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Stephanie Mulrine

01642 34-
Job title:
Special Lecturer
Teesside University
Health & Social Care research

About Stephanie Mulrine

Stephanie Mulrine

Stephanie Mulrine
Special Lecturer, Teesside University
T: 01642 34-
Research: Health & Social Care research

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.

Research interests

Research interests

·  Sociology of death, dying and bereavement
·  Inequality, social stratification and social class
·  Sociology of health and illness

Current Projects

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.

Additional Roles

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.


Conference presentations:

  • SoFI Seminar, Teesside University - 'Understanding class differences in the experience and cultural practices of death and approaches to dying: A sociological approach', Oral Presentation, March 2014.
  • Sociology Study Group - Teesside University - 'Pierre Bourdieu: Application for understanding health inequalities', Oral Presentation, March 2014.
  • Qualitative Health Research Group Annual Postgraduate Methods Challenge, Wolfson Institute, Durham University- 'Death in disadvantaged communities: Serial, semi-structured interviews' Oral Presentation, July 2014.
  • British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Aston University - 'Death and bereavement in disadvantaged communities: Experience of family caregivers', Poster Presentation, September 2014.
  • Pint of Science, Teesside University - 'The Power of Perception-Common Sense or Nonsense?' Oral Presentation, May 2015.
  • European Sociological Association 12th Conference: Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination, Czech Technical University, Prague - 'He's uses his ashes in the ink. He's in with them, isn't he?': Working-class experience of death, dying and bereavement', Oral Presentation, August 2015.
  • British Sociological Association Conference: 'Death and grief in working class communities: narratives of recently bereaved carers', Oral Presentation, April 2016.