2019-09)
Teggi, Diana
In : The 14th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, DDD14 (4-7 Sep 2019, University of Bath)

A new materialist approach to ethnography (2018-01)
Teggi, Diana
In : The Fourth Annual Qualitative Research Symposium (31 Jan 2018, University of Bath)

Ethnographic Practice and New Materialist Onto-Epistemologies (2017-06)
Teggi, Diana
In : London Conference in Critical Thought 2017, Stream ‘Theorizing Ethics and Politics in Ethnographic Practice’ (30 Jun - 1 Jul 2017, London South Bank University)

End of Life Care in English Care Homes : Governance, Care Work and the Good Death (2022-03-23)
Teggi, Diana
PhD thesis University of Bath