Portrait of Professor Nigel King Professor Nigel King

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Nigel joined the University in 1992, and was promoted to Professor in Applied Psychology in 2007. He is currently Acting Dean of the Graduate School, on secondment for the academic year 206/17 from his role as Associate Dean for Research, School of Human and Health Sciences. Until August 2016 he was Centre Director for the Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research.

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. 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 and Scholarship

Nigel has a long-standing interest in applied qualitative research methods. In particular he is internationally known for his work on the Template Analysis style of thematic analysis – his book (with Dr Jo Brooks) “Template Analysis for Business and Management Students” is due for publication in late 2016. He has a website devoted to the technique here: http://www.hud.ac.uk/hhs/research/template-analysis/

He is also the co-author of “Interviews in Qualitative Research” (with Prof Christine Horrocks; second edition due in 2017), and co-editor (with Dr Jo Brooks) of “Applied Qualitative Psychology” (due for publication 2017). Nigel also has a particular interest in the use of visual methods in qualitative research, especially the Pictor technique which he has developed with current and former Huddersfield colleagues. While he uses a variety of methodological approaches, he is especially interested in phenomenology and Personal Construct Psychology.

Over the last decade, Nigel has led several projects for Macmillan Cancer Support, looking at out-of-hours services, collaborative working between professionals, and patient/carer experiences of services. He also has an interest in the relationship between engagement with nature and the natural environment and well-being; he has led projects on the experience of allotment gardening and the evaluation of a local scheme to help people with emotional problems through contact with nature.


Editorial advisory board member for Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management (current)

Member of Marie Curie Design to Care Programme Advisory Board, ongoing from June 2016

Visiting Scholar, Centre for Health Education Scholarship, University of British Colimbia; September 2014, September/October 2015

British Psychological Society (BPS), Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, Committee Member, 2012-2015

Chair of conference committee, BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, University of Huddersfield, 2013

Keynote presentations at: Qualitative Methods in Action day conference, Birkbeck, 2016; BPS Qualitative Methods Section conference, University of Huddersfield, 2013; 1st Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research, Ewha University, Seoul, South Korea.

External examiner for PhD on 20 occasions, including four international

Visiting Fellow, Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria (2012 onwards)

Regular Guest Lecturer in qualitative methods: Universities of Sheffield and Leicester, Clinical Psychology doctorates; Calderdale and Kirklees NHS Trust “Research in Health and Social Care” course.

Faculty Member, Masterclass in Advanced Qualitative Methods, University of Maastricht, 2013-2015.

Member of Macmillan Cancer and Palliative Care Collaborative (MacPACC), 2007-2014.

Research Degree Supervision


  • Professional identities and interprofessional relations in community palliative care
  • The psychological and social impact of "green exercise" (in particular gardening)
  • Patient and carer experiences of living with serious illness
  • Creative practice and the development of creative identities
  • The experience of "paranormal" phenomena

Past and Current

Supervised five PhD candidates to successful completion – four as Director of Studies and one as Second Supervisor. Currently Supervising nine PhD (or MPhil/PhD) candidates as Director if Studies, four PhD candidates as Second Supervisor, and one EdD candidate as Second Supervisor.

PhD examining

External examiner at Birkbeck College, University of Sheffield (three times), the Open University, University College Dublin, University of Melbourne, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Hertfordshire. Seven times internal examiner at Huddersfield University.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Professor Nigel King

Administrative Responsibilities

Acting Dean of the Graduate School

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader:

Qualitative Data Capture (distance learning), M.Sc. Social Research and Evaluation (SRE) (online)

Contribution to:

  • Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis, M.Sc. SRE
  • Health and Wellbeing (year 3 Psychology)
  • States of Consciousness (year 3 Psychology)
  • Final Year Project (Psychology)
  • Psychology of Health (year 2 Psychology)
  • Psychological Research and Data Analysis (year 2 Psychology)
  • Perspectives in Psychology (year 1 Psychology)

Longstanding contributions to Researcher Development programme in the area of qualitative research methods.

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