I joined the University of Stirling as a lecturer in sociology in August 2016. Prior to this I was at the University of Sheffield, where I completed a PhD in the Department of Sociological Studies and worked as a research associate. I have an MA in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a BA in history from the University of York.
My PhD took an ethnographic approach to how residents of older people's homes become at home (or not) from a material culture perspective. I am currently interested in future time in the context of older age, and how time is perceived and experienced differently at different stages of the life course.
I have three main research interests (which often overlap):
Ageing, the life course and time:
Sociology of ageing; critical gerontology; cultural gerontology; time - particularly future perceptions of time in older age; fictional representatives of ageing and the life course.
Sociology of health and illness:
Experiences of health and illness; lay epidemiology - particularly in the context of risk and public health; alcohol; death and dying; relationships in the context of health and illness; how illness is experienced and constructed differently at different stages of the life course.
Home, relationships and families:
Particularly in the context of older age, health and illness, death and dying.
Methods and approaches:
I predominantly use qualitative methods, although I have worked on mixed methods projects.
Material and sensory approaches.
I am also interested in narrative approaches.
January 2018 - August 2018: Housing and Ageing: Linking Strategy to Future Delivery for Scotland 2030 - Led by Dr Vikki McCall, funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.
Lovatt M, Bath PA & Ellis J (2017) Development of Trust in an Online Breast Cancer Forum: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19 (5), Art. No.: e175. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.7471.
Lovatt M, Nanton V, Roberts J, Ingleton C, Noble B, Pitt E, Seers K & Munday D (2015) The provision of emotional labour by health care assistants caring for dying cancer patients in the community: a qualitative study into the experiences of health care assistants and bereaved carers. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52 (1), pp. 271-279. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.10.013.
Munday D, Lovatt M, Roberts J, Nanton V, Noble B, Ingleton C, Pitt E & Seers K (2013) Receiving end of life care at home: experiences of the bereaved carers of cancer patients cared for by health care assistants. Dimbleby Cancer Care.