Dr Panagiotis Pentaris

Staff details

Dr Panagiotis Pentaris


Director of Research and Research Studies Senior Lecturer of Social Work & Thanatology


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


Panagiotis.Pentaris (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

thanatology (death studies),loss and trauma,EDI,religion, social policy and justice, research and ethics, transhumanis

I have been researching and publishing about death, dying and bereavement for over 12 years, with a particular focus on the socio-political conceptions and contestations of death, as well as the intersections of religion, faith and non-belief with death and dying. My work has a wider scope and is underpinned by social work, as well as social policy foundations. I have also been researching LGBTQIA+ identities and queer necropolitics for over five years, lending practices to education and end of life care, while developing EDI strategies for Higher Education.

My work in social work has extended to commissioned work by the Government which scrutinised key areas of social work curricula, driving current changes in the field. I am an active Board member on global organisations like the ASDS, leading initiatives for the improvements in the above mentioned areas.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Social Work 2008
  • PGCE Military Social Work 2009
  • MSW Social Work, Death and Multiculturalism 2011
  • PGDiploma Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy 2012
  • PGCE Management of Learning and Teaching in HE 2014
  • PhD, Social Policy, Thanatology, Religious Studies and Social Work 2015
  • PGDiploma Editing and Proofreading English Language 2017

Research interests

My research area of concern is thanatology, and particularly death, dying, grief and bereavement, while my research activity spans across various disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. I have, in the last five years, completed projects on the intersectionality of religion, non-religion and dying and death; death and dying in COVID-19; COVID-19 and pandemic grief; assisted suicide and assisted dying in public policy and public opinion; the role of religion and faith in social work practice; the role of religion and faith in end of life care; the representations of death and dying in animated films, and the tensions with the sociology of childhood; LGBTQ identities and social rights; the governance of dying in contemporary societies; ageing and professional practice; to name a few. My most recent monograph (due for release in November 2021) is titled Dying in a Transhumanist and Posthuman Society and a volume I recently editied, and wrote many segments of it, is titled Death, Grief and Loss in the Context of COVID-19; both published by Routledge.
My work is primarily collaborative, and I have linked my interests with colleagues – scholars and practitioners – from various fields like social work, sociology, social policy, psychology, history, music, comparative literature, nursing, counselling, politics and astronomy. I have developed, and continue to do so, a large national and international network, inclusive of individuals, groups and organisations/institutions. An example of my initiative in developing such links stems from the foundation of the Palliative Professionals Network in Cyprus, in 2018. Another example includes the forming of the International Death Scholars Network – ASDS Ambassadors – which I am chairing, on behalf of the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS).

Publications and research outputs


Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2021. Dying in a transhumanist and posthuman society. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367542177

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2018. Religious Literacy in Hospice Care: Challenges and Controversies. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781351103732

Edited Book

Pentaris, Panagiotis, ed. 2021. Death, grief and loss in the context of COVID-19. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367647322

Edited Journal

Pentaris, Panagiotis and Patlamazoglou, Lefteris, eds. 2023. Bereavement in older age in LGBTIQ adults, Psychology & Sexuality, 14(4). 1941-9899

Pentaris, Panagiotis, ed. 2021. Religious Literacy in End of Life Care, Religions, . 2077-1444

Pentaris, Panagiotis and Christodoulou, Panayiota, eds. 2019. Chronic Illness and Childhood Death, Children, . 2227-9067

Book Section

Pentaris, Panagiotis and Petricola, Mattia. 2024. Gender, Age and Identity. In: Douglas J. Davies, ed. A Cultural History of Death: Volume 6: A Cultural History of Death in the Modern Age. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781472536266

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2024. End of Life care policy in OECD nations. In: Julia Morgan and Vincent La Placa, eds. Comparative Perspectives on Health and Social Care Policy and Practice Across OECD Countries. Abingdon: Routledge.

Pentaris, Panagiotis and Petricola, Mattia. 2024. Speculative fiction and thanatological imagination: challenging the ethics of technological aliveness and (im)mortality. In: Nina Lykke; Tara Mehrabi and Marietta Radomska, eds. Routledge Handbook of Queer Death Studies. Abingdon: Routledge.


Pentaris, Panagiotis; Christodoulou, Panayiota; Erotocritou, Koulla; Parlalis, Stavros; Hadjiharalambous, Demetris and Hanna, Sue. 2024. Integrating the Global Agenda of Social Work and Social Development in the Republic of Cyprus. Practice: Social Work in Action, 36(2), pp. 127-141. ISSN 0950-3153

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2023. Ageing and loss attitudes of social work students: a cross-sectional study. Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2023. El impacto del COVID-19 en la muerte y el duelo. RIO: International Journal of Organizations(30), pp. 13-26. ISSN 2013-570X

Conference or Workshop Item

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2019. 'The role of belief in dying'. In: 41st Annual Conference Association for Death Education and Counselling. Altanta, GA, United States 9-13 April 2019.

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2016. 'Religion & belief in hospice social work: Religious dying & secular social work practice in hospice care'. In: Death, Dying and Social Work. University of Sussex, United Kingdom 6 September 2016.

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2016. 'Constructing end of life care: Is religion a problem or a solution?'. In: British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Conference 2016. Lancaster University, United Kingdom 12-14 July 2016.


Pentaris, Panagiotis and Rainbow Families, Greece. 2024. Οικογένειες με ΛΟΑΤΚΙ+ γονείς στην Ελλάδα Οι εμπειρίες των γονέων. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London/Οικογένειες Ουράνιο Τόξο, London.

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2023. Οικογένειες με ΛΟΑΤΚΙ+ γονείς: Σύντομη Αναφορά Κοινωνικής Πολιτικής. Other. Goldsmiths, University of London/Οικογένειες Ουράνιο Τόξο.

Pentaris, Panagiotis; Evans, David; Hockham, David; Yau, Carmen; Dudley, Alan; Matthews, Kasandra and Hassan, Rania. 2022. LGBT+ Culture in Higher Education. Project Report. University of Greenwich, London.


Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2016. Religious Literacy in End of Life Care: Challenges and Controversies. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Director of Research and Research Studies - MA Social Work Convenor

I am available to accept PhD students interested in death studies, (non)religion, disaster and comparative social work, or social justice issues.