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John Troyer started his post at the University of Bath in September 2008. He is Director of the Centre for Death and Society,  an RCUK Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. John received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society in May 2006. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Technologies of the Human Corpse" was awarded the University of Minnesota's 2006 Best Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities. From 2007-2008 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University teaching the cultural studies of science and technology. Within the field of death studies, John focuses on delineating and defining the concept of the dead human subject. John is in the closing stages of a case study looking at mercury emissions and heat capture technology in UK crematoria.

Research interests

  • The social and technological control of the dead body in both time and space vis-à-vis mechanical manipulation of human biology.
  • The legal, scientific and medical protocols that determine social policies, for example, those which pronounce a time of death for human beings.
  • The illicit, global trade in human tissues and body parts.
  • Aesthetics and death.

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Projects 2012 2019

Research Output 2008 2019

Grief, funeral fees and coffin calendar girls: life in death studies

Troyer, J., Valentine, C., Walter, T. & Woodthorpe, K., 2019, The Times Higher Education.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
47 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
life planning

“Owning” Necro-Waste

Troyer, J., 2016, In : Social Epistemology : a Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy. 5, 3, p. 59-63

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Death isn’t taboo, we’re just not encouraged to talk about it

Troyer, J., 10 Apr 2014, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
13 Citations (Scopus)
279 Downloads (Pure)

Disposal or dispersal? Environmentalism and final treatment of the British dead

Rumble, H., Troyer, J., Walter, T. & Woodthorpe, K., 31 Dec 2014, In : Mortality. 19, 3, p. 243-260 18 p.

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Open Access
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Bereavement and Motivation in Three Contrasting Cultures: Britain, Japan and China

Author: Fang, C., 22 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Valentine, C. (Supervisor) & Troyer, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Feasting with Death: A Study of Funeral-Food Practices

Author: Graham, J., 16 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Troyer, J. (Supervisor) & Walter, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


The Virtual Wake in Brazil

Author: Martins Van Den Hurk, A., 22 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Troyer, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD