School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Jayne Jeffries

Research Associate



I joined the school in September 2014, working on ‘MyPlace: Mobility and Place for the Age-friendly City Environment’ with Prof. Rose Gilroy and Prof. Tim Townshend. The case study, in collaboration with Henshaws: Beyond Expectations, a charity that supports anyone with sight loss, focused on mobility as a multi-sensory experience. We are currently writing a journal article on everyday sensory experience and challenging the visual for urban designers.

I am a human geographer by training and use in-depth qualitative and participatory approaches to gain an understanding of disabled people's life-worlds. Using Participatory Action Research (P.A.R) I have developed suitable, relevant and appropriate methodologies to explore the temporalities in disabled people lives, and to examine everyday accounts of urban mobility and sight loss.

I am the PI on two internally funded projects:

  • Hidden Histories: Disabled children's hospital lives in north east England 1920s - 1970s. Humanities, Arts and Social Science, Faculty Research Fund (FRF), Newcastle University, 2017. I am conducting a contemporary analysis of TWAM archival material relating to four children's orthopaedic hospitals in Tyneside. I am also conducting a literature review to examine the changing role of social policy in shaping spaces of treatment and care for disabled children in the 1920s-1970s.   
  • Reinvigorating the policy and practice arena by facilitating workshops between disabled users with mobility needs and city place makers.  ESRC Impact Accelerator Account, Co-production Fund, Newcastle University, 2017. The project provides opportunities for the public to engage with local policy and practice, enabling a comparative analysis of original MyPlace findings with issues raised in the RNIB Street Charter. The Charter offers guidance on engaging with disabled people and is currently being considered by Newcastle City Council. 


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.


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 – Sept 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