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Maurice Nagington, BNurs (Hons), PhD


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My research has generally focussed on two areas: palliative care/cancer, and gay men's health. The first of these was the focus of my PhD during which I explored the ethics of palliative and supportive community care nursing, paying particular attention to post-structuralist authors. My more recent work focusses on (any combination of the following): LGBT health, HIV, ageing, and 'chemsex' (the use of drugs by gay men in sexualised settings). Again, in this work I take a critical approach to understanding these phenonemon and I am increasingly experimenting with utilising film, drama, pornography and other cultural artefacts as ways to move through and beyond empirical data.

Research interests

My research interests focus primarily on the study and application of contemporary moral philosophy and queer theorists, in particular the work of post-structuralist authors such as Foucualt, Deleuze and Butler. My main interest with these authors work is their discussion around ethical practice and how the formation of subjects may occur in a more ethical way. In my PhD I applied these ideas to the concept of quality palliative and supportive district nursing care examining how patients and carers subjectivities are produced and in what ways they are precluded from being able to (re)form in ethical ways.

I am keen to apply similar ideas to other areas of healthcare, in particular gay mens health and HIV care and include a wider range of disciplinary approaches such as film, literary and porn studies to inform healthcare practice.


My teaching encompasses a wide range of topics including ethics, palliative care, communication skills, and sociology/public health.

Methodological knowledge

The key methods I have developed during my PhD studies are discourse analysis and aspects of grounded theory utilising semi-structured interviews as a data collection method. I have also conducted a limited amount of work on film and literary analysis and in future research projects hope to expand on these methodological approaches.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • Healthier Futures


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