School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Jayne Jeffries

Research Associate



I joined the school in September 2014 and have trained as a human geographer largely using in-depth qualitative and participatory approaches to work together ‘with’ disabled people and their partners in the region. My work is shaped by an underlying politics and ethics, using Participatory Action Research (P.A.R) to develop suitable, relevant and appropriate methodologies that address change at different scales in everyday life.

I’m also a member of Open Lab (formerly the Digital Interaction Group) in the School of Computer Science, where I’m bringing my interests in disability and P.A.R together with new interests in the role of digital tools and technologies. This is part of an interdisciplinary project called ‘MyPlace: Mobility and Place for the Age-friendly City Environment’, which includes working with Prof. Rose Gilroy and Dr. Tim Townshend, as well as (non)academic colleagues within the city of Newcastle.


2013 PhD Human Geography, Durham University. Thesis Title: Becoming Disabled.

2008 MA (Merit) Human Geography, Manchester University.

2007 BA (Hons) 1st Class. Geography, University of Northumbria.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Age Friendly Cities: Built Environment Group, in association with Quality of Life Partnership, monthly meeting discussing age friendly initiatives in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Newcastle Disability Forum: Access Group, bi-monthly meeting with Newcastle City Council.
  • APL Research Committee.


Research Interests

Disability and Time:

I’ve developed a growing interest in the way that disabilities, health conditions and illnesses play out in day-to-day life, from the mundane and banal practices that make up daily routines to the histories that continue to shape uncertain medical, social and financial situations. I’m interested in the ‘becoming’ of disabled people’s identities and view disability as an unfolding process of continuous change, using empirical material to examine the role of time and temporalities. My work explores the past, the present and the future in disabled people's lives and in particular the way that 'lived' temporalities can disrupt chronological (clock)time. I examine themes as they develop, including: recovery, mobilities, care, emotion(s) and affect, memories, rhythms, temporalities, technologies and disabilities (physical, sensory and/or neurological), to name a few.

Participatory and Feminist Approaches:

Using Participatory Action Research (P.A.R) and feminist methodologies my research themes often unfold iteratively through a process of listening to and working with participants over time, developing suitable approaches and methods to explore a topic. I’m interested in more ‘gentle’ approaches to research, the smaller scale ‘action’ that shapes (disabled) people’s day-to-day lives and the inherent temporalities associated with participatory work. In my work I have tailored individual and small group methods to explore the role of change over time through 'drawing' participatory timelines, 'writing' diaries, 'talking' informally and 'taking' visual images using photo voice. I'm a member of the RGS-IBG Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG), attending events and contributing to discussions based on participatory work, ethics, teaching and practice.

Research History (Projects)

Sept 2014 – 2017 MyPlace: Mobility and Place for the Age Friendly City Environment. EPSRC-funded post-doctoral research, Newcastle University. I'm currently thinking about designing mobilities and the politics of designing with participants (users) in the context of an interdisciplinary project on ageing, mobilities, technologies, co-production and futures.

Feb 2014 – Sept 2014 Inter-agency Approaches to Health and Social Care. ERC-funded post-doctoral research,University of Exeter in Cornwall. 

Sept 2009 – Dec 2013 Becoming Disabled. ESRC-funded PhD research, Durham University. 



I contribute to undergraduate teaching in APL:

TCP1025: Social Worlds

  • Disabilities, Health Conditions and Illnesses: Social Worlds of Difference
  • The Ethics of Engaging with Social Worlds: Scale, Responsibilities (I); and Feminist Ethics of Care (II)
TCP2027: Research Skills
  • Researching Online & Digital Methods
  • Visual Methodologies: Context, Methods, Analysis and Interpretation

I contribute to postgraduate teaching in the School of Computer Science as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

CSC8602: Research Methods for Digital Civics (SCS)

  • Visual Methodologies