Nick Jenkins

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Multi-Species Dementia Studies


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I was trained in the phenomenology of health & illness at the University of Wales, Cardiff, where I completed my doctorate in 2006. Since 2012, my work has focused largely on dementia.

Over the past ten years, I have become increasingly inspired by post-structuralist, post-humanist, multi-species and post-qualitative approaches, and how these may enable us to think differently about dementia.

Alongside my colleagues, Dr Anna Jack-Waugh and Dr Louise Ritchie, I convene the Multi-Species Dementia International Research Network (  Established in 2019, with funding from the Wellcome Trust, the network consists of over 80 academics from across academic disciplines, continents and career stages, who are interested in developing more-than-human approaches to dementia.  The network is currently funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and is exploring the use of virtual reality to develop the field of multi-species dementia research, practice and scholarship.

Connected to the MSD Network, I am lead editor for a book soon to published by Bristol University Policy Press (in 2023) entitled: Multi-Species Dementia Studies: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach.  

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. as an Associate Editorial Board for Sociological Research Online. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current research activities

  • (PI) Jenkins N. Developing and Consilidating the Multi-Species Dementia International Research Network.  Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network Grant. £20,000.

Desired research direction

multi-species dementia studies

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Target collaborative organisations

Canine Concern Scotland (Therapet Programme)

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I love teaching-learning about social science research methods, and I have a particular interest in the use of vignettes within qualitative and post-qualitative inquiry.  I am willing to offer course design, consultancy and one-off workshops in several aspects of social research, including research design, data collection and data analysis.  To discuss your requirements, please email:

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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