Nick Jenkins

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Social aspects of dementia

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Area of academic expertise - outline

I am a sociologist of health & illness.  Since 2012, my research has focused on exploring social and cultural aspects of dementia.

I began my research career in 2001, as a Research Intern for Barnarod's Policy, Research & Influencing Unit (PRIU) before completing my doctorate at Cardiff University and then working at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling, prior to taking up a Senior Lectureship at UWS in 2015.

My current research explores multispecies and posthumanist approaches to dementia.  For more information please visit our project website:(

Outside of UWS

I have served as a co-opted member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group and worked with Dementia Alliance International.  I have served 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 a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current research activities

  • (PI) Jenkins N Dementia: Towards a Multi-Species Perspective.  Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Humanities & Social Science.  £30,000. October 2019-September 2020. With Dr Louise Ritchie & Dr Anna Jack-Waugh.
  • (PI) Jenkins N, Cisco J, Young B, Dewar B. Together in dementia everyday: a mixed methods evaluation.  £84,914.68.  Life Story Network CiC. January 2019-April 2021


Desired research direction

Research into ethnozoology, multispecies and human-animal relations

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 currently offer consultancy and training services in the following areas.  Programmes are flexible, so please contact me ( to discuss your training and/or consultancy needs.

  • Using Vignettes in Qualitative Social Research: Theory, Method & Practice
  • Developing a Participatory 'Theory of Change' for Your Organisation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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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