Dr Kate Woodthorpe
3 East 3.27
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6852
Kate is a member of the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS), the UK’s only research centre devoted to the study of social aspects of death, dying and bereavement.
See Kate talk about her funeral poverty research in her lecture entitled 'Why should we care about dying?'
Hear Kate talk about her research on Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed' with Laurie Taylor.
A sociologist who specialises in death and dying, Dr Woodthorpe has been a member of the Department and Centre for Death and Society since 2010. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the study group representative on the British Sociological Association Council, and a founding member of the Association for the Study of Death and Society. Her work on funeral poverty has been disseminated widely through the media, including numerous appearances on BBC Radio 4 Today programme and BBC1 Breakfast, and featured in The Guardian and The Telegraph.
Within the Department, Dr Woodthorpe is the Director of Studies for the BSc Sociology, BSc Social Policy, BSc Social Sciences and BSc Sociology and Social Policy degrees.
She supervises three PhD students and was voted 'Supervisor of the Year' by the University of Bath and Students' Union in 2013-14. Kate would welcome enquiries about doctoral supervision.
- Funeral ritual and commerce
- Funeral poverty
- Qualitative research and research ethics
- Professional identity in death care
Hockey, J., Komaromy, C. and Woodthorpe, K., eds., 2010. The Matter of Death: Space, place and materiality. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Woodthorpe, K., 2012. Baby gardens: A privilege or predicament? In: Earle, S., Komaromy, C. and Layne, L., eds. Understanding Reproductive Loss: Perspectives on Life, Death and Fertility. Farnham: Ashgate.
Woodthorpe, K., 2010. Private grief in public spaces: Interpreting memorialisation in the contemporary cemetery. In: Hockey, J., Komaromy, C. and Woodthorpe, K., eds. The Matter of Death: Space, place and materiality. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Woodthorpe, K., 2010. Revisiting taboo: Buried bodies in an East London Cemetery. In: Maddrell, A. and Sidaway, J., eds. Deathscapes. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
Rumble, H., Troyer, J., Walter, T. and Woodthorpe, K., 2014. Disposal or dispersal? : Environmentalism and final treatment of the British dead. Mortality, 19 (3), pp. 243-260.
Woodthorpe, K. and Komaromy, C., 2013. A missing link? The role of mortuary staff in hospital based bereavement care services. Bereavement Care, 32 (3), pp. 124-130.
Woodthorpe, K., Rumble, H. and Valentine, C., 2013. Putting ‘the grave’ into social policy : state support for funerals in contemporary UK society. Journal of Social Policy, 42 (3), pp. 605-622.
Foster, L. and Woodthorpe, K., 2013. What cost the price of a good send off? The challenges for British state funeral policy. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 21 (1), pp. 77-89.
Borgstrom, E. and Woodthorpe, K. V., 2013. DDB 2012 Report for Journal of Illness, Crisis & Loss. Illness, Crisis, & Loss, 21 (3), pp. 249-250.
Valentine, C. and Woodthorpe, K., 2013. Forthcoming. From the cradle to the grave : Funeral welfare from an international perspective. Social Policy and Administration
Valentine, C., Woodthorpe, K. and Easthope, L., 2013. Opportunities and barriers to forming a professional identity : Communities of practice within UK funeral directing. Mortality, 18 (4), pp. 358-375.
Foster, L. and Woodthorpe, K., 2012. A golden silence? Acts of remembrance and commemoration at UK football games. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 36 (1), pp. 50-67.
Woodthorpe, K., 2011. Sustaining the contemporary cemetery: implementing policy alongside conflicting perspectives and purpose. Mortality, 16 (3), pp. 259-276.
Tilley, L. and Woodthorpe, K., 2011. Is it the end for anonymity as we know it? A critical examination of the ethical principle of anonymity in the context of 21st century demands on the qualitative researcher. Qualitative Research, 11 (2), pp. 197-212.
Woodthorpe, K., 2011. Researching death: methodological reflections on the management of critical distance. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 14 (2), pp. 99-109.
Woodthorpe, K., 2011. Using bereavement theory to understand memorialising behaviour. Bereavement Care, 30 (2), pp. 29-32.
Woodthorpe, K., 2009. Reflecting on death: The emotionality of the research encounter. Mortality, 14 (1), pp. 70-86.
Meyer, M. and Woodthorpe, K., 2008. The material presence of absence: A dialogue between museums and cemeteries. Sociological Research Online, 13 (5).
Phillips, D., Hagan, T., Bodfield, E., Woodthorpe, K. and Grimsley, M., 2008. Exploring the impact of group work and mentoring for multiple heritage children's self-esteem, well-being and behaviour. Health & Social Care in the Community, 16 (3), pp. 310-321.
Woodthorpe, K., 2007. My life after death: Connecting the field, the findings and the feelings. Anthropology Matters, 9 (1).
Hockey, J. and Woodthorpe, K., 2006. Funeraire 2005, Report on the Salon Professionnel International de l'Art Funeraire, Paris, Le Bourget. Mortality, 11 (4), pp. 382-383.
Woodthorpe, K. V., 2014. I can't afford to die : Addressing funeral poverty. Other. International Longevity Centre.
Woodthorpe, K., 2012. Affording a Funeral: Social Fund Funeral Payments. Other. Axa Sun Life Direct.
Komaromy, C. and Woodthorpe, K., 2011. Investigating mortuary services in hospital settings. Other. Unkown Publisher.
Woodthorpe, K., Cox, S., Tyrell, B. and , S. L. D., 2011. The Trouble with Dying: the Sun Life Direct Cost of Dying Survey 2011. Other. Bristol: Axa Sun Life Direct.
Conference or Workshop Items
Woodthorpe, K. V., 2013. From the cradle to the grave: is the ideal funeral just a dream? In: American Sociological Association 108th Annual Meeting, 2013-08-10 - 2013-08-13, New York.
Woodthorpe, K., 2012. Rights, rituals and resources: similarities and differences in welfare support for funerals. In: Mortality, Death and Dying: philosophical and social perspectives, 2012-08-22 - 2012-08-24, Helsinki.
Woodthorpe, K., 2009. Money and death: the consumption of bereavement services. In: Ninth International Conference Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal (DDD9), 2009-09-09 - 2009-09-12, University of Durham, Durham.
Woodthorpe, K., 2009. Making money out of misery? Consuming bereavement services. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2009: The Challenge of Global Social Enquiry, 2009-04-16, Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff, Wales.
Woodthorpe, K., 2008. "And I thought you bastards, you must have thought more of your mother than that": The task of negotiating emotions and efficiency by bereavement workers. In: British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Conference 2008, 2008-09-04 - 2008-09-06, University of Sussex.
Woodthorpe, K., 2008. Blue sky thinking from six feet under: research and practice. In: Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management Corporate Seminar, 2008-05-01, Cranfield University.