Hannah Rumble is a social anthropologist in death studies. Her academic research has focused on peoples’ lived experiences and sociocultural trends affecting contemporary funeral provision and alternative corpse disposal practices in the English-speaking world. She sits on the editorial board for the journal Mortality and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath. Her current research focuses on improving support for bereaved people faced with coronial investigations and inquest hearings in England and Wales.
Her qualitative research has focused on funeral choices and practices, young peoples’ attitudes to death and dying, funeral poverty, direct cremation, natural/green burial, family dynamics at end of life and bereavement support in extra care settings.
She has worked with commercial, charity and third sector organisations to deliver research projects that inform policy and practice. She has also worked extensively with artists, designers, technologists and film-makers to deliver creative projects where death and grief are the focus.
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