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Dr Bethany Rowan Morgan-Brett

Senior Lecturer

Psychosocial Studies, University of East London

I am a senior lecturer in Psychosocial studies, and have a PhD in Sociology from The University of Essex which was entitled 'Negotiating Midlife: Exploring the subjective experiences of ageing'. I specialise in the research areas of death, dying, ageing and the lifecourse. My current research project is called 'The Impossible Choice' in which I am exploring the experience of making decisions of care for and with older parents. I am also conducting an evaluation of a scheme involving the community engagement of care homes across Essex.


    Morgan Brett, B. (2013) ‘Growing up and Growing Old’ book chapter in Nicholas, A and Flaherty, I. Growing up, growing old: trajectories of times and lives. Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.

    Morgan Brett, B. (2013) ‘Reusing qualitative archived materials in creative research and innovative teaching contexts’, Association of Librarians and Information Workers in the Social Sciences (ALISS)

    Morgan Brett, B., and Turton, J. (2013) ‘A Collaborative Challenge to the Traditional Essay: Developing a Research Methods Assignment for Sociology Students with the Economic and Social Data Service’, In Practice Vol1. No.1

    Morgan Brett, B. (2012) ‘Liven up your teaching: Teach using real-life data’, The Sociology Teacher, BSA Teaching Group Journal

    Morgan Brett, B. (2012) ‘Are you as old as you feel?’ The Sociology Teacher, BSA Teaching Group Journal

    Lyon, D., Morgan Brett, B., and Crow, G. (2012) 'Working with Material from the Sheppey Archive: Exploring Formal and Contextual Data' in Special Issue of International Journal for Social Research Methods: Perspectives on Working with Archived Textual and Visual Material

    Weddell, E., Lyon, D., Crow, G., Morgan Brett, B. (2012) 'Imagining the Future: What can the aspirations of school-leavers in 1978 and 2010 tell us about the changing nature of society?' Sociology Review


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    Crow, G., Morgan Brett, B., Winterton, M. (Eds) (2011) 'Young Lives and Imagined Futures: Insights from Archived Data', Timescapes Working paper

    Morgan, B. (2006) ‘The Fear of Death in Midlife’. The University of Essex Graduate Journal, No.6

    Morgan, B. (2005) ‘Faith and the Fear of Death: A Quest for Immortality’. The University of Essex Graduate Journal, No.5

    Published training resources UK Data Service Teaching Resource: Using Psychosocial Approaches

    UK Data Service Teaching Resource with TALIF: Teaching Sociology with Archived Data (2012)

    UK Data Service Teaching Resource: Pioneers (2012)

    UK Data Archive's Managing and Sharing Training Resource (September 2011)

    ESDS thematic guides (May 2012)

    UK Data Service Teaching Resource: Using qualitative research - The Last Refuge (2011)

    UK Data Service Teaching Resource: Exploring Non-Interview Methods (2010)

    UK Data Service Teaching Resource: Exploring Diverse Interview Types (2009)

    Morgan Brett, B. (2011) ‘The Negotiation of Midlife: Exploring the Subjective Experience of Ageing’. (PhD thesis). Archived with the British Library

    Morgan Brett, B. (October, 2010) ‘The Negotiation of Midlife: Exploring the Subjective Experience of Ageing’. Newsletter of the British Society of Gerontology

    Morgan, B., and Vonofakos, D. (September, 2010) ‘Encouraging the use of archived collections in methods teaching’ QMiP published on behalf of the British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods

    Morgan, B. (October 2009). ‘Growing up and Growing Old’. Chapter in Time of our Lives Online book

    Morgan, B. (2009). ‘Giddens, Anthony (1938-)’ in Carr, D., (Ed) (2009), Encyclopaedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 172-174. Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Morgan, B. (2008), ‘The Fittest Corpse on the Block: Mastery, Control and the Ageing Body’. The University of Essex Graduate Journal, No.8

    Morgan, B. (2008) ‘Encouraging the use of Archived Research in Methods Teaching’ In the Spotlight

    Morgan, B. (2007) ‘Working with Defences: Constructing a psychosocial approach to sociological interviewing’. The University of Essex Graduate Journal, No.7



    One strand of my research interests is looking at intergenerational relationships particularly between midlife children and their parents. I am interested in the practical, emotional and psychical effects witnessing the increasing agedness and death of parents has on those in midlife and how older people are cared for.

    The second strand of my current research is looking at secondary data sources to develop a sociology of the future. Specifically is about exploring how young people imagine and narrate their futures - particularly narratives around ageing and death- and what this might tell us about wider society.



    Module Leader for PS4003 Introduction to Psychosocial Studies
    Module Leader PS6000 Dissertation Supervisor
    I also lecture a module in Social Psychology at The University of Essex.
    I run the University of Essex Summer School course in Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods.