Dr Gitte Koksvik

  • Research Associate (Wellcome Trust) (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)


I have an MA in philosophy (specialization in health and culture) from Universite Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France and a PhD in social anthropology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My doctoral dissertation was on the topic of clinical-ethical and existential issues in intensive care, with particular focus on personhood, dignity-in-practice, and the making of a good death in this high-tech, critical context.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University Of Glasgow in the End Of Life Studies Group, working on the Wellcome Trust Project “Global Challenges at the End of Life”. I am moreover involved in the GCRF funded study “Assessing Quality and Outcomes in a Community Form of Palliative Care Delivery in Kerala, India”.

Research interests

  • End of life
  • Social constructions and representations of death and dying
  • Medicalisation
  • Intensive care
  • Ethnographic research
  • Affect and emotion in research
  • Research ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Non-treatment decisions
  • Personhood

Additional information

I am a member of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group

I contribute to the End of Life Studies blog