Photo of Natalie RichardsonNatalie Richardson

MA Social Research, University of Sheffield
BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Sheffield

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Thesis title / scope of research

An ethnographic study of hospice workers understandings of suffering.

My PhD research explores suffering from the palliative care workers perspective. Adopting an ethnographic approach, the research looks at the relationships between palliative care workers and their patients. Exploring the interactions between workers and with their patients, as well as palliative care workers reactions to end-of-life suffering. The research hopes to understand how palliative care workers engage with and make sense of suffering in their day-to-day working lives.

Joint supervisor(s)

  • Dr Kate Reed
  • Dr Matthias Benzer

Research interests

  • Sociology of Suffering
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Death and Dying
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Teaching experience

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)

Other experience

Co-convene the Sheffield Death Group:


  • John Westergaard Prize for Best Undergraduate Dissertation in Sociology (2016)
  • ESRC White Rose DTC 1+3 Scholarship (2016)


Richardson, N. (2018) "'Av a Little Chat, 'Av a Cuppa Tea, Then Go Back to us Job": Balancing Emotions in a Palliative Care Work Setting, The Sheffield Student Journal for Sociology, 2nd edition, pp. 66-86.