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.
The development of a creative work rehabilitation organisation
Leach J. et al, (2023), History of psychiatry, 34, 48 - 63
Innovation in mental health care: Bertram Mandelbrote, the Phoenix Unit and the therapeutic community approach.
Millard D. et al, (2022), Hist Psychiatry
Silver linings: how mental health activists can help us navigate wicked problems.
Armstrong N. and Pratt-Boyden K., (2021), BJPsych Bull, 45, 227 - 230
“I was at the right place at the right time“: The neglected role of happenstance in the lives of people and institutions
Armstrong N. and Agulnik P., (2020), HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 10, 890 - 905
What leads to innovation in mental healthcare? Reflections on clinical expertise in a bureaucratic age.
Armstrong N., (2018), BJPsych Bull, 42, 184 - 187