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Dr Aliki Karapliagkou

Lecturer in Sociology

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 232572


I have a broad range of sociological interests inclusive of social theory, contemporary global movements focusing upon intersectionality, identity and equality issues. I have researched experiences of loss and bereavement in British African Caribbean communities, especially in the South West of England. In this context, I studied historical experiences of dislocation and dispossession, emerging cultures of grief and how inter-generational conceptions and narratives of loss impact upon bereavement experiences. I examine social interactions at the end of life and how these implicate with economic and political structures to create and reinforce marginality, or alternatively resist it, and promote inclusion, social cohesion and resilience. 

Equally, there is an applied element to my approach to sociology. I research end-of-life care from a public health perspective, particularly looking at how communities organise in naturalistic settings and frameworks to look after their vulnerable members and address crises arising from end of life considerations. Within a public health understanding, end-of-life care pertains to much more than the last hours, days or weeks of life. It involves a reorientation towards empathetic relationships adaptive and accommodating of issues that arise from existential threats, care and caring, living with long-term illness, loss and bereavement, and more. A compassionate approach to end-of-life care demonstrates preparedness to deal with crises such as that arising from pandemics and major disasters, and focuses upon social cohesion as a key factor in the promotion of health and wellbeing. 

I moved to Bradford in 2016 to work in the School of Health Studies as Research Fellow. In 2019 I was appointed Lecturer in Sociology in the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences. I recently became Programme Leader of the BA(Hons) in Sociology. I teach core Sociology modules, research methods and The Sociology of Health and Illness.     


end-of-life care, public health, grief and bereavement, cultural studies, postcolonial literature, digital societies, health inequalities and Covid-19.  
Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
01-FEB-21 - Researcher/analysttGov: Rethinking Inclusive Digital Strategies for Public Services
Research collaborators
NameCompassionate Cities
DescriptionI have worked for a number of years within a public health framework for end-of-life care called Compassionate Cities. I participate in research in numerous centres in the UK that adopt this framework of practice.
NameManjula Patel
CompanyMurray Hall Community Trust
NameKlaus Wegleitner
Company Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care (CIRAC), University of Graz


Teaching interests

social theory, poststructuralism, social movements, identity and intersectionality, end-of-life care, public health, cultural studies, postcolonial literature, digital societies, qualitative research, research design and grounded theory analysis.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-01: University of Plymouth - BSc(Hons) in Sociology
  • 01-JAN-02: University of Bristol - MSc(Hons) Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
  • 01-JAN-06: University of Bath - MRes(Hons) in Social Policy
  • 01-JAN-13: University of Bath - PhD in Sociology
  • 01-JUN-16: ¬†Bradford University - Research Fellow in Applied Health Research
  • 01-FEB-14: Middlesex University - Research Fellow in End-of-Life Care
  • 01-JUN-15: University of Southampton - Research Fellow in Community End-of-Life Care
  • 15-JAN-19: University of Bradford - Lecturer in Sociology
  • Research Group Leadership: Research Fellow in Applied Health Research
  • Blended Learning Champion:
  • Faculty Health and Wellbeing panel member:


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitlePalliative care - the new essentials (2018)
AuthorsAbel, J., Kellehear, A., Karapliagou, A.
JournalAnnals Of Palliative Medicine
TitleThe forgotten people in British public health: a national neglect of the dying, bereaved and caregivers (2016)
AuthorsKarapliagou, A. Kellehear, A.
JournalBMJ Supportive and Palliative Care
Book Chapters
TitleCompassionate Communities: Working with Marginalised Populations (2021)
AuthorsKarapliagkou, A.
JournalCollaborative Practice in Primary and Palliative Care
TitleThe public health end-of-life care movement: history, principles, and styles of practice (2018)
AuthorsKarapliagou, A., Kellehear, A., Wegleitner, K.
JournalPsychosocial Issues in Palliative Care: A community Based Approach for Life Limiting Illness
PublisherOxford University Press
Other Publications
Other typePolicy Contribution
TitleTogether at the end of life: Volunteers in end-of-life care (2016)
AuthorsBailey, C., Karapliagkou, A.
Other typeElectronic Article
TitlePrinciples of community volunteering in palliative and end of life care (2016)
AuthorsKarapliagkou, A.
Other typeOther Publication
TitlePublic Health Approaches to End-of-Life Care: A Toolkit (2014)
AuthorsKarapliagkou, A., Kellehear, A.
PublisherPublic Health England, National Council for Palliative Care