Prof Erica Borgstrom is a Professor of Medical Anthropology at The Open University (OU), where she specialises in death studies and leads Open Thanatology. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Her research predominately examines, often using ethnographic methods, how palliative and end of life care are practiced and structured. As such, her work juxtaposes policy, practice, and people’s everyday experiences. She is an internationally recognised leader in this field and contributes to a range of research and teaching in this area. Based on the ethnographic findings of her research, she has produced several films and animations, including with OpenLearn and the BBC.
Outside of the OU, Prof Borgstrom is co-editor in chief of Mortality (an international, interdisciplinary journal of death studies), co-editor of the book series Death and Culture (published by Bristol University Press), and a council member for the Association for the Study of Death and Society.