Owain joined CCRI in 2007. His research interests are in rural communities and rural childhood; landscape, place and nature; landscape, place and memory; tidal geographies; flooding history and community resilience; sustainable food chains. He has over ten years of post-doctoral research experience funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the RCUK Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.
His publications can be found at
Academia.edu/OwainJones. He is Chair of the
Royal Geographical Society Research Group on Children, Youth and Families; Associate Editor of the
Journal of Children’s Geographies, and on the Committee of the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group
Books and Book Contributions
External presentations in the UK and other activities
Jones O.and Garde-Hansen, J. (eds) (2012)
Geography and Memory. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Jones, O. (2011) Forest landscapes: Identity and Materiality, in E. Ritta and D. Dauksta (eds) Society, culture and forests: human-landscape relationships in a changing world, Guilford, Springer, pp 159 – 178.
Jones, O., Kirwan, J., Morris, C., Buller, H., Dunn, R., Hopkins, A., Whittington, F. and Wood, J. (2010) On the Alternativeness of Alternative Food Networks: sustainability and the co-production of social and ecological wealth, in D. Fuller A. Jones and R. Lee (eds) Alternative Spaces of Economy, Society and Politics: Interrogating Alterity, Oxford: Ashgate, pp 95 – 109.
Jones, O. (2010) ‘The Breath of the Moon’: The Rhythmic and Affective Time-spaces of UK Tides, in T. Edensor (ed) Geographies of Rhythm, Oxford: Ashgate, pp 189-203.
Jones, O. (2009) Dwelling. in R. Kitchen and N. Thrift (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (HUGY), London. Elsevier, Vol 3: 266-272.
Jones, O. (2009) Nature-Culture in R. Kitchen and N. Thrift (eds.), International Encyclopaedia of Geography, London. Elsevier, Vol 7: 309-323.
Jones, O. (2009) After Nature: Entangled Worlds in N. Castree, D. Demeritt, D. Liverman and B. Rhoads, (eds.), A Companion to Environmental Geography Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. pp 294-312.
Jones, O. (2009) Approaching the otherness of childhood; methodological considerations. In Van Blerk, L. and Kesby, M. (eds) Doing Children's Geographies: Methodological Issues in Research with Young People, London: Routledge, pp 195-212
Jones, O. and Cloke, P. (2008) Non-human agencies: trees, relationality, time and place, in C. Knappett and L. Malafouris, (eds.) Material Agency: towards a non-anthropocentric approach, Guilford: Springer. pp 79-96
Jones, O. (2008) Of Trees and Trails: place in a globalised world, in N. Clark, D. Massey, and P. Sarre (eds.) Material Geographies: A World in the Making, London: Sage in association with the Open University, pp 214-264.
Jones, O. (2007) Idylls and Othernesses: Depictions of Rural Childhood in Film. In R. Fish (ed.) Cinematic Countrysides, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Jones, O. (2007) Rurality and the Otherness of Childhood in a British context. In R. Panelli, S. Punch and E. Robson (eds.) Young Rural Lives: global perspectives on rural childhood and youth, London, Routledge, pp 193-204.
Jones, O. (2006) Non Human Rural Studies. In P. Cloke, T. Marsden and P. Mooney, (eds.) Handbook of Rural Studies, London: Sage, pp 185-200.
Jones, O. (2013 - in press) The Animality of Rural Landscapes in Affective Registers. UK. Landscape Research Journal, special edition on Animals and Landscape, (Ed.) Maggie Roe, University of Newcastle.
Jones O. (2013 - in press) Body Pictographs and the Disappeared: Ghosting (through) City Spaces. A short essay with photographs. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, special edition on Enforced Disappearance, (Eds), Sara Gonzalez , and Kevin deJesus.
Jones, O. (2013 - accepted) “I was Born But..”.Further explorations of the otherness of children in emotional and affective registers as depicted in film and other media Special issue of Emotion Space and Society "(Re-)Thinking and Researching Children's Emotional Geographies” (eds.) M. Blazek and M. Windram-Geddes
Palmer, M. and Jones, O. (2013 - accepted) On Breathing and Geography. A discussion of data sonification and rhythms in processes, with illustrating examples from the tidal Severn Estuary (UK), Environment and Planning A.
McEwen, L. and Jones, O. (2012 in press) Building local/lay flood knowledges into community flood resilience planning after the July 2007 floods. Hydrology Research.
Jones, O. (2011 - forthcoming) Geography, Memory and Non-representational Theory; Geography Compass, Social Geography Section
Jones, O. (2011 - forthcoming) Lunar-solar ryhthmpatterns: towards the material cultures of tides, Environmental and Planning A
Steeves, V. and Jones, O. (2010) Editorial: Surveillance and Children. Surveillance & Society, 7 (3/4): 187-191.
Jones, O. (2008) True geography [ ] quickly forgotten, giving away to an adult-imagined universe. Approaching the otherness of childhood. Special issue on Methodologies of Researching Childhood. Children's Geographies, (ed.) R. Baker pp 195-212.
Jones, O. (2008) Stepping from the Wreckage: Non-representational theory and the promise of pragmatism in special issue on Pragmatism and Geography, Geoforum, edited by N. Wood and S. Smith, Geoforum, 39, 1600-1612.
Brown B., Laurier E,. Lorimer H,. Jones O., Juhlin O., Noble A., Perry M., Pica D., Sormani P., Strebel I., Swan L., Taylor A., Watts L. and Weilenmann, A. (2008) Driving and passengering: notes on the natural organization of ordinary car travel, Mobilities, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 1 – 23.
Jones, O. (2007) Loudon's orders: Arnos Vale cemetery and the lively materialities of place, the
Journal of Garden History, special issue on Arboretum edited by S. Daniels, C. Watkins and P. Elliot, pp. 149-171.
(2007) Jones, O. (2007) 'Idylls and Othernesses: Depictions of Rural Childhood in Film', in R. Fish (ed.) Cinematic Countrysides, Manchester, Manchester University Press, pp 177-194.
Jones, O., Williams, M., Wood, L., and Fleuriot, C. (2006) Investigating New Wireless Technologies and their Potential Impact on Children's Spatiality: A role for GIS,
Transactions in GIS, 10(1), pp. 87-102.
Jones, O. (2012) Black rain and fireflies: the otherness of childhood as a non-colonising adult ideology Geography Vol 97 Part 3 Autumn 2012
Jones, O. (2010) Do Your Bit for Biodiversity. PlantLife, Issue 56, Spring 2010, pp 16-17.
Jones, O. (2007) What kind of Grass? Comment, Artisan Foods, Vol. 3, (1), 2007, pp 10-11.
Jones, O. (2006) Biodiversity on your Plate, The Organic Way, issue 184, summer, 2006, p 63.
Jones, O. (2006) Eating Biodiversity. Small Farms Association newsletter, Small Farms Association vol. 8, (2), Summer 2005, p. 5.
Jones, O. (2006) 'Of Trees and Trails: place in a globalised world', in N. Clark, D. Massey, and P. Sarre (eds.) Life in A Globalised World, Milton Keynes: Open University, pp 214-264.
Short, C., Fisher, R., Mills,J., Jones,O., Gaskell, P., Kambites, C., Cairns. A and Manley, W. (2012) Integrated Biodiversity Delivery Area Programme: Selection and Development Phase Evaluation. Report for Natural England.
Dunn, R. M., Hopkins, A., Buller, H., Jones, O., Morris, C., Wood, J., Whittington, F. and Kirwan, J. (2007)
Can biological diversity act as an input into sustainable rural development? A case-study using salt-marsh raised lamb. In: Hopkins J. (ed) High Value Grassland, BGS Occasional Symposium 38. Cirencester: British Grassland Society.
(2010) Animal Geography is Animal Life. Towards narratives of the embodied, emplaced, geographic becomings of animals. 'Sentient Creatures: Transforming biopolitics and life matters' Conference, University of Oslo, 16-17 September.
(2010) Keynote speech on UK Rural Culture and Art at the Inland – Art, Agricultures and Countryside International Conference, Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid, October.
(2009) Creative industries and sustainable rural development. ESF SCH/SCSS Exploratory Workshop, Exploring Creative Cities: The Cultural and Economic Values of Cultural Industry Clusters, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 28-30 May.
(2009) Close to: on the embodied, emplaced (and thus) geographical becomings of animals. Welfare Quality International Conference. Knowing Animals: cross-fertilization between natural and social sciences for understanding the quality of life of animals. Florence, March, 2009.
(2006) Uncommon Ground: dwelling and affect (in) place/landscape as a meeting ground for art and geography.
Sensi/eable Spaces: Space, Art and the Environment Conference at the University of Iceland, ReykjavÃk. June.
External presentations in the UK and other activities
(2010/11) External PhD examiner for the University of Reading, Dept of Geography; King's College London, Dept of Geography; and University of Ulster, School of Media, Film and Journalism.
PhD supervisor for:
Dirk Pardoel, University of the West of England. Title: “Dwelling as an approach to landscape and place; a comparative study.”
Gillian Cope, University of the West of England. Title: “Towards new understandings of visitor experiences and practices at National Trust sites and their implications for future NT research & management.”
Oliver Moss, University of Gloucestershire. Title: "Meteorological Imaginations. Towards geographies of affective practices of weather, atmospherics and landscapes".
Chair of the Royal Geographical Society Research Group on Children, Youth and Families
Associate Editor Journal of Children’s Geographies
Committee Socal and Cultural Geography Research Group http://www.scgrg.org/
(2011) Convenor of Meteorological Imaginations. Towards geographies of affective practices of weather, atmospherics and landscapes. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2011. Sponsored by SCGRG, CCRG & HGRG. Owain Jones & Oliver Moss (Northumbria University) (3 x 4 paper sessions)
(2011) Convenor of Imaginative Geographies: Where Land and Water Meet. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2011.Spondered by RGRG and CMWG. Julie Urquhart (University of Greenwich); Tim Acott (University of Greenwich) & Owain Jones. (2 x 5 paper sessions).
(2011) Black Rain and Fireflies: Filmic depictions of children's emotional and affective geographies within adult structured worlds; ‘Researching and (re)imagining children's emotions in geography’ Session; sponsored CGCYFRG; RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2011, London.
(2011) Up Close and Personal: Witnessing the spatio-embodied narratives of individual animal lives. Animal Geography. Status: Endangered? Session; RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2011, London.
(2011) Imagining (Hidden) Instances of Rural Displacement in the UK. Imagined Ruralities Session; RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2011, London.
(2011) Hidden/Other Geographies of Displacement and Compulsory Purchase in the UK. Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences, Seminar Series, Aberystwyth University, May.
(2011) Sylvan Spirits. Trees as makers and shapers of strange places. Strange Naturalisms: reflections on occult geographies workshop; Dept of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. February.
(2010) Opening Spaces through Re-invention of Restoration: Approaching commons through new conceptualisations of places and landscapes and environmental management,
'The End of Tradition? Aspects of Commons and Cultural Severance in the
Landscape', Sheffield Hallam University on 15 - 17 September, co-authored with
(2010) Jones O. and Kirkpatrick D. (2010) The Severn Estuary, poets (artists) and us. Geography and Twentieth Century British Poetry Session, sponsored by Social and Cultural Geography Research Group, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 1-3rd September.
(2010) Convenor of Social and Cultural Geographies of Rural and Urban Coasts, 2010 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, co-sponsored by: Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG), Social and Cultural Research Group (SCRG), Coastal and Marine Working Group (CMWG). Owain Jones and Kim Ward University of Exeter (2 x 5 paper sessions)
(2010) Tides, coasts and people: culture, ecology and sustainability. CoastNet 10th Littoral Conference, Littoral 2010 – an international conference for researchers and practitioners, "Adapting to global change at the coast: Leadership, Innovation, and Investment". September.
Jones O. and Lyons A. (2010) Traces of Tide & Time in Bristol. Paper given at ‘A Second City Remembered: Rethinking Bristol’s History, 1400-2000’. A conference organized by the Regional History Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol, in partnership with M-Shed, the Museum of Bristol, University of the West of England, Bristol, 23-24 July.
(2010) Forest landscapes: Affective Embodiment, Identity and Materiality, Trees and Forests in British Society Conference, Forestry Commission, Social and Economic Research Group , Edinburgh, April.
(2009) Animality and Rurality: Opening up Affective Registers, Departmental seminar, Department of Geography, University of Plymouth, December.
(2009) Idyllists and Idyllisation: contemporary, affective performances of community and “neo-idyll” in an English village, Departmental seminar, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, November.
(2009) Domestic feline geographies; Understanding Human Behaviour Through Human/Animal Interactions. ESRC Seminar series, Workshop 2, October. University of Bristol, Langford. (Funded).
(2009) Guest editor of Special Issue of the journal of Surveillance & Society Surveillance, Children and Childhood with Valerie Steeves (University of Ottawa).
(2009 ongoing) External PhD examiner, Dept of Geography , Kings College, University of London.
(2009) The Severn Crossings: displacement and parallaxes of memory, self and landscape around the Severn Estuary. Living Landscapes Conference. AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme, Aberystwyth, 18-21 June.
(2009) Re-Imagining Children in the City; Childhood in the 21st Century, multidisciplinary seminar series, Childhood Research Group, University of the West of England (March, 2009)
(2009) Long Views and Longing: Geographies of Memory in Landscape, Seminar on Landscape and Memory and Identity, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Northumbria University (Feb 2009).
(2009) Convenor of Geography and Memory, Co-sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group and the Social & Cultural Geography Research Group. RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Manchester: 26-28 August.
Short C. and Jones O. (2009) Memory, Place and Conservation, in ‘Geography and Memory', Co-sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group and the Social & Cultural Geography Research Group. RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Manchester: 26-28 August.
(2009) Intimate Knowledge: Building local/lay knowledge and sense of place into Flood Resilience planning after the July 2007 floods in the UK, Valuing Place: Environmental Policy Formation and Enactment session, sponsored by the PERG Research Group, RGS/IBG annual conference 2009, Manchester. With Professor Lindsey McEwen : University of Gloucestershire & Dr Laurence Carmichael: University of the West of England.
(2009) The Parallax of Memory as experienced in the everyday landscape of train commuting.
'Life going on and on: time, embodiment, ageing', Co-Sponsored by: Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group and Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Working Group. RGS/IBG annual conference 2009, Manchester.
(2008) 'Emptiness and presence in photographed and (un)remembered landscapes of the Severn Estuary, 'Perfomativity and Emptiness Closing Symposium' AHRC Landscape and Environment Network, Avonmouth.07 06 2008
(2008) 'Walking tidal time-spaces of the Bristol Channel shore; video and autoethnographies of memoried place': Plenary Paper, 'Rural Walking' session: Peripatetic Practices: A Workshop on Walking. Royal Holloway, University of London (ESRC sponsored), 31 03 2008
(2008) 'Slicing open the parturiency of emptiness', Symposium on Avonmouth Severn Beach Littoral Weekend Workshop. AHRC Landscape and Environment Network. 17 03 2008. Bristol.
(2008) 'Severn Beach: Margins and Registers'. Avonmouth Severn Beach Littoral Weekend Workshop. AHRC Landscape and Environment Network Event. 25-27th Jan 2008, Avonmouth.
(2007) 'Tasty Science: Interdisciplinarity within and beyond geography' RELU Interdisciplinarity session; RGS-IBG 2007 Annual Conference. With Buller, H., Morris, C., Kirwan, J., Wood, J., Whittingham, F., Hopkins, A., and Dunn, R.
(2007) "The Breath of the Moon"; vignettes of the lively temporalities of tides in the Severn Estuary. In, Lively non-human temporalities: towards rhythmanalysis of hybrid nature-society time-spaces (RGRG2). RGS-IBG 2007 Annual Conference.
(2007) 'Dark Matter: Memory, Writing and Landscape' Writing Landscape. An Interdisciplinary Symposium for Scholars Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. London: University College, London.
(2007) Relationality, materiality, non-humans, place and politics in Relationality: Concepts, Politics, Future (HPGRG2), RGS-IBG 2007 Annual Conference.
(2007) 'Keynote address' Childhood: Exploring Difference, Critiquing Crisis; RGS Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Working Group Workshop Series: Workshop 2, Swansea University 18 May.
(2006) Eating Biodiversity - a means of meeting the ecological challenges of agriculture. British Ecological Society Annual Conference, September, University of Oxford, U.K. With Dunn, R.M., Hopkins, A., Buller, H., Morris, C., Wood, J.D., Whittington, F. and Kirwan, J.
(2006) The case of the missing ecologies: really embedding alternative/local food networks within nature in the pursuit of ecological and social sustainability, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 30 August - 1 September. With Buller, H., Morris, C. and Kirwan, J.
(2006) Forward to the new past? New formations of farmer knowledges in ecologically founded Alternative Agri-Food Networks (AAFNS) - RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 30 August - 1 September. With Buller, H., Morris, C, and Kirwan. J.
(2006) Further explorations of childhood, disorder and the visualized materiality of the city. The Material and Visual Cultures of Childhood and Youth Conference; Goldsmiths College, University of London; 5 - 6 May.
(2006) Loudon's orders: Arnos Vale cemetery and the lively materialities of place, AHRC sponsored International Conference on the History of Arboretums, Linnean Society, London, 6 - 8 September. Symposium of Arboretum.
(2006) The case of the missing ecologies: really embedding alternative/local food networks within nature in the pursuit of ecological and social sustainability. Departmental Seminar, Department of Geography, University of Exeter.
Public service activities
Founder member of the Priston Action Group for the Environment (PAGE).
Founder and Chair of Priston (rural community arts)Festival