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Dr Jennifer Lea

Dr Jennifer Lea

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

 4071

 Amory C419

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

Overview

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

 

Qualifications

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

Career

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.

Research group links

Research

Research interests

A series of journal articles and book chapters have explored what practices such as yoga, massage and meditation can tell us about touch, habit, learning embodied skills, reflexive practices, experiences of stillness, and our relationship to (therapeutic) landscapes. This writing draws on my PhD research, which looked at a yoga retreat, a massage training course and the healing field at a music festival. More recent fieldwork was carried out with Professor Chris Philo and Dr Louisa Cadman, looking at everyday spiritual landscapes in the city of Brighton, and was funded by the AHRC. I am currently carrying out some further research into the various geographies of mindfulness meditation.

I have also done work on children's geographies and disability, doing fieldwork in 9 schools. This was part of an ESRC funded project working with Dr Louise Holt and Dr Sophie Bowlby. This has given rise to writing on social capital, emotional norms, and restorative justice.

I have recently developed a new research strand looking at perinatal mental health. I have done some work around service provision in the South West of England which led to Bristol City Council commissioning me to perform a qualitative review of some services for mothers experiencing mental health difficulties. I am really pleased to be involved in this work and to play some part in the provision of high quality services for mothers and babies in Bristol.

Research projects

2016 - Mindfulness meditation as an embodied practice

2016 - Review of Rockabumps and Rockabye groups for Bristol City Council

2015 - Research into services for postnatal depression in Bristol and North Somerset

2011 - Everyday spiritual practices

 

Links


Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Holt L, Bowlby S, Lea J (In Press). Everyone knows me. I sort of like move about’’: the friendships and encounters of young people with Special Educational Needs in different school settings. Environment and Planning A Full text.
Lea J (In Press). Understanding therapeutic massage as a form of bodywork: knowing and working on the (energetic) body. Sociology of Health and Illness Full text.
Lea J, Cadman L, Philo C (2015). Changing the habits of a lifetime? Mindfulness meditation and habitual geographies. Cultural Geographies, 22(1), 49-65. Abstract.
Lea J, Philo C, Cadman L (2015). ‘It’s a fine line between. self discipline, devotion and dedication’: negotiating authority in the teaching and learning of Ashtanga yoga. cultural geographies, 23(1), 69-85. Full text.
Philo C, Cadman L, Lea J (2014). New Energy Geographies: a Case Study of Yoga, Meditation and Healthfulness. Journal of Medical Humanities, 36(1), 35-46. Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Lea J (In Press). DISABILITY, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS, CLASS, CAPITALS AND SEGREGATION IN SCHOOLS: a POPULATION GEOGRAPHY PERSPECTIVE. Population, Space and Place Full text.
Holt L, Bowlby S, Lea J (In Press). Everyone knows me. I sort of like move about’’: the friendships and encounters of young people with Special Educational Needs in different school settings. Environment and Planning A Full text.
Lea J (In Press). Understanding therapeutic massage as a form of bodywork: knowing and working on the (energetic) body. Sociology of Health and Illness Full text.
Lea J, Cadman L, Philo C (2015). Changing the habits of a lifetime? Mindfulness meditation and habitual geographies. Cultural Geographies, 22(1), 49-65. Abstract.
Lea J, Philo C, Cadman L (2015). ‘It’s a fine line between. self discipline, devotion and dedication’: negotiating authority in the teaching and learning of Ashtanga yoga. cultural geographies, 23(1), 69-85. Full text.
Philo C, Cadman L, Lea J (2014). New Energy Geographies: a Case Study of Yoga, Meditation and Healthfulness. Journal of Medical Humanities, 36(1), 35-46. Full text.
Holt L, Bowlby S, Lea J (2013). Emotions and the habitus: Young people with socio-emotional differences (re)producing social, emotional and cultural capital in family and leisure space-times. Emotion, Space and Society, 9, 33-41.
Holt L, Lea J, Bowlby S (2012). Special units for young people on the Autistic Spectrum in mainstream schools: sites of normalisation, abnormalisation, inclusion and exclusion. Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, 9(44), 2191-2206.
Lea J (2009). Becoming skilled: the cultural and corporeal geographies of teaching and learning Thai Yoga Massage. Geoforum, 3(40), 465-474.
Lea J (2009). Liberation or limitation? Understanding Iyengar Yoga as a practice of the self. Body and Society, 3(15), 71-92.
Lea J (2008). Retreating to nature: rethinking therapeutic landscapes. Area, 1(80), 90-98.
Lea J (2006). Experiencing Festival Bodies: connecting massage and wellness. Tourism Recreation Research, 1(31), 65-75.

Chapters

Lea J (2018). Non-representational theory and health geographies. In  (Ed) Routledge Handbook of Health Geography, Routledge, 144-152.  Abstract.  Full text.
Lea J, Philo C, Cadman L (2018). Problematising inner-life spiritualities: subjective experiences, enduring moods and present-moment attention in everyday spiritual practices. In  (Ed) Spaces of Spirituality.  Abstract.  Full text.
Cadman L, Philo C, Lea J (2017). Using time-space diaries and interviews to research spiritualities in an ‘everyday context. In Woodhead L (Ed) How to Research Religion: Putting Methods into Practice, OUP. Full text.
Lea J, Bowlby S (2016). Behaviourally, emotionally and socially ‘problematic’ students: interrogating emotional governance as a form of exclusionary practice. In Jupp E, Pykett J, Smith F (Eds.) Emotional States Governing with Feeling in Policymaking Practice and Participation, Routledge. Abstract.  Full text.
Lea J, Holt L, Bowlby S (2016). Talking about socio-emotional differences, reproducing ‘Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties’? the use of restorative approaches to justice in schools. In Blazek M, Kraftl P (Eds.) Children’s Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood.  Full text.
Bowlby S, Lea J, Holt L (2014). Learning how to behave in school: a study of the experiences of children and young people with socio-emotional differences. In Mills S, Kraftl P (Eds.) Informal Education, Childhood and Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices, Palgrave Macmillan. Full text.
Lea J (2012). Encountering touch: the “mixed bodies” of Michel Serres’. In Paterson M, Dodge M (Eds.) Touching Space Placing Touch, Ashgate Publishing Company.
Lea J (2011). Liberation or limitation? Understanding Iyengar Yoga as a practice of the self. In Heelas P (Ed) Spirituality in the Modern World, Routledge. Abstract.
Woodward K, Lea J (2009). Affective Geographies. In Smith S, Marston S, Pain R, Jones JP (Eds.) Handbook of Social Geography, Sage, 431-484.
Lea J (2009). Post-phenomenology/Post‐phenomenological geographies. In Kitchen R, Thrift N (Eds.) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, Oxford: Elsevier, 373-378.

Publications by year


In Press

Lea J (In Press). DISABILITY, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS, CLASS, CAPITALS AND SEGREGATION IN SCHOOLS: a POPULATION GEOGRAPHY PERSPECTIVE. Population, Space and Place Full text.
Holt L, Bowlby S, Lea J (In Press). Everyone knows me. I sort of like move about’’: the friendships and encounters of young people with Special Educational Needs in different school settings. Environment and Planning A Full text.
Lea J (In Press). Understanding therapeutic massage as a form of bodywork: knowing and working on the (energetic) body. Sociology of Health and Illness Full text.

2018

Lea J (2018). Non-representational theory and health geographies. In  (Ed) Routledge Handbook of Health Geography, Routledge, 144-152.  Abstract.  Full text.
Lea J, Philo C, Cadman L (2018). Problematising inner-life spiritualities: subjective experiences, enduring moods and present-moment attention in everyday spiritual practices. In  (Ed) Spaces of Spirituality.  Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Cadman L, Philo C, Lea J (2017). Using time-space diaries and interviews to research spiritualities in an ‘everyday context. In Woodhead L (Ed) How to Research Religion: Putting Methods into Practice, OUP. Full text.

2016

Lea J, Bowlby S (2016). Behaviourally, emotionally and socially ‘problematic’ students: interrogating emotional governance as a form of exclusionary practice. In Jupp E, Pykett J, Smith F (Eds.) Emotional States Governing with Feeling in Policymaking Practice and Participation, Routledge. Abstract.  Full text.
Lea J, Holt L, Bowlby S (2016). Talking about socio-emotional differences, reproducing ‘Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties’? the use of restorative approaches to justice in schools. In Blazek M, Kraftl P (Eds.) Children’s Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood.  Full text.

2015

Lea J, Cadman L, Philo C (2015). Changing the habits of a lifetime? Mindfulness meditation and habitual geographies. Cultural Geographies, 22(1), 49-65. Abstract.
Lea J, Philo C, Cadman L (2015). ‘It’s a fine line between. self discipline, devotion and dedication’: negotiating authority in the teaching and learning of Ashtanga yoga. cultural geographies, 23(1), 69-85. Full text.

2014

Bowlby S, Lea J, Holt L (2014). Learning how to behave in school: a study of the experiences of children and young people with socio-emotional differences. In Mills S, Kraftl P (Eds.) Informal Education, Childhood and Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices, Palgrave Macmillan. Full text.
Philo C, Cadman L, Lea J (2014). New Energy Geographies: a Case Study of Yoga, Meditation and Healthfulness. Journal of Medical Humanities, 36(1), 35-46. Full text.

2013

Holt L, Bowlby S, Lea J (2013). Emotions and the habitus: Young people with socio-emotional differences (re)producing social, emotional and cultural capital in family and leisure space-times. Emotion, Space and Society, 9, 33-41.

2012

Lea J (2012). Encountering touch: the “mixed bodies” of Michel Serres’. In Paterson M, Dodge M (Eds.) Touching Space Placing Touch, Ashgate Publishing Company.
Holt L, Lea J, Bowlby S (2012). Special units for young people on the Autistic Spectrum in mainstream schools: sites of normalisation, abnormalisation, inclusion and exclusion. Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, 9(44), 2191-2206.

2011

Lea J (2011). Liberation or limitation? Understanding Iyengar Yoga as a practice of the self. In Heelas P (Ed) Spirituality in the Modern World, Routledge. Abstract.

2009

Woodward K, Lea J (2009). Affective Geographies. In Smith S, Marston S, Pain R, Jones JP (Eds.) Handbook of Social Geography, Sage, 431-484.
Lea J (2009). Becoming skilled: the cultural and corporeal geographies of teaching and learning Thai Yoga Massage. Geoforum, 3(40), 465-474.
Lea J (2009). Liberation or limitation? Understanding Iyengar Yoga as a practice of the self. Body and Society, 3(15), 71-92.
Lea J (2009). Post-phenomenology/Post‐phenomenological geographies. In Kitchen R, Thrift N (Eds.) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, Oxford: Elsevier, 373-378.

2008

Lea J (2008). Retreating to nature: rethinking therapeutic landscapes. Area, 1(80), 90-98.

2006

Lea J (2006). Experiencing Festival Bodies: connecting massage and wellness. Tourism Recreation Research, 1(31), 65-75.

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External Engagement and Impact

Administrative responsibilities


Invited lectures & workshops

I have been invited to give a keynote speech at the 'Other Psychotherapies' conference at the University of Glasgow in April 2017.

Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Chloe Asker (ESRC SWDTP) Mindful geographies? Towards the geographies of mindfulness
  • Eliott Rooke ESRC doctoral studentship
  • Jiajia Yi

Alumni

  • Louise MacAllister
  • Sarah Tupper

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