Natalie Richardson

BA (Hons), MA

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Natalie Richardson
Department of Sociological Studies
Research interests
  • Social suffering
  • Death and dying
  • Illness narratives
  • Qualitative research

Thesis: Experiencing Suffering: An Ethnography of Palliative Care Work

My PhD research adopts an ethnographic approach within a hospice, to explore suffering through the perspectives and experiences of palliative care workers. The study looks at the social relationships and interactions between hospice staff and with patients. Moreover, the research hopes to understand and engage with how palliative care workers experience as well as understand suffering in their day-to-day work. 

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Teaching activities

I have supported teaching on the following modules:

  • SCS1002: The Sociological Imagination (Level One)
  • SCS1012: Classical Social Thought (Level One)
  • SCS6048: Intimacy and Personal Relationships (MA level)
Professional activities
  • Co-convene the Sheffield Death Group
  • John Westergaard Prize for Best Undergraduate Dissertation in Sociology (2016)
  • ESRC White Rose DTC 1+3 Scholarship (2016)