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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 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • Dementia
  • Health
  • Gerontology

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 17 Article
  • 3 Paper
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 2 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
46 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
pilot project
3 Downloads (Pure)

Qualitative research with people who have a diagnosis of dementia

Jenkins, N., 9 Sep 2019, SAGE research methods foundations. SAGE Publications

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

qualitative research
research process
109 Downloads (Pure)

The effects of interacting with fish in aquariums on human health and well-being: a systematic review

Clements, H., Valentin, S., Jenkins, N., Rankin, J., Baker, J. S., Gee, N., Snellgrove, D. & Sloman, K., 29 Jul 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 7, 36 p., e0220524.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
aquarium fish
systematic review
human health
2 Downloads (Pure)


Jenkins, N. & Noone, S., 9 Sep 2019, SAGE Research Methods. SAGE Publications

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

Open Access
methodological studies


(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



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