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I am a sociologist by training, with a passion for exploring the connections between what C Wright Mills (1959) referred to as our private troubles and public issues.

I began my research career in 2001, as a Research Intern for Barnarod's Policy, Research & Influencing Unit (PRIU).  Since then, I have worked in universities and in charities researching a variety of issues relating to health, illness and wellbeing; including unintentional injury, type 2 diabetes, hereditary heart disease and dementia.

My current research activities centre around three overlapping themes:

  • Dementia, Power, Citizenship & Rights
  • Creative & Mixed-Methods Research Design
  • Critical Posthumanism

I have recently served as a co-opted member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group and as an Academic Editor for Public Library of Science (PLoS) One.

I am currently a member of the Associate Editorial Board for Sociological Research Online and I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I currenyly co-ordinate the Level 9 module Research & Inquiry 3, and contribute to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules within the School of Media, Culture & Society.

Current research activities


I am co-principal investigator on a NHS and UWS partnership-funded study exploring assets based community development (ABCD) approaches to promoting health and wellbeing in South Lanarkshire (with Dr Julie Clark).

In partnership with the Life Story Network, I am about to lead a multi-disciplinary team in evaluating the impact of tide (together in dementia everyday) in Scotland, funded by Life Changes Trust.


Desired research direction

Having recenttly contributed to research exploring the impact of the Dementia Dog pilot in Scotland, I am keen to explore future collaborations with organisations across the world, interested in human-animal companionship in dementia.

Target collaborative companies

Dogs for Good

Canine Concern Scotland

Pets as Therapy


Target collaborative organisations

Life Changes Trust

The DEEP Network

Dementia Alliance International

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I have recemtly completed accredited training in conducting Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis and I am keen to work with academic and non-academic partners in developing my expertise in this area.

External positions

Co-opted Member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group Executive Committee

1 Jan 2016 → …

Volunteer: Dementia Alliance International

1 Jan 2015 → …

Academic Editor: Public Library of Science (PLoS) One

1 Jul 2012 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • Dementia
  • Health
  • Gerontology

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Research Output 2008 2018

  • 15 Article
  • 3 Paper
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
methodological studies


Jenkins, N. & Noone, S., 2018, (Accepted/In press) SAGE Research Methods: An Encyclopedia . SAGE Publications

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Open Access
social justice
human being
Open Access
Interpersonal Relations
Research Personnel
social benefits


(Shortlisted) 2017 Sociology SAGE Prize for Innovation & Excellence

Nick Jenkins (Recipient), 1 Mar 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2018 2019

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

American Association of Geographers Annual International Conference

Julie Clark (Invited speaker), Nicholas Jenkins (Invited speaker), Sarah Noone (Invited speaker)
3 Apr 20197 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Spring into Methods: Participatory Action Research in the Field

David McGillivray (Organiser), Julie Clark (Speaker), Graham Jeffery (Speaker), Nicholas Jenkins (Speaker), Alison McCandlish (Speaker), Sarah Noone (Speaker), Colin Clark (Speaker), Elizabeth Gardiner (Speaker), Katarzyna Kosmala (Speaker), Lee Ivett (Speaker), Iain McGillivray (Speaker), Krisztina Lakoi (Invited speaker)
25 Apr 201827 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course



deliberative democracy
social reality
community development
economic change