Centre for Death & Society

Journals

Research

Scope and collaborations

We undertake academic research as well as research commissioned by the government, charities and businesses with concern for end-of-life issues.

We also give independent non-partisan policy advice to government and its departments. We promote co-operation between organisations that deal with end-of-life issues and act as a communication gateway to others working in this field.

Our membership includes staff from across the University of Bath as well as associates both internal and external. This enables us to pull together experts from a huge range of subject areas; academics, practitioners, service users and administrators.

We work across many of the research themes of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, and a number of our projects also involve themes linked to other faculties.

Current and recent projects

Pilot Project: Exploring the needs of “Befrienders” at Age UK BANES

Principal InvestigatorRenske Visser
Dates: May 2017 
Funder: University of Bath

Death, dying and devolution

Principal InvestigatorKate Woodthorpe 
Dates: January - June 2017
Funder: Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath

Understanding the role of care homes in palliative and end of life care

Principal Investigator: Jeremy Dixon
Dates: January - March 2016 (Funded) April - December 2016 (Delivery)
Funder: Public Health England

Bereavement through substance misuse

Principal Investigator: Tony Walter
Dates: September 2012 - August 2015
Funder: ESRC

Dying Well with Reduced Capacity

Principal Investigator (Bath): Jeremy Dixon
Dates: June - November 2015
Funder: GW4

Encountering Corpses

Principal Investigator: John Troyer
Dates: October 2014 - September 2017
Funder: ESRC

Dying Well in Old Age

Principal Investigator: Tony Walter
Dates: September 2014 - January 2015
Funder: GW4

LifeDocs

Principal Investigator: John Troyer
Dates: February 2014 - April 2014
Funder:  AHRC

What are we saving for?

Principal Investigator: Kate Woodthorpe
Dates: February 2013 - September 2013
Funder: Sunlife Direct

The Future Cemetery Project

Principal Investigator: John Troyer
Dates: April 2012 - June 2012, project ongoing
Funder: AHRC, REACT Heritage Sandbox

Engaging young people with death & natural burial

Principal Investigator: John Troyer
Dates: January 2013 - April 2013
Funder: AHRC

Digital Inheritance

Principal Investigator: Wendy Moncur
Dates: May 2011 - April 2014
Funder: EPSRC

Extending end of life care with social media

Principal Investigator: Malcolm Johnson, Tony Walter
Dates: July 2011 - January 2012 funded, Project ongoing
Funder: Knowledge Transfer Champion fund, University of Bath

The presence of the dead in society

Principal Investigator: Tony Walter
Dates: Ongoing
Unfunded

How and why different societies manage death differently

Principal Investigator: Tony Walter
Dates: Ongoing
Unfunded 

Angels and bereavement

Principal Investigator: Tony Walter
Dates: Ongoing
Unfunded

Compassionate Community Networks

Principal Investigator: Tony Walter
Dates: Ongoing
Unfunded

Death Online

Principal Investigator: Tony Walter
Dates: Ongoing
Unfunded

Life-Centred Funerals

Principal Investigator: Tony Walter
Dates: Ongoing
Unfunded

Continuing Bonds

Principal Investigator: Christine Valentine
Dates: Ongoing
Unfunded

R.I.P.

Principal Investigator: Jordan Baseman
Participants: Kate Woodthorpe, John Troyer
Dates:  Ongoing
Funder: Wellcome Trust

A labor of death and a labor against death: Memorial tattoos in late modernity

Principal Investigator: John Troyer
Dates: 2009 - Present
Unfunded

Affording a Funeral

Principal Investigator: Kate Woodthorpe
Dates: December 2011 - June 2012
Funder: AXA Sunlife Direct and University of Bath