Professor Jo Little
Professor in Gender and Geography


Research interests

Jo is and a member of the Nature, Society, and Rurality Research Group. Her main research and teaching interests are in rural communities and social identities and in gender and geography. She has been involved in research on women and the rural labour market for a number of years, looking at the constraints that impact on women’s access to employment in the countryside and the relationship between the cultural construction of rurality and women’s involvement in paid work. Jo’s  research interests in rural gender identities also developed to include work on the performance of sexuality and on the rural body.  More recently Jo’s research has developed in two further directions.  Firstly, in the study of local food and rural regeneration in the South West and West Midlands through a project run jointly with colleagues from Coventry and Exeter.  Secondly in work on intimate partner abuse and the rural community.  Finally, Jo’s work on the rural body has developed to include work on rural nature and on the links between healthy well-being and transformational tourism. The majority of Jo’s research has been in the UK although she is also involved in work on rural New Zealand.

Research networks

COST European network on rural poverty

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