NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Tessa Morgan is currently a NIHR-funded Research Associate in the Applied Social Science Group at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, she completed a Woolf Fisher Post-doctoral funded fellowship at the School of Nursing’s Te Arai Palliative and End-of-life Care Roopu at the University of Auckland.
She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care (2017-21). Her PhD explored older couple’s experiences of end-of-life care. She holds a BA Honours (first class) in History from the University of Auckland (2016). She was awarded Senior Scholar for her Bachelor of Arts cohort at the University of Auckland (2014).
Her current project focuses on young people with social work involvement’s experiences of the UK mental health system. Her previous research has focused on older New Zealander’s experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic; older people’s experiences of providing and receiving end-of-life care as well as their experiences of social connection and loneliness.
Connecting these projects is her interest in how institutions care for vulnerable people and how “vulnerable” people care for themselves and whilst navigating such systems and wider intersecting inequalities.
Tessa teaches across the areas of sociology, medical anthropology, intersectionality, gerontology and health services. She specialises in participatory and cross-cultural research approaches that use qualitative methods including interviews, focus groups and media analyses.
Morgan, T., Wiles, J., Black, S., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Koh, A., Fanueli, E., Williams, L., Goodwin, H., Gott, M. (2022) How socially cohesive was New Zealand’s first lockdown period from the perspective of culturally diverse older New Zealanders? Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online 17(4): 518-37.
Morgan, T., Duschinsky R., Barclay S. (2022) Dispensing care?: The dosette box as a low-fi technology within older people’s end-of-life caregiving practices Sociology of Health and Illness 1-19.
Morgan, T., Duschinsky, R., Gott, M., Barclay, S. (2021) Problematising carer identification: A narrative study with older partner’s providing end-of-life care SSM Qualitative Research in Health 1: 1-9.
Morgan, T., Wiles, J., Williams, L., Gott, M. (2021): COVID-19 and the portrayal of older people in New Zealand news media Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 51(1), S127-S142.
Morgan, T., Carey, M., Gott, M., Williams, L., Egli, V., Anderson, N. (2021) More than mortality data: a news media analysis of COVID-19 deaths in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 16(2), 419-431.
Morgan, T. Duschinsky R., Barclay S. (2021) Maintenance Art: Paul Stenner’s liminality and the case of older caregiving spouses in Wagnor, B., Zittoun, T., eds., Experience on the Edge: Theorizing Liminality Springer: New York, pp. 121-35.