Dr Marian Krawczyk
- Lecturer in Health and Social Policy (End of Life) (Interdisciplinary Studies)
I obtained my PhD in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University (Canada, 2015). My research was an ethnographic study of hospital palliative care specialists and patients, and how they collectively negotiated the dying process within increasingly complex health systems.
Before joining the University of Glasgow I held several post-doctoral positions in partnership with Trinity Western University (Langley, B.C.), The Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (Providence Health, Vancouver, B.C.), and The Canadian Frailty Network.
My previous degrees are in Communication (Masters, Simon Fraser University) and Anthropology (Bachelor, University of British Columbia).
In conjunction with my academic career, I have also worked as an independent research consultant, holding a number of coordinator positions on large multi-year health research initiatives.
Palliative and end of life care
- Prognostic uncertainty
- Hospital - Organizational culture and systems modeling
- The history of palliative care
- Total pain
- End of life/Death doulas
- Patient-reported outcome and experience measures
Ethnographic, qualitative and non-traditional methods
Affective labour and affect theory
The human microbiome
I was recently awarded a Carnegie Foundation Research Incentive Grant (2018) for "A new approach to suffering in life-limiting llness: Total pain, embodiment, and the human microbiome".
I currently supervise a PhD student. The project "Examining ‘Total Pain’ in Palliative Care Practice and Policy" is a scoping study of current understanding, and operationalisation, of the concept of ‘total pain’ amongst palliative care practitioners and end of life policy-makers in a range of countries in the global north.
I also recently conrbitued to the "Think: Health" series from Australian Public Radio 2ser 107.3. Entitled "Dealing with Death" (Episode #90), it centres on the fascinating story of Sophie, who recounts her experiences of touching, and being with, those she loved after she died. You can find the episode here.