The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Neil Jenkings

Senior Research Associate


Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Research Associate, School of Geography Politics and Sociology: as medical sociologist  at Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre project EUCAN-Connect (a European funded genomics research project); and as a sociologist of military culture as a Co-I on 'Fylingdales inside-out' (a AHRC funded project).

Co-Editor of the Routledge book series Directions in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis 


BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Social Research, University of Northumbria.

Diploma of the Market Research Society

MA Sociology Of Contemporary Society, University of York. 

MSc Research Methods, University of Surrey.

PhD in Sociology, University of Nottingham.

Previous Positions

DAAD, Scholarship, Alfred Schutz Memorial Archive, University of Konstanz, Germany. 

Post-Doc Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy, University College London

Senior Research Associate, Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics (SCHIN) Newcastle University

Senior Research Associate, GPS, Newcastle University.

Senior Research Associate, Institute for Health and Society, Newcastle University.

Senior Research Associate, GPS, Newcastle University.

Research Consultant, Dept. of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Leicester. 


American Sociological Association

British Sociological Association

International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis 

International Sociological Association.


Not currently teaching as full-time research.


Major Recent Funded Projects

AHRC (2020-2023) As Co-Investigator on "Fylingdales Inside-Out'. Project with Prof. Rachel Woodward, Dr. Michael Mulvihill and Ms. Chloe Barker.

ESRC (2014-17) As Co-Investigator on 'Keeping enough in reserve: the employment of hybrid citizen-soldiers and the Future Reserves 2020 programme. Project with Prof. Rachel Woodward, Prof. Tim Edmunds, and Dr. Paul Higate.

ESRC (2012-14) As Co-investigator on 'The Value of the University Armed Service Units'. Project with Dr Alison William and Prof. Rachel Woodward.

ESRC (2009-11) As Co-Investigator on 'The Social Production of the Contemporary British Military Memoir'. Project with Prof. Rachel Woodward.

ESRC (2006-07) As Research Associate on 'Negotiating identity and Representation in the Mediated Armed Forces'. With Dr Trish Winter (University of Sunderland) and Professor Rachel Woodward (Newcastle University).

Research Interests

Military, culture and society: including military work, military identity and its representations, regulars and reservists service issues; Veterans and access to information services; representation in photography and print media; contemporary military memoirs; practices of memorialisation and memory; and University Armed Service Units.

Medical, health and social care informatics; Medical and Health Services work practices, decision-making and information provision; and Biobanking.

Interaction and collaborative work in rock climbing.

Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis. 

Current Work

Organisation development and of genomic, medical, and health care record systems.

Armed Forces and Society, Military Reservists, Militarism and Popular Culture, Memoirs and other Representations of the Military.

Ethnomethodology of Rock Climbing. Respecification of Beauty.

Future Research

On-going studies in Military, Culture and Society; Health and Social Care Informatics; Genomic Data and Biobanking; Rock Climbing, and Military Art and Aesthetics.