I joined the Open University in June 2010 to work on K260, Death and dying. Up until then I had been a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Westminster.
Since joining the OU I have worked on modules at all levels of the undergraduate programme in Health and Social Care as well as our Masters in Advancing Healthcare Practice. I have been academic adviser on several co-productions (with both the BBC and Channel 4) including the BAFTA-nominated documentary How to Die: Simon's Choice.
I was appointed Assistant Head of the Department of Health and Social Care in November 2015 and, since August 2016 I have been Head of the Health and Social Care Curriculum Area.
My specific interest in the area of death and dying is pregnancy loss and my ESRC-funded doctoral research, undertaken at the University of Surrey, was a sociological exploration of parental experiences of stillbirth. I am also a member of the Association for the Study of Death and Society and the British Sociological Association.
All forms of reproductive loss
Death and dying, sociology of health and illness, communication.
|Birth & Death Research Group||Group||Faculty of Health and Social Care|
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Lead||01 Oct 2016||30 Sep 2019||Willen Hospice|
What is the role of the environment and culture of the hospice in MK that means that people choose this over dying at home?
Researching perinatal death: managing the myriad of emotions in the field (2021)
Jones, Kerry and Murphy, Sam
International Journal of Social Research Methodology ((Early access))
Unpacking sensitive research: a stimulating exploration of an established concept (2020)
Mallon, Sharon; Borgstrom, Erica and Murphy, Sam
International Journal of Social Research Methodology ((Early Access))
New understandings of fathers’ experiences of grief and loss following stillbirth and neonatal death: a scoping review (2019-12)
Jones, Kerry; Robb, Martin; Murphy, Sam and Davies, Alison
Midwifery, 79, Article 102531
“I'd failed to produce a baby and I'd failed to notice when the baby was in distress”: The social construction of bereaved motherhood (2019)
Women's Studies International Forum, 74 (pp. 35-41)
Learning from deaths: Parents’ Active Role and ENgagement in The review of their Stillbirth/perinatal death (the PARENTS 1 study) (2017-10-02)
Bakhbakhi, Danya; Siassakos, Dimitrios; Burden, Christy; Jones, Ffion; Yoward, Freya; Redshaw, Maggie; Murphy, Samantha and Storey, Claire
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17, Article 333
The psychological, social, and economic impact of stillbirth on families (2017-06-30)
Murphy, Samantha and Cacciatore, Joanne
Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 22(3) (pp. 129-134)
Case study: what supports students to improve their grades? (2016-06-03)
Sieminski, Sandy; Messenger, Julie and Murphy, Sam
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 31(2) (pp. 141-151)
Analytics4Action Evaluation Framework: A Review of Evidence-Based Learning Analytics Interventions at the Open University UK (2016-01-19)
Rienties, Bart; Boroowa, Avinash; Cross, Simon; Kubiak, Chris; Mayles, Kevin and Murphy, Sam
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, Article 2(1)
Women's experiences of termination for fetal abnormality in a United Kingdom hospital setting: a systematic review protocol (2015-09)
Newton, Victoria Louise and Murphy, Sam
JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13(9) (pp. 159-167)
By the way knowledge: grandparents, stillbirth and neonatal death (2014-09-30)
Murphy, Sam and Jones, Kerry
Human Fertility, 17(3) (pp. 210-213)
Stillbirth and loss: family practices and display (2013-02-28)
Murphy, Sam and Thomas, Hilary
Sociological Research Online, 18(1)
Finding the positive in loss: stillbirth and its potential for parental empowerment (2013-01)
Murphy, Samantha Louise
Bereavement Care, 31(3) (pp. 98-103)
Reclaiming a moral identity: stillbirth, stigma and ‘moral mothers’ (2012)
Midwifery, 28(4) (pp. 476-480)
Lost Futures: Stillbirth and the Social Construction of Grief (2010-06-26)
Murphy, S. L.
ISBN : 9783838345840 | Publisher : Lambert Academic Press | Published : Saarbrücken, Germany
Bereaved parents: a contradiction in terms? (2013-01)
In: Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol and Layne, Linda eds. Understanding Reproductive Loss: Perspectives on Life, Death and Fertility. (pp. 117-128)
ISBN : 978-1-4094-7241-4 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham
Who shouts the loudest? The demographics of research into child bereavement (2015)
In : Death, Dying and Disposal 12 (2-6 Sep 2015, “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Romania)
The Good Stillbirth (2014)
In : Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2014 (26-30 May 2014, Brock University, St Catherines, Canada)