Dr Naomi Richards is Director of the End of Life Studies Group at the University of Glasgow.
Dr Richards is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science and is a social anthropologist by training. She specialises in dying and death, ageing and old age, and visual and ethnographic methods. Over the last decade she has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to undertake empirical and theoretical investigations into: the UK right-to-die debate; the phenomenon of old age rational suicide; and she is currently Principal Investigator for Dying in the Margins (2019-2023), a qualitative visual methods study which aims to uncover the reasons for unequal access to home dying for people experiencing poverty and deprivation.
She also co-leads the Royal Society of Edinburgh funded DeathWrites research network, supporting 30 writers based in Scotland to write and publish powerful, accessible work on the subject of dying, death and grief. In previous years, she has also led two Wellcome funded case studies. The first examined the relationship between palliative care and assisted dying in three jurisdictions where the practice is lawful. The second examined the global transfer and translation of the Death Café phenomenon.
Dr Richards teaches multiple courses on the University of Glasgow’s End of Life Studies Programme (PGCert/PGDip/MSc) and supervises PhD students across the social science and arts and humanities disciplines.