Dr Marian Peacock RMN, MA, PhD

Honorary Lecturer


Section of Public Health
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
Regent Street
S1 4DA 

email: M.Peacock@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0001-7499-0439


Having joined Scharr as a doctoral student, I completed my PhD in public health in 2012. Using the Free Association Narrative Interview (FANI) method, the work explored the shame and invidious social comparisons which are argued by psychosocial theorists to play a key role in explaining the damaging health and social consequences of life in unequal societies and the place of neoliberalism in sharpening these processes. Since then I have extended these perspectives into my research work which has been around prisons and end of life care, obesity and food practices and psychogenic seizure disorder.

In addition to my research I also teach on the MPH suite of courses in the areas of the social determinants and the use of narrative and biographical approaches in research.

Research Interests

My research work is underpinned by my interest in how inequality impacts on lives, how this is resisted and the protections available to be drawn upon. Class and the place of class in understanding inequality and class as a protective resource are a particular focus. As a Marie Curie researcher on the Both sides of the fence study at Lancaster University, an action research study addressing end of life care in prisons, I drew on these perspectives in making sense of what is happening in the contemporary prison system.

I am also interested in how concepts and ideas drawing on psychotherapeutic or psychoanalytic perspectives can be utilised in the research process to access and make sense of unconscious processes. My current research post exploring psychogenic seizures and the wider landscape of medically unexplained symptoms utilises these approaches.

Teaching Interests

I teach on the MPH and the Masters in Clinical Research and am interested in extending social epidemiological understandings of inequality by drawing on wider sociological theorising around class and particularly fundamental causation theories. In addition I teach qualitative methods and, in particular, narrative and biographical approaches to research.

Key Publications

Peacock M, Varey S. 2016. ""We call it jail craft"; the erosion of the protective discourses drawn on by prison officers dealing with ageing and dying prisoners in the neoliberal, carceral system". Sociology, [published online ahead of print April 7th 2017], doi: 10.1177/0038038517695060

Dickson J, PeacockM, Grünewald, R, Howlett S, Bissell P, Reuber M. 2017, "Non-epileptic attack disorder: the importance of diagnosis and treatment", BMJ Case Reports, [published online ahead of print, February 2017], doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-218278.

Turner M & Peacock M.  "Improving palliative care for prisoners: The "Both sides of the fence" study", Prison Service Journal, no 224, March 2016.

Fox NJ, Bissell P, Peacock M & Blackburn J. 2016, "The micropolitics of obesity: materialism, markets and food sovereignty", Sociology p. 0038038516647668.

Bissell P, Peacock M, Blackburn J, & Smith C. 2016, "The discordant pleasures of everyday eating: Reflections on the social gradient in obesity under neo-liberalism", Social Science & Medicine, vol. 159, pp. 14-21.

Turner M & Peacock M. 2016, Palliative care for Prisoners. In Ingleton C & Larkin P. (eds) Palliative Care Nursing at a Glance; John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

Turner M & Peacock M.  2015, "Planning for the end of life in prison", Howard League for Penal Reform, ECAN Bulletin, issue 25, January 2015, pp. 10-15.

Powell K, Wilcox J, Clonan A, Bissell P, Preston L, Peacock M, Holdsworth M. 2015, "The role of social networks in the development of overweight and obesity among adults: a scoping review", BMC Public Health, [published online ahead of print, September 2015]. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-2314-0.

Peacock M, Bissell P & Owen J. 2014, "Dependency denied: health inequalities in the neoliberal era", Social Science and Medicine, vol. 118, October 2014, pp. 173-180. [published online ahead of print, August 2014]. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.08.006

Peacock M, Bissell P, Owen J. 2014, "Shaming encounters: reflections on contemporary understandings of social inequality and health". Sociology, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 387-402. [published online ahead of print, July 2013]. DOI 10.1177/0038038513490353.

Peacock M, Bissell P. 2011. NIHR-CLAHRC for South Yorkshire, Reducing Health Inequalities Implementation Theme. Briefing Paper 3: The social determinants of health inequalities: implications for research and practice.

In press

Turner M, & Peacock M. Palliative care in UK prisons: practical and emotional challenges for custodial staff, healthcare professionals and fellow prisoners. Accepted for special edition of the Journal of Correctional Healthcare, due to be published in January 2017.