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Prior to joining the Teesside University Health and Social Care Institute to undertake her PhD, Stephanie previously worked as a research assistant and had been lead on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Stephanie did her undergraduate degree at the University of York in Sociology and then went on to complete her Masters at Newcastle University in Sociology and Social Research.
· Sociology of death, dying and bereavement
· Inequality, social stratification and social class
· Sociology of health and illness
Stephanie's PhD explored the experience of recently bereaved carers from primarily deprived areas. There can be a great deal of variability in the experience of end-of-life for the patient, carer and family across social classes and groups in society. Whilst evidence has suggested that class-based health inequalities persist even in death and its cause, there has been little qualitative research to understand the lived experiences of those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Using the concepts of Bourdieu this research aims to examine how economic, social and cultural disadvantage affect the experience of those at the end-of-life and their carers. Using repeat in-depth qualitative interviews with 13 participants in North East England has given rich data, with findings indicating that there is a difference in the experience of death, dying and bereavement for those from arguably working class backgrounds.
Co-Founder of the Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network - recently awarded a small grant from The Wellcome Trust to support the hosting of events for the network.
British Sociological Association North East Medical Sociology Steering Group Member
Vice Chair Finance for the newly formed Postgraduate Society.
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