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Dr Tish Marrable

Post:Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care (Social Work and Social Care)
Other posts:Member (Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 226

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678310
International:+44 1273 678310

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I was a late starter at university but have been delighted to find myself here. I get to explore things I find fascinating, and try and pass that passion on to students in my teaching.

Before entering academia I worked in the music business as a press officer, band manager and sound engineer. This sounds more glamorous than it actually was. Over the years I have had wide experience of working in social roles, including counselling, teaching, nursing, and social care.

I completed a DPhil in Social Work at Sussex, funded by the ESRC, titled On needing ‘need': an exploration of the construction of children's ‘additional needs'. The study took a 'child outwards' qualitative methodology to explore the perspectives of children, parents/carers and practitioners from education, health, youth justice and social care. A key finding was that the emotions that arise in working with children and their families shape practitioners' views of the child, and therefore the support that they receive. Feelings of fear, anger and helplessness were strongly evident in practitioners accounts of their work.

My current research interests around autism, death and dying, and contemporary shamanic practices, are drawn from my own personal experience as well as from previous research work.


2011:  DPhil Social Work (University of Sussex)

2005:  MSc Social Research Methods (University of Sussex)

2001:  MSc Information Systems (University of Brighton)

2000:  BA (hons) Social Policy (University of Sussex)


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Care and am active in research as well as teaching.  My current research centres on wellbeing in death and dying: looking at contemporary shamanic spirit work at the end of life, and practitioner practices and wellbeing when communicating about death with autistic adults. 

My teaching focuses around social policy with a particular interest in health and wellbeing and around research methods including evaluation practices. I teach and supervise undergraduates, postgraduates and research students. 

I am leading our new BA in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, due to begin in September 2018. This innovative new course looks across the life cycle to explore and understand the ways that society produces and supports our wellbeing, taking in social, spiritual, cultural and political aspects and exploring theory, law and policy around health and wellbeing.

I consult on the use of NVivo, a qualitative data analysis software package, to the research community.







2011 DPhil Social Work

2005 MSc Social Research Methods

2001 MSc Information Systems

1999 BA (hons) Social Policy

PG Cert Higher Education.