BA (hons), MA, MSt, DPhil
Neil is a social and medical anthropologist working on mental healthcare. His research investigates the frontier between the anthropology of bureaucracy, institutions, ethics, and personal change. He is currently conducting fieldwork on two projects: an investigation of personal transformation in addiction and a study of conflicts between bureaucratic working and relational practice in therapeutic communities.
He is Lecturer in Anthropology, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he teaches undergraduates taking degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology and Human Sciences. He gives university lectures in the anthropology of religion and teaches graduate classes for the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford.
He is co-investigator on SMaRteN a national research network funded by UK Research and Innovation, led by King's College London, focusing on Student Mental Health in Higher Education. The network brings together researchers with a range of expertise and key stakeholders across the Higher Education sector, with the collective aim of improving our understanding of student mental health.
He is an Associate Editor, BJ Psychiatric Bulletin and a member, NHS Clinical Ethics Advisory Group, Oxford.
Is it Still Ok to be Ok? Mental Health Labels as a Campus Technology
Armstrong N. et al, (2023), Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry
The development of a creative work rehabilitation organisation
Leach J. et al, (2023), History of psychiatry, 34, 48 - 63
The processes and context of innovation in mental healthcare: Oxfordshire as a case study
Hall J. et al, (2022), History of Psychiatry, 0957154X2211407 - 0957154X2211407
Happenstance and regulatory culture: the evolution of innovative community mental health services in Oxfordshire in the late twentieth century
Armstrong N. and Agulnik P., (2022), History of Psychiatry, 0957154X2211367 - 0957154X2211367
Innovation in mental health care: Bertram Mandelbrote, the Phoenix Unit and the therapeutic community approach.
Millard D. et al, (2022), Hist Psychiatry