Dr Helen Jarvis
Reader in Social Geography

Introduction

Helen Jarvis is internationally regarded for advancing new paradigms of sustainable de-growth and social architectures that support a green sharing economy.  She has an established international reputation in each of four intersecting strands of research and scholarship in urban social geography; (i) household work-life reconciliation, including ageing and the mobility; (ii) Public space, public life and accessible cities, understanding this holistically and relationally; (iii) ethnographies and infrastructures of time-space co-ordination, with a particular focus on the 'social architectures' of shared space and self-governance in collaborative living arrangements of intentional community and cohousing; (iv) new urban policies for sustainability, focussing on the green sharing economy and its roots in voluntary civic engagement. Each strand of research engages with real-world problems. Scholarly publications include three books on Cities, Gender, Work/Life Balance and Social Reproduction and more than 20 solo-author peer-review articles in top ranking journals. She is regularly invited to speak at international symposia and to provide opinion and debate on new urban policies for sustainability in national and international news media, including appearances on BBC Radio 4 programmes Today and Thinking Allowed.

She is currently researching everyday life in relation to experiments and innovations in collaborative housing and intentional community (notably co-housing), comparing group formation, practices of collective governance and alternative living space in Britain, Scandinavia, Australia and the USA. She is regularly invited to speak publicly on the subject of alternative housing and sustainable de-growth by grassroots community groups as well as academic institutions overseas.  Helen has held visiting academic positions at UC Berkeley and University of Washington, USA and University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Recent publications on the self-proclaimed Freetown of Christiania, which occupies prime real estate in the heart of the Danish capital of Copenhagen, result from unique access as one of a handful of academics awarded Christiania Research in Residence status under the CRIR programme established in 2005. In addition to published output, this participatory research agenda informs the undergraduate learning experience through the Copenhagen residential field-course module GEO2123 and Helen’s commitment to students ‘seeing and believing’ that alternative economies and social organisations are possible. She has published on her feminist approach to participatory learning methods in a special issue of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (2009).

Helen Jarvis maintains a strong track record in UK Research Council funding- including multi-disciplinary, multi-institution and bilateral collaboration. She is currently PI on the ESRC seminar series Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience, with the UK Cohousing Network as a non-academic partner (BH148250); she is Co-I on the EPSRC/ESRC large interdisciplinary collaborative project Mobility and Place in the Age-friendly City Environment (MyPlace). Both demonstrate collaboration with non-academic community-based organisations and civil society initiatives, as well as connections made across the Institute for Ageing and Health; Computing Science; Planning and Urban Design; Sociology and academic partners nationally and internationally.   

Helen is deeply committed to engaging community stakeholders in collaborative research and providing students with community-based learning and research opportunities. For example, through continuous engagement with grassroots social movement organisations including Transition Towns, Cittaslow (slow towns), Sustrans (campaign for sustainable bicycle routes), Quality of Life Partnership (age-friendly city coalitions), UK Cohousing Network and the North East Community Led Development Network, she has personally generated and supervised three fully funded collaborative PhD Studentships and two undergraduate vacations studentships.   

*NEW* Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience

ESRC Seminar series, in partnership with the UK Cohousing Network (together with the Universities of Leeds, Lancaster, Nottingham, Sheffield and London School of Economics)

http://collaborativehousing.net/


Background

2011 - Present: Reader, Newcastle University  

2006 - 2011: Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

1999 - 2002: ESRC Fellowship 
1998 - 2006: Lecturer, Newcastle University
1997 - 1998: Postdoc, Cambridge University

Roles and Responsibilities

ESRC Peer Review College 2010 to present

School Academic Coordinator for Erasmus and Study Abroad 2011-2014

INTO (pre-sessional ESL) liaison, 2011-2013

Degree Programme Director, 2008 through 2010 (including Internal Subject Review)


Admissions Tutor BA/BSc Hons Geography, 2003 - 2007/8


Member of the University Disciplinary Panel, 2006-10 and 2011 – 2012

Faculty liaison with university librarians, 1995-2000

Book Reviews Editor, RGS-IBG/ Wiley Blackwell journals; Area and The Geographical Journal 2005 – 2010

External examiner, London Studies Degree Programme, Birkbeck College, University of London (2007- 2010)

External examiner for PhD thesis and viva voce; including University of Durham (2007 and again in 2008); University of Amsterdam (2010)

Qualifications

PhD London School of Economics, 1997.
BSc (Econ) London School of Economics, 1994, First Class Honours.

Previous Positions

1997 - 1998: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Memberships

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Member of the American Geographers Association
Committee member (previously treasurer 1998-2001) RGS-IBG Women and Geography Study Group (now GFGRG) 2001-2010

Director, UK Cohousing Network, Board of Directors (2013 – Present)

UK representative, Cittaslow International Scientific Research Committee (2009 – Present)

Honours and Awards

George and Hilda Ormsby Award for Academic Achievement, London School of Economics, 1994.

 

Research Interests

Helen Jarvis has an established international reputation in each of four intersecting strands of research and scholarship in urban social geography; (i) household work-life reconciliation, including ageing and the mobility; (ii) Public space, public life and accessible cities, understanding this holistically and relationally; (iii) ethnographies and infrastructures of time-space co-ordination, with a particular focus on the 'social architectures' of shared space and self-governance in collaborative living arrangements of intentional community and cohousing; (iv) new urban policies for sustainability, focussing on the green sharing economy and its roots in voluntary civic engagement. Each strand of research engages with real-world problems. Scholarly publications include three books on Cities, Gender, Work/Life Balance and Social Reproduction and more than 20 solo-author peer-review articles in top ranking journals. She is regularly invited to speak at international symposia and to provide opinion and debate on new urban policies for sustainability in national and international news media, including appearances on BBC Radio 4 programmes Today and Thinking Allowed. Helen has held visiting academic positions at UC Berkeley and University of Washington, USA and University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Current Work

Helen is currently researching everyday life in relation to experiments and innovations in collaborative housing and intentional community (notably co-housing), comparing group formation, practices of collective governance and alternative living space in Britain, Scandinavia, Australia and the USA. She is regularly invited to speak publicly on the subject of alternative housing and sustainable de-growth by grassroots community groups as well as academic institutions overseas.  She is currently PI on the ESRC seminar series Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience, with the UK Cohousing Network as a non-academic partner (BH148250); she is Co-I on the EPSRC/ESRC large interdisciplinary collaborative project Mobility and Place in the Age-friendly City Environment (MyPlace). Both demonstrate collaboration with non-academic community-based organisations and civil society initiatives, as well as connections made across the Institute for Ageing and Health; Computing Science; Planning and Urban Design; Sociology and academic partners nationally and internationally.  


Research Roles

Since joining Newcastle University Helen has undertaken a wide variety of roles across the subject area, school and university levels, including as an early career mentor for the SDU. She was instrumental in the 2007 Research Assessment Exercise by establishing and leading the human geography cluster Society, Space and Practice (SSP). Beyond the university she holds research consultant roles with several grassroots social movement organisations, notably as UK representative for Cittaslow International and on the Board of Directors (and associated with research strategy) of the UK Cohousing Network.  

Postgraduate Supervision

I am happy to supervise postgraduate research on any aspect of:
Experiments in collaborative housing and intentional communities; community supported livelihoods; cities and gender; household resource capabilities and coping strategies; social networks/ social geographies; home and housing; work, employment and gender relations; informal care-giving; school choice and school run; everyday co-ordination.


Completed PhD supervision:

Rituparna Sarma (2008) Indian women's changing status and role: lessons from the daily lives of university students in Assam, India. (Co-supervised with Dr Alex Hughes 



Valerie Egdell (2009) fully funded ESRC-MRC studentship: Unequal Respite: Mapping the Sites, Stages and Support Networks of Informal Care. (Co-supervised with Prof John Bond, Prof Ian McKeith, Dr Katie Brittain - Institute of Health and Society.)

Angela Abbot (2012) full ESRC studentship: Exploring the Implications of Self-directed Support to the Social, Spatial and Affective Relations of Elderly Care. (Co-supervised with Prof Alison Stenning.)

Ann Murphy (2015) full ESRC studentship: Army Wives and Military Landscapes. (Co-supervised with Prof Rachel Woodward.)

Current PhD supervision:

Wilbert Den Hoed (attached to MyPlace)

Francesca Fois

Tessa Holland (AHRC Collaborative with Cittaslow UK)

Esteem Indicators

Helen has been invited to deliver Key-note presentations at international symposia in Germany, France, Australia, Denmark and the USA; she participated in an International ‘think-tank’ on Housing Wealth (Rowntree Foundation/ ESRC) in 2007. She was invited by the Anglo-German Centrum fur Internationale Studien (CiS) Hamburg to contribute as a consultant to a workshop on 'the temporalisation of space' in December 2004. She has been hosted as an international visiting scholar/ researcher in residence (Christiania), in Australia, USA, Denmark and the Netherlands; Helen is an invited member of the Cittaslow (slow cities) international scientific committee of advisors (since 2009). Generated opportunity for undergraduate student to work with the North East Community Led Development Network as a vacation studentship in 2014 and the resulting project was selected from University-wide annual competition for public showcase event. Expert public speaker invited to provide opinion and debate on new paradigms of sustainable de-growth and social architectures that support a group

Recent funding: 

ESRC Seminar Series, ‘Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience’, 2014 – 2016: £27,023 (PI in collaboration with UK Cohousing Network) (BH148250)

EPSRC/ESRC ‘MyPlace (Mobility & Place for the age-friendly city environment’ (£1,011,005); co-applicant (BH135126)

Newcastle University, School Research Committee Small Grant: ‘Cultivating a new normal: tracing alternative networks of social learning in two world-famous experimental communities; Findhorn, UK and Christiania, DK’. (£950)

University of Western Sydney IRIS award, 2010-11:  ($12,000 AUD) ‘Collaborative housing innovations in Australian cities: international lessons’

BEACON North East (For Public Engagement), 2011-2012 (£10,000) ‘Exploring cohousing as an option for older people in Newcastle upon Tyne’ (Co-applicant and in collaboration with the Quality of Life Partnership and Newcastle Elders Council).

Newcastle University HASS Faculty Small Grant, 2008-2009: (£1,600) Alternative home-life reconciliation: the case of co-housing and intentional communities in Oregon, USA.

ESRC Seminar Series, 2007-2009: £15,000 ‘Time-space and life-course’ (PI in collaboration with Durham and Lancaster Universities).

British Academy, 2005 - 2007: £7,000 (PI).

ESRC Fellowship, 1999 - 2002: £91,394 awarded for three years to undertake comparative UK-US research: "Negotiating Flexibility for Working Families: Lessons from International Comparison".

HSBC Holdings RGS-IBG Small, Grant 1999: Award of £1,500 for travel to support a 'pump-priming' 'pilot' international study of dual earner household lifestyles.

University of Newcastle Small Grant, 2000: Award of £1,500 for data collection costs to conduct a pilot study in preparation for a larger grant submission (with Professor Jane Wheelock),
"understanding 'flexible working' from a household perspective". An unsuccessful ESRC submission was made in July 2001.

ESRC, 2000: Bursary of £800 to cover full fees and travel expenses for a two-week residential course on the British Household Panel Survey at the University of Essex.

British Academy 2005-2007 (with Seraphim Alvanides): Small Grant of £7480: Understanding School Choice as a Function of Inequality: Combining Biography with Spatial Analysis.

 

Projects

Undergraduate Teaching


GEO1015 Human Geographies of the UK


GEO2110 Social Geographies


GEO2111 Doing Geographical Research: Theory and Practice


GEO2123 Copenhagen Field Course: Social Experiments, Diverse Economies


GEO3110 Counter-Cultural Geographies (previously Cities and Gender)


GEO3099 Dissertation


Postgraduate Teaching


GEO8017 Concepts in Action (MA Geography Research)



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