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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
  • The application of social theory and analysis to health (especially mental health) 

For the last decade, Nick's work has focussed on the development of the Nottingham multi-disciplinary Institute of Mental Health, particularly its Centre for Social Futures, and the King's ESRC Research Centre for Society and Mental Health. 

Further details

See Nick's research profile