Dr Helen Jarvis
Reader in Social Geography
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University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
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.
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 four fully funded collaborative PhD Studentships and three undergraduate vacations studentships. Collaboration for the mutual benefit of community-based partner organisations includes learning and teaching opportunities for student volunteering (Geo2138 and Geo3143).
2011 - Present: Reader, Newcastle University
2006 - 2011: Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University
2002: ESRC Fellowship
1998 - 2006: Lecturer, Newcastle University
1997 - 1998: Postdoc, Cambridge University
Roles and Responsibilities
ESRC Peer Review College, 2010 to present
Member of Newcastle University Senate, from 2017
School Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, 2016 - 2018
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); University of Manchester (2016); University of Oxford (2016).
London School of Economics, 1997.
BSc (Econ) London School of Economics, 1994, First Class Honours.
1997 - 1998: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
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 – 2018)
UK representative, Cittaslow International Scientific Research Committee (2009 – Present)
Honours and Awards
and Hilda Ormsby Award for Academic Achievement, London School of Economics,
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 (notably 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. Helen 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 Western Sydney University, 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 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 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.
Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience 2014-2016: 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/
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.
happy to supervise postgraduate research on any aspect of:
Broad-based community organising, social direct action and civic engagement; 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; mobility (active aging) and everyday co-ordination.
Completed PhD supervision:
Rituparna Sarma (2008) Indian women’s changing status and role: lessons from the daily lives of university students of Assam.
Valerie Egdell (2009) ESRC/MRC studentship. ‘Unequal respite: mapping the sites, stages and support networks of informal care’. Submitted within 3 years.
Angela Abbott (2011) Orientations and lifeworlds of carers of older people in Tyne and Wear, UK
Ann Murphy (2014) Landscape: space, place and identity issues for Army wives.
Francesca Fois (2016) Enacting intentional heterotopias: discovering alternative spaces through a relational-scalar approach in the spiritual intentional communities of Damanhur (Italy) and Terra Miriam (Brazil)
Arezu Bari (2016) Understanding urban informality: everyday life in informal settlements in Pakistan
Tessa Holland (2017) Knowing through Cittaslow: navigating slow, 'fast' and crafted knowledges in UK slow towns.
Wilbert Den Hoed (Collaborative with MyPLACE)
Joe Herbert (ESRC 1 3, collaborative with ACT! Climate Change NE)
Philippa Carter (ESRC 3.5, collaborative with Groundwork NE and Cumbria)
Matthew Hanchaard (based in Sociology)
Jessie Kelly (ESRC 3)
Phil Mullen (transfer from Durham)
Helen has been invited to deliver Key-note presentations at international symposia in Italy, Luxembourg, 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). She has been a non-executive Director of the UK Cohousing Network since 2014. In 2014 she supervised an undergraduate students to work with the North East Community Led Development Network as a vacation intern and the resulting project was selected from University-wide annual competition for public showcase event.
Helen has been invited as an expert public speaker to provide opinion and debate on national and international TV and radio, including BBC Radio 4 Today; BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed; ABC Bush Telegraph and Community TV.
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.
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.
GEO1015 Human Geographies of the UK
GEO2110 Social Geographies
GEO2111 Doing Geographical Research: Theory and Practice (not 2017/18)
GEO2123 Copenhagen Field Course: Social Experiments, Diverse Economies (2013-2016)
GEO2138 and GEO3143 Community-Based Volunteering in Geography (collaborative research/ volunteer placements)
GEO3099 Dissertation (not 2017/18)
GEO8017 Concepts in Action (MA Geography Research)
Community-Based Volunteering in Geography: information for prospective students and non-profit partners
This module is intended to be of mutual benefit to the student and the partner organisation. The module combines a block of classroom teaching on the history, theory, practices, politics, ethics and methods of community-based organising and community-based research, with extended practice-based learning from volunteering in the non-profit sector. The placement component involves 70 hours participating in small groups with a non-profit partner. This placement may specifically focus on producing a defined piece of research (such as a survey) or it may involve an element of community organising activity (such as helping with an event or outreach material). Students co-design and agree the research/activity collaboratively with the partner organisation, for the direct benefit of the partner and community concerned.
Recent or current partner organisations include: Northumbria Conflict Resolution Network; Project Bind (Magic Hat/ Ugly Duckling, food waste initiatives); Equal Arts, Henpower; Silverline Memories Men's Shed at Springwell Community Garden; Hatton Gallery; and Tyne and Wear Citizens (part of Citizens UK).
- Jarvis H. Sharing, Togetherness and Intentional Degrowth. Progress in Human Geography 2017, ePub ahead of Print.
- Jarvis H. Christiania's place in the world of travelling ideas: sharing informal liveability. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research 2017, 29(2), 113-136.
- Jarvis H. Towards a deeper understanding of the social architecture of co-housing: evidence from the UK, the USA and Australia. Urban Research and Practice 2015, 8(1), 93-105.
- Jarvis H. Against the 'tyranny' of single-family dwelling: insights from Christiania at 40. Gender, Place & Culture 2013, 20(8), 939-959.
- Jarvis H. Community-led housing and 'slow' opposition to corporate development: citizen participation as common ground?. Geography Compass 2015, 9(4), 202-213.
- Jarvis H, Bonnett A. Progressive Nostalgia in Novel Living Arrangements: A Counterpoint to Neo-traditional New Urbanism?. Urban Studies 2013, 50(11), 2349-2370.
- Jarvis H. Christiania Dreaming. In: Coates, C; Dennis, J; How, J, ed. Diggers and Dreamers 25th Anniversary Edition. London: Diggers and Dreamers Publications, 2015, pp.49-62.
- Jarvis H. Pragmatic utopias: intentional gender-democratic and sustainable communities. In: MacGregor S, ed. Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment. London: Routledge, 2017, pp.433-446.
- Jarvis H. Envisioning liveability and do-it-together urban development. In: Jonas A; Miller B; Ward K; Wilson D, ed. Spaces of Urban Politics. London: Routledge, 2018, pp.336-349.
- Jarvis H. Saving space, sharing time: integrated infrastructures of daily life in cohousing. Environment and Planning A 2011, 43(3), 560-577.
- Jarvis H, Cloke J, Kantor P. Cities and Gender. London and New York: Routledge, 2009.
- Jarvis H. Work/Life City Limits : Comparative Household Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
- Jarvis H, Pratt AC, Cheng-Chong Wu. The secret life of cities: the social reproduction of everyday life. Harlow: Prentice Hall, 2001.
- Jarvis H. On not keeping up with the Jones's. In: Fuller, D; Jonas, AEG; Lee, R, ed. Interrogating Alterity. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, pp.131-145.
- Jarvis H, Alvanides S. School Choice From a Household Perspective: Preliminary Findings From a North of England case Study. Community, Work and Family 2008, 11(4), 385-405.
- Jarvis H. Housing to manage debt and family care in the USA. In: Searle, B; Smith, S, ed. The Blackwell Companion to the Economics of Housing: The Housing Wealth of Nations. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010, pp.361-380.
- Jarvis H. ‘Doing Deals on the House’ in a ‘Post-welfare’ Society: Evidence of Micro-Market Practices from Britain and the USA. Housing Studies 2008, 23(2), 213-231.
- Jarvis H. Home truths about care-less competitiveness. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 2007, 31(1), 207-214.
- Jarvis H. Dispelling the myth that preference makes practice in residential location and transport behaviour. Housing Studies 2003, 18(4), 587-606.
- Jarvis H, Pain R, Poolley C. Multiple Scales of Time-Space and Life Course. Environment and Planning A 2011, 43(3), 519-524.
- Jarvis H. Transforming the Sexist City: Non-Sexist Communities of Practice. Analize: Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies 2014, 3(17), 7-27.
- Jarvis H. Gender, Work and Employment. In: Pratt, Geraldine, ed. The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. New York: Wiley, 2016.
- Jarvis H, Holland T. Salmon fishing on the Tweed: past, present, future. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Newcastle University, 2016.
- Egdell V, Bond J, Brittain K, Jarvis H. Disparate routes through support: negotiating the sites, stages and support of informal dementia care. Health & Place 2010, 16(1), 101-107.
- Jarvis H. Commentary: Gender Interventions in an Age of Disengagement. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 2009, 33(3), 369-374.
- Jarvis H. The Paradox of Home-Work-Family Gridlock. Town and Country Planning 2003, 72(9).
- Jarvis H, Pratt A. Bringing it all back home: The extensification and 'overflowing' of work. The case of San Francisco's new media households. Geoforum 2006, 37(3), 331-339.
- Jarvis H. Moving to London time: Household co-ordination and the infrastructure of everyday life. Time and Society 2005, 14(1), 133-154.
- Ekinsmyth C, Elmshirst R, Holloway S, Jarvis H. ‘Love changes all: making some noise by ‘coming out’ as mothers’. In: Women and Geography Study Group, ed. Geography and Gender Reconsidered. Dundee: WGSG, 2004, pp.96-107.
- Jarvis H. 'Lunch is for wimps': What drives parents to work long hours in 'successful' British and US cities?. Area 2002, 34(4), 340-352.
- Jarvis H. Urban sustainability as a function of compromises households make deciding where and how to Live: Portland and seattle compared. Local Environment 2001, 6(3), 239-256.
- Jarvis H. Housing mobility as a function of household structure: Towards a deeper explanation of housing-related disadvantage. Housing Studies 1999, 14(4), 491-505.
- Jarvis H. Identifying the relative mobility prospects of a variety of household employment structures, 1981-1991. Environment and Planning A 1999, 31(6), 1031-1046.
- Jarvis H. The tangled webs we weave: Household strategies to co-ordinate home and work. Work, Employment and Society 1999, 13(2), 225-247.