Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Una MacConville

Visiting Fellow



Tel: +353 86 8175530

Una MacConville, PhD, is a sociologist and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Death & Society, Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

Una is currently invoved in developing resources and training for interpreters working with palliative care services in Ireland and for palliative care professionals working with interpreters - funded under the Irish Hospice Foundation Development Grant Scheme.

Una has also conducted research on deathbed experiences, including deathbed visions, in Irish palliative care, funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and St Francis Hospice, and is also involved in a range of research and teaching activity.

Una was previously a member of the organising committee for the international Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal (DDD) conference in both 2005 and 2007, both of which were held in Bath, UK. She is formerly a member of the steering group of the Bereavement Research Forum.

Research interests

  • Palliative care
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Roadside memorials
  • After-life communication
  • End of life care needs for people with dementia
  • Cultural aspects of death, dying and bereavement


Una regularly contributes to the MSc in Palliative Care (Trinity College Dublin and St Francis Hospice) and the MSc in Bereavement Studies (Royal College of Surgeons and the Irish Hospice Foundation). She has supervised MSc students from both these programmes.


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