Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico


Nick Manning is Professor of Sociology at King’s. He joined in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, where he was Professor of Social Policy and Sociology (1995-2014).

He founded and directed the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham (2006-2014). The Institute is a major centre of international multidisciplinary research, service innovation and teaching, with links to China, Japan, Europe and the US.

Author of 150+ publications, including 30 books, Nick’s research has been into the sociology of health and illness (especially mental health), global social change (including Russia and Eastern Europe, and China), and the application of social theory to the real world.

He has also published widely on the sociology of therapeutic communities, social change in Russia and Eastern Europe, the social construction of social problems, social and green movements, and mental health diagnoses and policies. 


  • The social and health consequences of large scale social change, particularly urbanisation in China
  • The application of social theory and analysis to health (especially mental health)
  • The micro-social worlds of dementia care

For the last decade, Nick's work has focussed on the development of the biggest multi-disciplinary Institute of Mental Health in the UK, particularly its Centre for Social Futures, and the launch of a new International Centre for Mental Health in Shanghai. 

Further details

See Nick's research profile