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Nick Jenkins

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Social aspects of dementia

20082020

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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 the impact that participation in advocacy-based education and peer support has on the self-identity, self-efficacy and social connectedness of unpaid carers of people who live with a diagnosis of dementia (funded by Life Story Network)

I am also exploring the development of multi-species approaches to dementia (funded by Wellcome Trust).  For more information please visit our project website:(www.multispeciesdementia.wordpress.com)

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

I am keen to work with researchers and practitioners from a range of backgrounds who are interested in human-animal relations in dementia.  Please visit our website for further details of this project - www.multispeciesdementia.wordpress.com

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 (nick.jenkins@uws.ac.uk) 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

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 → …

Keywords

  • HM Sociology
  • Dementia
  • Health
  • Gerontology

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