Dr Hazel Marzetti

Research Associate


I am an interdisciplinary, qualitative health researcher working on the topic of suicide and suicide prevention, with specialist expertise in LGBTQ+ suicide. My work is situated at the intersection of medical sociology, psychology, and critical public health, with substantial experience researching sensitive subjects with marginalised communities. I enjoy using a range of qualitative research methods: my doctoral research  used qualitative interviews to explore LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences of suicidal thoughts and attempts in Scotland (2017-2020). Whilst most recently I have been working with creative methods including visual arts and poetic inquiry as part of my post-doctoral work on the Suicide in/as Politics project, in collaboration with the University of Lincoln, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2020-2024). Following on from my current post-doctoral role I have been awarded a Welcome Trust Early Career Award, the Rain within the Rainbow, which I will take up in 2024. This is a 5 year project using a life course approach to better understand LGBTQ+ suicide and suicide prevention across the UK.  

I am passionate about translating academic research for the wider public and keep a personal blog, whilst also contributing to practitioner, policy-maker and public audience through sites such as the Mental Elf, the Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Health network, and the Manchester Self-harm Project’s Virtual Clinic; as well as appearing on a range of podcasts.

Responsibilities & affiliations

I am one of the Early Career Representatives on the British Sociological Association's Medical Sociology Committee. I am also on the committee of the International Network of Early Career Researchers in Suicide and Self-harm (NetECR) where I co-lead the peer support and reflective practice group NetECR Collective Care. 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am open to enquiries from students interested in researching LGBTQ+ health inequalities, with a particular focus on mental health and suicide. I  particularly welcome enquiries from students hoping to use critical, qualitative and creative approaches. My work is explicitly interdisciplinary but I am interested in working with students with from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including but not limited to psychology, sociology and public health. 

Current PhD students supervised

Catalina Martin, Health in Social Science/Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health, Meanings of 'home' among LGBTQ Young People

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