Maria Monaghan

BA (Hons)., MSc.

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Maria Monaghan
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Maria joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2021, to pursue a phd having previously worked as an Associate Lecturer in Sociology at Northampton University. She received a first-class joint honours BA degree in Sociology and Business Entrepreneurship from Northampton in 2017 and her MSc in Social Research Methods at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2020. Maria's interests lie at the intersection(s) of medical sociology and technology. With emphasis on the social aspects of identity formation, social representations, corporeal commodification, marketization, bodily gifting, gift narratives and gift economies.  

  • MSc - Social Research Methods (Merit). Goldsmith University, London.
  • BA Joint Hons - Sociology with Business Entrepreneurship (First Class). University of Northampton
  • Access HE Diploma - Social Science (Distinction). Luton
  • NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care
  • NVQ Level 2 Business Administration
Research interests

Working Thesis title:

From posters to post-pandemic platforms: A visual thematic analysis of the plasma for medicine program in NHSBT's Public Health Messaging on Twitter

Main research interests:

  • Deconstructing Donation
  • Bodily Gifting / Gift Economies
  • Self-Representation(s), 
  • Visual methodologies
  • Digital Media platforms, Mediatization and Media Ecologies
Research group

Maria is part of the following research groups:  Vital Circulations, BSA Deconstructing Donation Study Group

Her supervisory team are:

Primary Supervisor Leeds: Professor Marie-Andrée Jacob

Co-supervisor(s) Sheffield: Dr Ros Williams, Professor Paul Martin

Collaborative Partner: NHSBT


Maria received grant/stipend funding from the UKRI scholarship scheme, under the Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC, White Rose College of Arts and Humanities WRoCAH from October 2021. As a collaborative award with NHS Blood and Transplant, under the project title:  "Save Lives, Stay Home", or "Save a Life, Give Blood?": An exploration of NHS Blood and Transplant's public health messaging in the pandemic media ecology.