Dr Naomi Richards
- Lecturer (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)
Dr Naomi Richards is Lecturer in End of Life Studies at the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining Glasgow in 2015, she held positions at the University of the West of Scotland and the University of Sheffield.
Naomi is a social anthropologist specialising in death and dying, ageing and old age, and visual and ethnographic methods. Over the last decade she has been funded by the ESRC to undertake empirical and theoretical investigations into the UK right-to-die debate and the phenomenon of old age rational suicide. She is currently principle investigator for the ESRC funded Dying in the Margins (2019-2022), a qualitative project aiming to uncover the reasons for unequal access to home dying for the socio-economically deprived. She is also involved in two Wellcome Trust funded case studies. The first examines the relationship between palliative care and assisted dying in three jurisdictions where the practice is lawful. The second examines the global transfer and translation of the Death Café phenomenon.
Over the years, Naomi has collaborated on research projects about: challenging stereotypes of older women; transitions to palliative care in the hospital setting; and sensory and palliative care approaches for people with advanced dementia.
She has a long-standing interest in documentary filmmaking and visual methods, stemming from a Masters in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at Manchester University.
- Cultural attitudes to death and dying
- End of life issues facing older people
- Dementia and end of life decision-making
- Assisted dying
- Centenarians and the 'oldest old'
- Socio-economic deprivation and end of life experiences
- Testimony, witnessing and narrative at the end of life
- Visual representations of older people
- Visual representations of death and dying
- Visual methods; Ethnographic methods
ESRC Large Grant Dying in the Margins: Uncovering the Reasons for Unequal Access to Home Dying for the Socio-Economically Deprived (2019-2022)
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship award (2012-14)
I welcome enquiries about supervision relating to my research interests in: anthropology of death and dying; assisted dying; community models of end of life care; inequalities at the end of life; dying in old age; the 'oldest old'; the ageing and dying continuum; concepts of suffering and 'total pain' at the end of life; visual or literary representations of ageing or dying; participatory visual methods.
I am currently supervising 4 PhD studies:
- Death café conversations
- Inequalities in death and dying – dying on the streets in the UK and US
- Examining ‘total pain’ in Palliative Care practice and policy
- Representing chosen death: how writers depict physician-assisted death, and suicide