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Caitlin Pilbeam

BA (Hons), MSc, DPhil (Oxon)

Postdoctoral Researcher & Tutor in Qualitative Research Methods

I am an interdisciplinary Medical Anthropologist currently conducting postdoctoral research in global health and epidemics, building from my DPhil in Primary Care. I also co-develop and teach short courses on qualitative research methods. Passionate about holistic wellbeing and different forms of healing, my research interests include novel qualitative methods and theory for applied healthcare research, quality of life and end of life in local and global health contexts.

During my DPhil, I conducted a two-year ethnographic and phenomenologically-informed exploration of living well with heart failure towards end of life in the UK. I focused on what patients want out of their care and their lives, how this can be supported (or not) by technology, and finally how this might affect the way we understand quality of life towards the end of life. This research was funded by a Wellcome Trust studentship, affiliated with the Studies in Co-Creating Assisted Living Solutions project, and conducted under the supervision of Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Dr Caroline Potter.

I am also an Honorary Academic in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland, collaborating with the Te Arai Research Group, and endeavouring to extend my doctoral work in the context of New Zealand and more specifically Māori end of life care and policy. My next project focuses on living and dying in acute epidemic outbreaks in low- and middle-income countries. 


I contribute to a number of courses in this Department and others in the University, focussing on cross-disciplinary audiences.