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Personal profile


Dr Jonathan Skinner is a Senior Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy with a particular teaching interest in interviewing skills and qualitative research methods. He has undertaken fieldwork in the Eastern Caribbean on the island of Montserrat (tourism and trauma, colonial relations and disaster recovery) and in the US/UK (social dancing, arts health, contested heritage). He previously lectured at the University of Abertay Dundee (1996-2003) and Queen's University Belfast (2003-2013). He is an experienced conference organiser and academic editor, keynote speaker, cruise ship lecturer and dance instructor. At Roehampton, he is Chair of the TECHNE (AHRC Doctoral Training Programme) Training Group (http://www.techne.ac.uk/), and Programme Convener for the MRes Anthropology of Health (http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/Anthropology-of-Health/).


He was awarded The Sociological Review Fellowship (1998/9), and has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Oxford (2002/3), California State University - Sacramento (2007, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2013). He has been Honorary Treasurer of the Association of Social Anthropologists (1999-2003), editor of the journal Anthropology in Action (2001-2007), and publications officer for the European Association of Social Anthropologists (2004-2008). He is currently an Adjunct Fellow of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies, University of St Andrews, co-edits the book series 'Movement and Performance Studies' for Berghahn Publishers with Professor Helena Wulff (University of Stockholm) and is advisor to the Northern Ireland arts health charity Arts Care.



Skinner, J. and A. Kaul (eds) (2018) Leisure and Death: Lively Encounters with Risk, Death, and Dying, Boulder, Co: University of Colorado Press. ISBN 978-1-60732-788-2 (Hardback)

Skinner, J. and L. Jolliffe (eds) (2017) Visiting Murals: Politics, Heritage and Identity, London: Routledge. ISBN 9781472461438 (Hardback)

Skinner, J., A. Wilford and P. Antick (2016) Terror on Tour - Special Issue, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 12(5), http://liminalities.net/12-5/. ISSN: 1557-2935 (Online)

Skinner, J. and D. Bryan (eds) (2015) Consuming St Patrick’s Day, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-7631-5 (Hardback)

Skinner, J. (Ed.) (2012) The Interview: An Ethnographic Approach, Oxford: Berg Publications. ISBN 9781847889409 (Paperback)

Skinner, J. (Ed.) (2012) Writing The Dark Side of Travel, Oxford: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-0-85745-341-9 (Paperback)

Skinner, J. and H. Neveu-Kringelbach (eds) (2012) Dancing Cultures: Globalization, Tourism and Identity in the Anthropology of Dance, Oxford: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-0-85745-575-8 (Hardback)

Skinner, J. and D. Theodossopoulos (eds) (2011) Great Expectations: Imagination, Anticipation, and Enchantment in Tourism, Oxford: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-0-85745-277-1 (Hardback)

Skinner, J. (2004) Before the Volcano: Reverberations of Identity on Montserrat, Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications. ISBN 976-189-21-5 (Paperback)



PhD - University of St. Andrews, 1997

MA - University of St. Andrews, 1993

Research interests

Ethnographic and Interview research methods, narrative, auto/biography, travel writing; (dark) tourism, (social) dance, (conflicted) heritage, (arts) health and ageing; Caribbean, US/UK, Northern Ireland

Research projects

2016-19  ‘Saving the sea turtles of Anguilla: combining community action with scientific evidence to drive legislative change’, Co-I, EU Commission: BEST 2.0 Medium Grants

2009-11  “Leading dance for older people - a community health network”, Co-PI with Dr Sylvia O’Sullivan, University of Limerick, Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland

2007-8  "MOTILITY 21: twenty-first century social engagement for the older citizen through social dance in NI", PI, Changing Ageing Partnership (CAP), Atlantic Philanthropies

2007-8  “Second Degree Dance: movement, meaning and learning”, PI, British Academy

2006  “Cultural Sounds and Conservation Texts: Soundscapes of a lost Montserrat (British West Indies)”, PI, Higher Education Academy, Education for Sustainable Development Project: www.qub.ac.uk/montserrat.

2006  Lecturers in Industry EU Proteus placement grant

2005-7  University Research Fellowship – PI, Queen's University Belfast

2002/3 Visiting Fellowship, Refugee Studies Centre (Queen Elizabeth House), University of Oxford

1998/9  The Sociological Review Fellowship, Keele University

1995  Sutasoma/Radcliffe-Brown Award

1994-8  Carnegie Trust Scholarship

Professional affiliations

- Royal Anthropological Institute [RAI] - Fellow

- Association of Social Anthropologists [ASA] - Member (former Treasurer 1999-2003)

- European Association of Social Anthropologists [EASA] - Member (former Publications Officer 2004-2008)

- American Anthropological Association [AAA] - Member

- International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) - Member

- Anthropology in Action - Member (former Editor 2001-2007)

- Higher Education Academy - Senior Fellow


Postgraduate supervision

PhD students who received their doctorate under my supervision

Dr Simon Crampton - (completed in 2014, Roehampton)The construct of Mental Toughness: The development and validation of a new conceptualisation and measure

Dr Bea Prentiss - (completed in 2013, QUB) Latin Oxford: Teaching, Learning and Role Reversal in the Dance Class

Dr Imtiaz Mahmud - (completed in 2010, QUB) Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh

Dr Lindsay Sprague - (completed in 2009, QUB) Living well around The Clinic: An Ethnography of Agency and Disclosure in the lives of those with HIV/AIDS


University of Roehampton PhD students currently supervised

Yu Chun Chen - Individuality, Identity and Embodiment: Careers to Becoming a Dancer

Rebecca Bathory - Dark Semiotics: The Capturing and Circulation of Dark Tourist Sites (TECHNE funded: http://www.rebeccabathoryblog.com/)

Jonathan Karkut - The emergence of the Geoparks network: a global model to sustain and popularise geological heritage

Eva Zoubek - Amateur Chicken Keeping in Modern Britain (AHRC funded: http://scicultchickens.org/)

Peter Smith - Pedigree Chicken Keeping, display and exhibition (AHRC funded: http://scicultchickens.org/)

Consultancy work


University of Huddersfield

Institute for Conflict Research (Belfast)

Overseas Development Institute (London)

Arts Care (Belfast)


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Research Output

Most humanistic, most scientific: experiencing anthropology in the humanities and life sciences

Skinner, J., 1 Jun 2020, Collaborations: Anthropology in a Neoliberal Age. Skinner, J., Murphy, F. & Heffernan, E. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 65-84 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Insight into Africa: Wildlife Tourism as Educational Transformation'

Marvin, G., Rooks, C., Ross, C. & Skinner, J., 2019, Positive Tourism in Africa. Mkono, M. (ed.). London: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, p. 91-98 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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"The Smoke of an Eruption and the Dust of an Earthquake": Dark Tourism, the Sublime, and the Re-animation of the Disaster Location

Skinner, J., 21 Feb 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies. London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 125-150 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


  • 4 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 3 Media article or participation
  • 1 Invited talk

Climate Resilience, Livelihood and the Festival of the Sea

Jonathan Skinner (Organiser)

15 Jun 2020

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Festival of the Sea - Sainte Luce conservation zone, Madagascar

Jonathan Skinner (Organiser)

Jun 2019

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

‘Tour guiding from an anthropological perspective’

Jonathan Skinner (Speaker)

May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Reflections on Home - Alton Estate

Jonathan Skinner (Organiser)

May 2019

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

Episode 03: Jonathan Skinner on Concerns regarding the body in fieldwork, analysis and writing

Jonathan Skinner (Organiser)

4 Dec 2018

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation


From egg to dead: small-scale chicken keeping in modem Britain

Author: Zoubek, E., 18 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Marvin, G. (Supervisor) & Skinner, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Policy Tectonics: Theory and Enactment Around the Model for UNESCO Global Geoparks

Author: Karkut, J., 16 Apr 2018

Supervisor: Skinner, J. (Supervisor) & Marvin, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The construct of mental toughness: The development and validation of a new conceptualisation and measure

Author: Crampton, S., 16 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Skinner, J. (Supervisor), Wadey, R. (External person) (Supervisor) & Marlow, C. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


‘Become and becoming a dancer’: an ethnography of the Taipei Dance Circle

Author: Chen , Y., 15 Jan 2020

Supervisor: Skinner, J. (Supervisor) & Davies, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis