Dr Jennifer Lea
Lecturer in Human Geography


Office hours (term 1, 2018-19) - please note my office has moved and I am now in C419

Week 1 Mon 10-11 Tues 12-1
Week 2 Tues 10-11 Tues 12-1
Week 3 Thurs 10-11 Thurs 12-1
Week 4 Mon 10-11 Fri 12-1
Week 5 Mon 10-11 cancelled due to illness
Week 6 No office hours No office hours
Week 7 Thurs 10-11 Thurs 12-1
Week 8 Thurs 10-11 Thurs 12-1
Week 9 Tues 12-1 Thurs 12-1
Week 10 Tues 12-1 Thurs 12-1
Week 11 Tues 12-1 Thurs 12-1
Week 12 Thurs 10-11 Fri 12-1


I am most interested in geographies of the body and embodiment. There are three main strands to my research. The first of these is in geographies of spirituality and wellbeing. An AHRC small grant allowed me to explore how wellbeing practices such as yoga and mindfulness meditation are situated in contemporary urban lives. This project emerged out of themes explored in my PhD research, which explored health, care and embodied learning through practices such as therapeutic massage and yoga. The second is my interest in geographies of education, which emerges from an ESRC project which looked at the relationship between disability and social relationships. From this I developed particular interests in the kinds of techniques and interventions being used in schools in the areas of emotional and social health and wellbeing (e.g. SEAL, restorative justice). The third is a developing interest in perinatal mental health and the geographies of recovery.

Broad research specialisms:

  • wellbeing and health
  • embodied practices
  • experience
  • geographies of inclusion and exclusion
  • children’s geographies
  • post-structural philosophies
  • ethnography and qualitative research.

Please see https://exeter.academia.edu/JenniferLea for details of my publications



PhD University of Bristol (2006)
MSc University of Bristol (2002)
BSc University of Bristol (2001)


Prior to my post at Exeter I worked as a research assistant at Loughborough University, and had teaching posts at Lancaster and Glasgow Universities. I was very lucky to get an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Glasgow, which was supervised by Chris Philo.

2009 - 2013 Researcher – ‘Embodied social capital and (dis)ability: connecting macro- and micro- scales of inclusion and exclusion’, Department of Geography, Loughborough University, University of Reading.

2008 - 2009 Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.

2007 – 2008 Teaching Assistant, Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.

2006 – 2007 ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.

Contact details

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University of Exeter
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