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Emily Harrop

Dr Emily Harrop

Research Fellow

School of Medicine

+44 29206 87184
Neuadd Meirionnydd, Room 8th Floor, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a qualitative researcher working in palliative care, with a background in the social sciences. My research interests are; grief and bereavement; the support needs of family carers; patient and family experiences of living with advanced illnesses; patient experiences of clinical trials and service innovation and evaluation in palliative, end of life and bereavement care.


















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My current research interests are; bereavement care and experiences; the support needs of family carers; patient and family experiences of living with advanced illnesses; patient experiences of clinical trials and service innovation and evaluation in palliative and end of life care.

Impact and other awards:

Finding the bereavement support that’s right for you; development of evidence-based resources for 
people experiencing bereavement. ESRC Impact Acceleration Awards. 2022-2023. Principal Investigator

Research grants:

Development of an online self-directed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
(ACT) intervention to improve ability to cope and quality of life after
bereavement. Marie Curie. 2022-2024, Co-Investigator

The long-term grief experiences and support needs of people 
bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic: cohort survey 4th timepoint. Marie Curie. 2022-2023, Principal Investigator

Supporting people bereaved during COVID-19: a mixed methods study of bereaved people’s experiences and the bereavement services supporting them. UKRI/ESRC. 2020-2022, Co Principal Investigator

A Scoping Survey of Bereavement Services in Wales. End of Life Board. 2019, Co Principal Investigator

Supporting people bereaved through advanced illness: A systematic review of the evidence and development of a core outcome set for bereavement research in palliative care. Marie Curie Research Grant. 2016-2018, Principal Investigator

Previous research projects:

The Challenge Pathway Study: An evaluation of an innovative service model for the end of life care of people with dementia (2015/2016)

Breaking down barriers: An evaluation of a hospice led project aimed at improving access to palliative care for Black and Minority Ethnic groups. A multi method longitudinal evaluation involving stakeholder interviews with health professionals, BME community groups and project staff; documentary analysis and analysis of ethnicity and demographic data. Marie Curie Cancer Care Centre Grant/ Big Lottery (2012 to 2015)

QUALFRAG: A Qualitative study exploring patients’ experience of the FRAGMATIC lung cancer trial. A longitudinal interview study which investigated the experiences and support needs of advanced lung cancer patients participating in a large clinical trial. Velindre Stepping Stones Charitable Trust (2011/2012)

BOLERO qualitative sub study. An interview study with bladder cancer patients who decline randomisation to the BOLERO trial.  CRUK (2011/2012).

Managing home based care: the experiences and support needs of carers of patients with advanced illness. A focus group study with community nurse specialists, health care assistants and current and former carers.


I provide teaching and supervisory support to the MSc in Palliative Medicine, including Qualitative Research Methods, small group sessions and supervision of MSc dissertations.

I co-ordinate and teach on a Year Two SSC Module, 'Palliative Care Research and Practice'

Supervision of medical students intercalating in Population Medicine.


Education and qualifications

  • PhD School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (2010)

  • MSc Ethnicity and Multiculturalism, University of Bristol, Distinction (2004)

  • BA hons History, University of Bristol, 2.1 (2002)

Career overview

  • 2011 - present: Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Cardiff University
  • 2010-2011: Researcher, Arad Research.
  • 2006-2010: PhD student, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Thesis: Contested knowledge in the assessment of public health risks: a case study of the Nant-y-Gwyddion landfill site south Wales. Supervised by Prof. Gareth Williams and Dr Eva Elliott.

  • 2005-2006: Research Assistant, Cardiff Institute of Society Health and Ethics (CISHE).

Committees and reviewing

Reviewer Grant, NIHR, Marie Curie, Dunhill Medical Grants

Journal reviewer, BMC Palliative Care, BMC Trials, Palliative Medicine, Scandinvian Journal of Healthcare Sciences


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Bereavement/Bereavement Care
  • Caregiver and patient experiences at the end of life
  • Patient experiences of clinical trials