Dr Georgia Smith

Department: Sociology
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Research Centre/Unit: SWDTC, ESRC

Project Summary

My ESRC-funded interdiscplinary PhD research explored the experiences of older adults using prescribed sleeping medication, paying particular attention to discourses surrounding dependence and addiction. Placing the night 'centre stage', I argue that the consumption of sleeping tablets can be conceptualised as 'emotional management.' Via use, older individuals elude the emotional, physical and psychic threats of night-time. 

Supervisory Team

Dr. Hannah Farrimond of the University of Exeter: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/staff/farrimond/

Dr. Liz Lloyd of the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/people/liz-e-lloyd/