DaCNet is lead by a steering group but relies on a collective of network members and associates. On this page, you will find information about our steering group, our network members inside the University of York, our associate members based in research and professional institutions internationally, and our affiliated research students across the University.

Steering Group:

Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of York and works in the arena of cultural criminology and death studies. Ruth is currently working on developing the York Death and Culture Walk for March 2019. She completed her second monograph Death, the Dead and Popular Culture (Emerald) in 2018 and has published articles in the arena of death and culture including ‘Consuming Criminal Corpses’ and ‘Corpses, Popular Culture and Forensic Science’. Ruth also writes for Discover Society and The Conversation. She has worked with BBC Radio 4, BBC2 and as a consultant for BBC1.

Dr Julie Rugg is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of York, and since the 1980s has been working in the field of cemetery history and policy. She has published extensively on British funerary culture. Her most recent monograph is Churchyard and Cemetery: Tradition and Modernity in Rural North Yorkshire She has international links with death scholars throughout Europe and hosts the annual International Cemeteries Colloquium in York.

Dr Benjamin Poore is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Film and Television at the Univeersity of York. As a researcher, he has written on the adaptation of texts between page, stage and screen, and on the cultural afterlives of Victorian fictional characters, authors, and other historical figures. His books include Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre: Staging the Victorians and Theatre & Empire.  

Dr Jack Denham is a Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at York St John University. Jack's most recent research on ‘murderabilia' considers objects associated with violent crimes, their value, their patrons and their marketing. Jack has spoken at museological, criminological and death studies conferences on his research around the cultural consumption of crime, violence and death, and has published on the ‘commodification of the criminal corpse’. 

Matt Coward-Gibbs is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and is the administrator of DaCNet. His PhD thesis 'UK Tabletop Gaming Communities' explores community formation and interaction within UK tabletop gaming via a qualitative ethnographic approach grounded in ritual theory. Outside of his PhD, Matt's research focuses on gamers and games and their interations with death, the undead, contemporary religion and popular culture.

Associated Research Networks

‌Visiting Researcher

‌‌Dr Gian Luca Amadei's research interests lay at the intersection between architecture, urban planning, sociology and human geography. Gian Luca is currently working on a post-doctoral research proposal that questions how the socio-cultural transformations that took place in Edwardian England, led society to accept the practice of cremation. Beyond his academic work, Gian Luca is an internationally recognised design and architectural journalist and writer. View Dr Amadei's academia.edu page.

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