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.
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.
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Lead||01 Oct 2022||30 Sep 2023||ESRC 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.
Care homes as hospices for the prevalent form of dying: An analysis of long-term care provision towards the end of life in England (2020-09)
Social Science & Medicine, 260, Article 113150
Unexpected death in ill old age: An analysis of disadvantaged dying in the English old population (2018-11)
Social Science & Medicine, 217 (pp. 112-120)
Flagship Symposium: Loss and resilience - Policy themes and challenges within ageing, dying and bereavement (2022)
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)
End of Life Care in Care Homes: Practices and Issues (2021)
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)
The Management of Death in Care Homes: Homemaking and Death Panel (2021)
In : 15th International Conference on Death Dying and Disposal, DDD15 (1-4 Sep 2021, [Online])
End of Life Care in English Care Homes: Governance, Care Work and The Good Death (2021)
In : ESA European Sociological Association Conference 2021 : Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures (31 Aug - 3 Sep 2021, [Online])
Care home workforce: how do they learn how to care for the dying? (2019)
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)
In : The Fourth Annual Qualitative Research Symposium (31 Jan 2018, University of Bath)
Ethnographic Practice and New Materialist Onto-Epistemologies (2017)
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)
PhD thesis University of Bath
Care homes as hospices: the problem with long-term care provision towards the end of life in England (2020-09-10)
London School of Economics