Bella Vivat is Principal Research Fellow in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at UCL in London and is currently co-chair of the EAPC Spiritual Care Reference Group. She has over twenty years’ experience of research, and of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including MSc and PhD student supervision.
Bella has particular interests in qualitative research and expertise in a wide range of research approaches. Her central research interests are spiritual care and wellbeing, the experiences of people living with chronic and/or life-limiting illnesses, and the social construction of knowledge, with a substantial profile of related publications.
She studied medicine for three years before moving into social science, beginning her research career with an ethnographic study of spiritual care in a Scottish hospice for her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, awarded 2004.