First Name: Neil
Surname: Gibson
Position: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 01224 263212

Dr Neil Gibson is a senior lecturer and the course leader for BA (Hons) Social Work at Robert Gordon University.

Neil studied Communication at Napier University in the mid 90's and had a "varied" career path before entering the world of social work including working in a bank, working on a sheep farm, presenting a travel programme for Channel 4, driving backpacking tour buses, and managing a youth hostel.

Neil studied the PG Social Work course at Robert Gordon University in 2003. Whilst studying he worked in a children's home, and a residential home for people with learning disabilities. Upon qualifying, Neil went to work in the social work team based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he completed his MSc on carers needs. After two years he went to work for the Criminal Justice Addictions Team, then got a senior practitioners position within Aberdeenshire's Adult Protection Team, before taking up a senior position at Aberdeen City Council within their Adult Protection Unit. Neil joined the teaching team at RGU in 2011. Since qualifying he has also completed post graduate courses in Practice Teaching, Addictions and Adult Protection through RGU, Glasgow University and, St Andrews University, as well as a PhD. He is also a Senior Fellow/Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).


  • Care Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Criminal Justice
  • Addictions
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Residential Childcare
  • Adult Protection

Research Interests

Neil has researched the use of photography as a therapeutic tool within social work. His work has involved delivering the project to a wide range of service user groups, and he has developed a CPD course for professionals who are interested in using this approach in their service. He obtained his PhD in 2018 on this topic.


Gibson, N. (2018) Therapeutic Photography – Enhancing Self Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Resilience, JKP, London.

Gibson, N. (2017) Therapeutic Photography: enhancing patient communication, Journal of Kidney Care, Vol. 2, Issue 1.

Gibson A. & Gibson N. (2016) Human Growth, Behaviour and Development, Sage, London.

Chapter 4: The Place of Attachment Theory in Social Work with Children and Families by Jane Aldgate and Neil Gibson in Lishman J. (ed) (2015) Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care – Knowledge and Theory, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.

Chapter 21: Person-centred planning and personalisation by Neil Gibson in Lishman, J., Yuill, C., Brannan, J. & Gibson, A. (Eds.) (2014) Social Work – An Introduction, Sage, London.

Chapter 22: Narrative Therapy by Neil Gibson and Inga Heyman in Lishman, J., Yuill, C., Brannan, J. & Gibson, A. (Eds.) (2014) Social Work – An Introduction, Sage, London.

Chapter 3: Gender by Val Sheach-Leith, Michael Sutherland and Neil Gibson in Yuill, C & Gibson, A. (Eds.) (2011), Sociology for Social Work – An Introduction, Sage, London.