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Zivarna is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate currently working on the Consent study funded by NHS Blood and Transplant which aims to understand and evaluate the experiences and processes around informed consent for interventional donor research in the SIGNET Trial, from the perspective of donor relatives and Specialist Nurses in organ donation.
Previously Zivarna worked as a Research Associate at the Hull York Medical School on two studies funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research; the PEOPLE-Hull study aimed to improve help-seeking for lung symptoms in Hull and the PRIORITY study aimed to capture the experiences of cancer diagnostic pathways and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zivarna completed her PhD in Human Sciences at Hull York Medical School. She explored body donation for medical education with a focus on identifying good practice in the interactions between Medical School Anatomy Unit staff and families. Zivarna also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training (PGCert).
Zivarna originally took an integrated Masters degree (MAnth) in Biological Anthropology at Durham University gaining a 1st Class Honours and Durham University Academic Achievement Prize 2015 for the highest graduating mark in her discipline. Her previous research projects explored the revealing and concealing of human remains to the public within museum exhibitions and archaeological sites, and professional perspectives to the viewing and display of human remains within museums.
Zivarna is an anthropologist who uses qualitative methodologies, in particular multi-method and ethnographic approaches in her research. Her approaches include interviews, focus groups, ethnography, surveys, participant and non-participant observations and document analysis. She has strong interests in public and community engagement; outreach and widening participation; qualitative research methodologies and analysis; organ/tissue donation and transplantation; body donation for medical/health education/science; the display of human remains in museums; hidden work; developing best practice; early diagnosis of cancer; patient and/or carer experience; health inequalities; and public health.
- PhD in Human Sciences, Hull York Medical School, United Kingdom, 2015 – 2019
- MAnth (Master in Anthropology), Durham University, United Kingdom, 2011 – 2015
- MAnth (Master in Anthropology), Durham University, United Kingdom
- PhD in Human Sciences, Hull York Medical School, United Kingdom
- PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training), Hull York Medical School, United Kingdom
- PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training), Hull York Medical School, Hull, United Kingdom, 2015 – 2019
- Honorary Research Fellow, Hull York Medical School, 2021 – present
- Post-Doctoral Research Associate, City, University of London, 2021 – present
- Research Associate, Hull York Medical School, 2020 – 2021
Publications by category
- Murphy, Z. After body donation for medical education: identifying good practice in the interactions between medical school anatomy unit staff and families after donor death. (PhD Thesis)
- Murphy, Z. (2018). The law and the dead.
- Murphy, Z. (2017). Death in a consumer culture.