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Nigel joined the University in 1992, and was promoted to Professor in Applied Psychology in 2007. He is currently Dean of the Graduate School. Until August 2016 he was Centre Director for the Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Human and Health Sciences.

Prior to joining the University of Huddersfield, Nigel completed a PhD in Organisational Psychology at the University of Sheffield (awared 1990) and worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Primary Care Research, University of Manchester, from 1990 to 1992.

Nigel is well-known for his work in developing methods for applied qualitative research, especialy the Template Analysis style of thematic analysis, and the use of visual elicitation methods. His substantive interests include inter-professional collaboration in health and social care, nature and well-being and patient and carer experiences of chronic and life-limiting illness.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Applied qualitative research methods 
  • Template analysis style of thematic analysis 
  • Visual methods in qualitative research
  • Pictor technique
  • Phenomenology 
  • Personal Construct Psychology
  • Relationship between engagement with nature and the natural environment and well-being 

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Professional Identities
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Community Palliative Care
  • Psychological Impact of "Green Exercise"
  • Social Impact of "Green Exercise"
  • Gardening
  • Patient Experience of Serious Illness
  • Carer Experience of Serious Illness
  • Creative Practice
  • Creative Identities
  • "Paranormal" Phenomena

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Research Output 2013 2018

Experience of Touch in Health Care: A Meta-Ethnography Across the Health Care Professions

Kelly, M. A., Nixon, L., McClurg, C., Scherpbier, A., King, N. & Dornan, T., 1 Jan 2018, In : Qualitative Health Research. 28, 2, p. 200-212 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cultural Anthropology
Health Occupations
Delivery of Health Care

How can tomorrow’s doctors be more caring? Phenomenological investigation

Gillespie, H., Kelly, M., Gormley, G., King, N., Gilliland, A. & Dornan, T., Oct 2018, In : Medical Education. 52, 10, p. 1052-1063 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

managed care
qualitative research

Meaning and components of quality of life among individuals with spinal cord injury in Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia

Ferdiana, A., Post, M. W. M., King, N., Bültmann, U. & Van Der Klink, J. J. L., 2018, In : Disability and Rehabilitation. 40, 10, p. 1183-1191 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Spinal Cord Injuries
Quality of Life
Social Support
Animal Assisted Therapy
Criminal Law
Home Care Services
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Activities 2014 2018

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk

The Personal Meaning of Outdoor Spaces: Using Grids to Qualitatively Explore Constructions of the Environment

Viv Burr (Speaker), Nigel King (Speaker)
8 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Directed Study Time or My Time: Student Nurses' Experience of Directed Study Time in an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum

Caroline Barker (Speaker), Nigel King (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Michael Snowden (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Karen Ousey (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
10 Mar 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Undertaking Qualitative Research Into End of Life Care in the Home Environment

Joanna Brooks (Speaker), Nigel King (Speaker), A. Bravington (Speaker), Beth Hardy (Speaker), J. Melvin (Speaker)
2 Sep 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Using an Asset-Based Approach to Explore the Benefits of Involvement in Community-Centered Initiatives

Joanna Brooks (Speaker), Alison Rodriguez (Speaker), Barry Percy-Smith (Speaker), Nigel King (Speaker), A. Bravington (Speaker)
2 Sep 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Caring from Home to Hospice

Nigel King (Speaker)
28 Mar 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk