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Neil Thin

Neil Thin
Name
Dr Neil Thin
Title
Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology; Deputy Director of the Undergraduate School (Progression and Student Experience)
Address
5.27 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Telephone
+44 (0)131 650 3880
Email
Research Interests
Happiness, wellbeing and the good life, social planning, appreciative (positive) research and planning
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_anthropology/thin_neil

Office Hours During Semester

Tues 9.00-11.00 and Friday 9.00-11.00

Research Interests

  • happiness, wellbeing 
  • poverty and education
  • social quality, social progress
  • policy and planning
  • civil society

PhD Supervision

Interested in supervising students in areas related to: Social planning; happiness; well-being

Biographical Statement

Neil Thin specialises in appreciative social planning, i.e. engaging multidisciplinary happiness and wellbeing scholarship in public policy and practice. To this end, he is currently (2015) a part-time Parliamentary Fellow in the Scottish Parliament. He also has over 20 years of practical and policy experience working towards the reduction of poverty and promotion of justice and wellbeing in poorer countries, working at all levels from grassroots to governmental and international official agencies.

He has frequently served as a social development adviser and trainer for international development agencies such as the UK Department for International Development, UN Agencies, the World Bank, and international NGOs.

For over 10 years he served as a Director/Trustee of Practical Action [formerly Intermediate Technology Development Group] and latterly also as Chair of Practical Action Publications (formerly ITDG Publications, now incorporating Oxfam Publications). He was also a Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Forests, Adviser to the Scottish Executive International Development Programme, and to NIDOS, BOND, and the UK National Lottery Charities Board's International Grants Programme, and the Diana Princes of Wales Fund.

Selected Publications

2015 ‘Happiness: An interactionist perspective.’  International Journal of Wellbeing, 5(1), 1-18 [with Ahuvia, A., Haybron, D. M., Biswas-Diener, R., Ricard, M., & Timsit, J.]

2014 ‘Positive social planning.’ In A.P.Linley and S.Joseph [eds] (2004/2014) Positive Psychology in Practice.  2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

2014 ‘Positive sociology and appreciative empathy: history and prospects.’ Sociological Research Online www.socresonline.org.uk/19/2/5.html

2014 ‘Anthropology’  and 'Ethnocentrism' In A.Michalos [ed], Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Dordrecht: Springer http://referencelive.springer.com.qure

2013 ‘On the primary importance of secondary research.’  ch.3 In N.Konopinksi [ed], Doing Anthropological Research. London: Routledge http://www.routledge.com/catalogs/anthropology/1/3/

2012 Social Happiness: Research into Policy and Practice. Bristol: Policy Press  http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847429193

2012 ‘Multidimensional concepts of poverty: beyond money, beyond measurement, beyond minimalism’ forthcoming UNESCO/International Association of Universities Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.

2011 ‘“No-one is unmusical”. Elizabeth, everyday cheermongery, and active musical citizenship.’ International Journal of Wellbeing  ‘Fecilitators Symposium’, Special Issue ed. John Helliwell www.internationaljournalofwellbeing.org/index.php/ijow/issue/view/4

2011 ‘Socially responsible cheermongery: on the sociocultural contexts and levels of social happiness policies.’ In Robert Biswas-Diener (Ed.), Positive Psychology as a Mechanism for Social Change. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 33-49

2009, ‘Schoolchildren's wellbeing and life prospects: Justifying the universal tax on childhood’ University of Bath Well-being in Developing Countries Working Paper 09/46 http://www.bath.ac.uk/econ-dev/wellbeing/wedworkingpapers.htm

2009, ‘“Autres aptitudes et habitudes diverses”: éducation sentimentale et disposition au bonheur’.[‘“Any other capabilities and habits”: sentimental education and the capability for happiness.’] In Salomé Berthon et al (eds), Ethnologie des Gens Heureux. Cahiers d'Ethnologie de la France, pp. 139-148

2008, ‘Good feelings and good lives: why anthropology can ill afford to ignore well-being’ in Mathews, G. and C. Izquierdo, Pursuits of Happiness: Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective. Berghahn, pp. 23-44

 

2008,  ‘“Realising the substance of their happiness”: how anthropology forgot about Homo Gauisus.’ in A.Corsin Jimenez [ed], Culture and the Politics of Freedom: the Anthropology of Well-being. London: Pluto Press, pp. 134-155

2007, 'Schooling for Joy? Why International Development Partners Should Search for Happiness in the Processes and Outcomes of Education.' Paper presented to the Wellbeing in International Development conference, University of Bath, June 28-30, 2007. [Session: "Wellbeing and Development Policy and Practice"] 

2006, Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations, Better Forestry, Less Poverty: A Practitioner's Guide   Rome: FAO Forestry Paper 149 ISBN 92-5-105550-5 

2005, ‘Happiness and the sad topics of anthropology’ University of Bath: Wellbeing in Developing Countries Working Paper No.10http://www.welldev.org.uk/research/workingpaperpdf/wed10.pdf

2002, Social Progress and Sustainable Development. London: ITDG Publications 

2001, Branching Out: Joint Forest Management in India. Delhi: OUP (co-authored with Nandini Sundar and Roger Jeffery)

 

 

 

Topics interested in supervising

happiness, wellbeing, flourishing, good life sustainable development social planning appreciative research appreciative planning

If you are interested in being supervised by Neil Thin, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in Social Policy; PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Social Anthropology; MSc (R) Social Policy; MSc (R) Sociology and Anthropology of Health and Illness; MSc (R) Socio-Cultural Studies