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Ms N. (Natashe) Lemos Dekker

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
Photographer: Lemos Dekker

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
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  • Research

    Thesis working title: Dementia and the politics of care at the end of life

    Natashe Lemos Dekker is a PhD candidate at the medical anthropology department at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on social processes and the management of death and dying with dementia. She scrutinizes the notion of social death and critically assesses the politics of death and dying by questioning normative conditions for the production of lives worth living.

    Through ethnographic fieldwork in nursing homes in the Netherlands, she addresses how notions of a good death relate to end of life decision making and the provision of long term care for people with dementia. In doing so she explores anticipation of the end of life and experiences of grief and loss. Within this research project, and specific to the Dutch context, she addresses the challenges and motivations for euthanasia in the case of dementia, and implementations of the palliative care tool Zorgpad Stervensfase (a Dutch version of the Liverpool Care Pathway) in a nursing home setting.

    Previously, she has conducted field research in Buenos Aires, Argentina on bereavement and political action among women who have lost family members during the dictatorship.

    She holds an MA in gender and ethnicity studies and an MA in cultural anthropology, both from Utrecht University.

    KEY WORDS: Death and Dying, Dementia, Ageing, Grief, Social Death, Palliative Care, Normativity, Anticipation and Euthanasia



  • Publications

    2012 Review on: Weathering the World: Recovery in the Wake of the Tsunami in a Tamil Fishing Village. Frida Hastrup. Berghahn Books, 2011. In Anthropology in Action Vol. 19 (3), p. 67-8.

    2012 Review on: The Women’s suffrage Movement and Feminism in Argentina from Roca to Perón. Gregory Hammond. University of New Mexico Press, 2011. In Women's Studies International Forum 35, p. 123.

    Master Gender and Ethnicity. Utrecht University.
    Thesis: A politics of bereavement: Women's narratives of continuing bonds in a post dictatorial Argentine society.

  • Extracurricular activities
    • Coordinator of the Medical Anthropology Young Scholars association (MAYS)
    • Treasurer and Board member of the Dutch Feminist Anthropology Association (LOVA)


  • Publications


    • Leibing, A., & Lemos Dekker, N. (2019). Fallacies of care – A short introduction. Journal of Aging Studies, 51, [100795]. [details]
    • Lemos Dekker, N. (2019). Competing goods and fallacies of care: Moral deliberations at the end of life in the nursing home. Journal of Aging Studies, 51, [100798]. [details]
    • Lemos Dekker, N. (2019). Standing at the doorstep: Affective Encounters in Research on Death and Dying. In T. Stodulka, S. Dinkelaker, & F. Thajib (Eds.), Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography (pp. 201-211). (Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences). Cham: Springer. [details]
    • Perfect, D., Griffiths, A. W., Vasconcelos da Silva, M., Lemos Dekker, N., McDermid, J., & Surr, C. A. (2019). Collecting self-report research data with people with dementia within care home clinical trials: Benefits, challenges and best practice. Dementia.



    • van der Steen, J. T., Lemos Dekker, N., Gijsberts, M-JHE., Vermeulen, L. H., Mahler, M. M., & The, BA-M. (2017). Palliative care for people with dementia in the terminal phase: a mixed-methods qualitative study to inform service development. BMC Palliative Care, 16(28), 1-14. [details]


    • Driessen, A., Vermeulen, L., Hoppe, S., Lemos Dekker, N., van den Buuse, S., & Smit, M. (2015). Meer oog voor zorg: Ambiguïteiten en kwetsbaarheden in de participatie in zorg voor mensen met dementia. Podium voor Bio-ethiek, 22(2), 14-16. [details]



    • Lemos Dekker, N. (2017). Goed sterven met dementie: Palliatieve zorg in het verpleeghuis. In A-M. The, J. Pols, & R. Pool (Eds.), Goed leven met dementie: Dialoog tussen wetenschap en praktijk (pp. 49-53). Amsterdam: Ben Sajet Centrum. [details]
    • Vermeulen, L., Driessen, A., Lemos Dekker, N., Roding, E., Hoppe, S., van den Buuse, S., ... Pols, J. (2017). Goed leven met dementie, hoe doen we dat? In A-M. The, J. Pols, & R. Pool (Eds.), Goed leven met dementie: Dialoog tussen wetenschap en praktijk (pp. 14-19). Amsterdam: Ben Sajet Centrum. [details]


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