Dr Jane Midgley
Senior Lecturer - DPD MSc Town Planning & MSc Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6807
- Address: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am an interdisciplinary social scientist working across human geography, socio-economics, and environmental planning, researching issues within and across food and waste systems and their functioning. Before joining the School in 2008 I led the rural policy and food policy research at the IPPR (the UK’s leading think tank).
Roles and Responsibilities
Senior Lecturer in Planning.
I am Degree Programme Director for three programmes MSc Town Planning/Pg Diploma Spatial Planning and MSc Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change, and MA Regional Development and Spatial Planning. During semester 1 17/18 I am also acting DPD for MSc International Spatial Planning, MA Planning and Environmental Research and MA Architecture Planning and Landscape. I act as personal tutor to students on these programmes.
I am the School Ethics Convenor and member of the Faculty Ethics Committee.
BA (Hons): Land Economy, University of Cambridge
MPhil: Land Economy, University of Cambridge
PhD: University of Newcastle upon Tyne, socio-economics/geography
In more detail, my research has consistently explored the critical relationship between vulnerability, insecurity and responsibility in contemporary society, and how these concepts are ascribed, understood and practiced. There are two empirical foci to my work: (i) everyday care practices, underpinned by feminist ethics of care theory to critically consider what vulnerability, insecurity and responsibility mean for individuals focusing on food provisioning offers and their acceptance within community settings; and (ii) surplus food and food waste, here I focus on the transition of food to waste and the interplay between institutions, values and practices that inform this process, I particularly look at the work of industry and charitable actors in identifying and redistributing surplus food, and draw from socio-economic theory to explore the socio-technical arrangements of surplus and waste. Throughout my research I bring together ethnographically grounded work in a variety of settings with critical policy analysis.
I have recently completed research funded by the ESRC and FSA ‘Making provisions: anticipating food emergencies and assembling the food system’, with my colleague Dr Andrew Donaldson. This research examined how uncertain futures are made manageable both in the day-to-day running of the food system and in expectation of more exceptional circumstances. The project developed a critical understanding of the forms of anticipatory action that exist in the food system, how these are undertaken, who and what they involve and the ways in which they help create and stabilise the relationships that underpin the food system.
Jane would welcome any postgraduate applications to study issues that with fit with her research interests.
Jane is currently supervising:
- Montse Ferres 'Reconfiguring open spaces as workshops of cooperation in deprived areas' (ESRC funded, supervised with Dr Tim Townshend)
- Dugyu Okumus 'The implications of rural tourism in Turkey' (supervised with Dr Suzanne Speak)
- Sebastian Prost 'Designing for food democracy with communities (EPSRC funded, Digital Civics, supervised with Dr Graeme Heron and Dr Clara Crivellaro)
- Helen Coulson 'Ecologies of care: An ethnographic study of collective urban food gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland' (ESRC funded, awarded 2016)
- Alan Hunt 'Civic engagement in food system governance: A comparative perspective on American and English local food movements' (Fulbright part-funded, awarded 2013)
- Elizabeth Brooks 'Are country towns sustainable for older people?' (ESRC/DCLG funded, awarded 2011)
ESRC FSA (2014-16, Co-Investigator) Making provisions: anticipating food emergences and assembling the food system, see http://research.ncl.ac.uk/makingprovisions/
Catherine Cookson Foundation (2011-12) Serving society? The role of soup kitchens and soup runs in urban social order
Newcastle University HASS Faculty funding (2009-10) Exploring responses to household and community food insecurity
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004-5) Socio-economics of the household
ESRC Postgraduate Studentship (open competition, 2000-3) Women's access to financial services in rural households
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
TCP2027 Research Skills (module leader)
TCP3099 Dissertation (module leader and dissertation supervisor)
TCP89034/44 Planning and Sustainability (contributor - session on sustainable food planning)
TCP8934/8938 Cities, Security and Resilience (contributor - session on food security and the city)
TCP8911 Evaluation, Analysis and Research (contributor)
TCP8099 Dissertation (supervisor)
- Midgley JL. ‘You were a lifesaver’: Encountering the potentials of vulnerability and self-care in a community café . Ethics & Social Welfare 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Midgley JL. Perspectives on responsibility in practice as revealed through food provisioning offers for rough sleepers. Critical Social Policy 2016, 36(4), 610-629.
- Midgley JL. The logics of surplus food redistribution. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 2014, 57(12), 1872-1892.
- Midgley JL. Problematizing the Emergence of Household Food Security in England. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 2013, 20(3), 293-311.
- Midgley JL. Food (In)Security in the Global "North" and "South". In: Murcott, A., Belasco, W., Jackson, P, ed. The Handbook of Food Research. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, pp.425-438.
- Midgley JL. Exploring food policy developments within the United Kingdom. Environment & Planning C: Government and Policy 2010, 28(6), 1028-1044.
- Lake AA, Midgley JL. Food policy and food governance - changing behaviours. In: Lake, AA; Townshend, TG; Alvanides, S, ed. Obesogenic Environments. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp.165-182.
- Midgley JL. Just desserts: Securing global food futures. London: Institute for Public Policy Research, 2009.
- Midgley JL. Best Before: How the UK should respond to food policy challenges. London: Institute for Public Policy Research, 2008.
- Midgley JL, Stirling S. An audit of public sector reform in the North East. London: Institute for Public Policy Research, 2007.
- Midgley J. Gendered economies: Transferring private gender roles into the public realm through rural community development. Journal of Rural Studies 2006, 22(2), 217-231.
- Midgley JL, ed. A New Rural Agenda. London: Institute for Public Policy Research, 2006.
- Midgley JL, Bradshaw R. Should I Stay or Should I Go? Rural Youth Transitions. London, UK: Institute for Public Policy Research with Commission for Rural Communities, 2006.
- Midgley JL, Adams J. Towards a new rural agenda. In: Midgley, J.L, ed. A new rural agenda. London: Institute for Public Policy Research, 2006, pp.7-27.
- Midgley J. Financial inclusion, universal banking and post offices in Britain. Area 2005, 37(3), 277-285.
- Midgley JL, Shucksmith DM, Birnie RV, Geddes A, Bayfield N, Elston D. Rural development policy and community data needs in Scotland. Land Use Policy 2005, 22(2), 163-174.
- Midgley J, Ward N, Atterton JH. City regions and rural areas in the North East of England. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2005. Centre for Rural Economy Research Report.
- Midgley JL, Hodge I, Monk S. Patterns and concentrations of disadvantage in England: A rural-urban perspective. Urban Studies 2003, 40(8), 1427-1454.
- Midgley JL. Access to financial services: Moving beyond the spatial perspective. In: Higgs, G, ed. Rural Services and Social Exclusion. London, UK: Pion, 2003, pp.162-173.
- Monk S, Hodge I, Midgley JL. Statistical indicators of rural disadvantage: a comparison between the index of multiple deprivation and the ‘bundles’ approach. In: Higgs, G, ed. Rural Services and Social Exclusion. London, UK: Pion Ltd, 2003, pp.76-94.
- Midgley JL. Exploring alternative methodologies to establish the effects of land area designations in development control decisions. Planning Practice and Research 2000, 15(4), 319-333.