Dr Jesse Heley BA, MA and PhD from DGES.
Jesse Heley was awarded a BA and MA from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Having completed his Ph.D. at the same institution on the subject of 'Rurality, Class, Aspiration and the Emergence of a New Squirearchy', Jesse was appointed as a Research Associate in DGES in 2009. He took up a Lectureship in Human Geography in the same department in April 2012.
Jesse is Research Associate of the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD). He is the Director of Employability & Enterprise for the Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology.
Jesse's research is situated within the broad fields of political geography, economic geography & spatial planning, being particularly concerned with rural restructuring & shifting class dynamics in the British countryside. Currently, Jesse's research addresses; the nature & impact of globalization in rural localities; the role of older volunteers in shaping & maintaining rural services & development; & ethnography & the ethical implications of undertaking 'native', 'local' & 'insider' research.'The Global Countryside: Rural Change & Development in Globalization' (GLOBAL-RURAL), Co-investigator with Professor Michael Woods (Principal Investigator).This is a five-year research project (Feb 2014 - Jan 2019) funded by the European Research Council.
‘Ageing, Serious Leisure & the Contribution of the Grey Economy’ Principal Investigator, with Dr Laura Jones, Dr Sophie Yarker & Professor Paul Milbourne). Part of the ESRC-funded ‘WISERD Civil Society Research Centre’, this work package is exploring the value that the non-working/ retired over 60s group attach to & extract from 'serious leisure' pursuits, the interaction between serious leisure & social class, & the value of serious leisure pursuits as part of the social & economic fabric of local & regional economies.
Current PhD Students
Márton Lendvay Will Andrews Greg Thomas Beth Saunders Fidel Budy
Assessing the Impacts of Changing Public Service Provision on Geographical Accessibility: an examination of public library provision in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy Cadair2017 (In press).
Regions rock: Heavy Metal and the role of music in the construction of regional identity for the British Midlands. In (eds) Reanimating Regions: Culture, Politics, Performance. Regions and Cities Taylor & Francis pp. 26-45. Cadair2017.
Researching the Everyday Global Countryside. XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology. Cadair2016.
Bottling globalization in rural localities. XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology. Cadair2016.
Site Selection Issues for Small Area Field Research: Globalization in and through Rural Localities . ESRC Researcg Methods Festival . Cadair2016.
Post-pastoral?: Rethinking religion and the reconstruction of rural space. Journal of Rural Studies 45 pp. 15-23. Cadair2016.
Defending the post-pastoral: A Response to Michael Winter. Journal of Rural Studies Cadair2016.
Researching Rural Change and Globalization. SUSPLACE Training Event . Cadair2016.
Between Man and Nature: The enduring wisdom of Sir Halford J. Mackinder. Journal of Strategic Studies 38 (6) pp. 898-935. Cadair2015.
Locating the Mid Wales Economy. In (eds) People, Places and Policy: Knowing Contemporary Wales Through New Localities. Regions and Cities Taylor & Francis, Cardiff pp. 118-142. Cadair2015.
New Localities in Action and reaction: Knowing Contemporary Wales Through New Localities. In (eds) People, Places and Policy: Knowing contemporary Wales through new localities. Regions and Cities Taylor & Francis Cadair2015.
Unravelling the global wool assemblage. XXVI ESRS Congress. Cadair2015.
Wales’ hidden globaleconomy: uncovering thetransnational networks of smalltown SMEs. WISERD Annual Conference 2015. Cadair2015.
Everyday Globalization in a Small Rural Town. Colloque international de géographie rurale. Cadair2015.
Governing beyond the metropolis: Placing the rural in city-region development. Urban Studies 52 (6) pp. 1113-1133. Cadair2015.
Local Cultures of the Ceredigion Economy: Practices of Endogenous Development in Rural Mid Wales. In (eds) Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions . Taylor & Francis Cadair2015.
Practices of Participation and Voluntarism amongst Older People in Rural Wales: Choice, Obligation and Constraints to Active Ageing. Sociologia Ruralis Cadair2015.
Reviewing and Renewing Class: The Prospects for a Twenty-first Century Rural Class Analysis . In (ed) Rural Cooperation in Europe: In Search of the 'Relational Rurals' . Springer Nature, Basingstoke pp. 135. Cadair2014.
Wales & Recession: Rural communities. WISERD: Wales & Recession Lecture Series. Cadair2014.
The Central and West Coast Locality. In (eds) Contemporary Wales: Spaces, Regions and Devolution. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair2014.
Central Asia in International Relations: The Legacies of Halford Mackinder. Intelligence and National Security 30 (4) pp. 570-573. Cadair2014.
Governing beyond the metropolis: placing the rural in city-region development. RSA Winter Conference, 22 November 2013. Cadair2013.
Post-pastoral?: Rethinking religion and the reconstruction of rural space. Rurality – New Perspectives and Themes Conference. Cadair2013.
Post-pastoral?: Rethinking religion and the reconstruction of rural space. WISERD 2013 Annual Conference. Cadair2013.
Doing Space Relationally: Exploring the Meaningful Geographies of Local Government. Geoforum 45 pp. 190-200. Cadair2013.
Growing older and social sustainability: Considering the ‘serious leisure’ practices of the over 60s in rural communities. Social and Cultural Geography 14 (3) pp. 276-299. Cadair2013.
Governing beyond the metropolis - placing the rural in city-region development. Mobilizing Regions : Territorial Strategies For Growth . Mobilising Regions: Territorial Strategies for Growth. Regional Studies Association pp. 54-57. Cadair2013.
Cultures of local economy in a Celtic fringe region. European Urban and Regional Studies 19 (4) pp. 366-382. Cadair2012.
Relational rurals: Some thoughts on relating things and theory in rural studies. Journal of Rural Studies 28 (3) pp. 208-217. Cadair2012.
Soft spaces, fuzzy boundaries and spatial governance in post-devolution Wales. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37 (4) pp. 1325-1348. Cadair2012.
Partnership working in Regions: Reflections on local government collaboration in Wales. Regional Science Policy & Practice 4 (2) pp. 139-153. Cadair2012.
Rural People and the Land. In (eds) Making Sense of Place: Multidisciplinary Perspectives . Boydell & Brewer Cadair2012.
Physical proximity and techno-cultural propinquity: Illuminating the banal practices of cross-institutional working. Third Annual WISERD Conference. Cadair2012.
Senior citizens & endogenous service provision in rural communities. Third Annual WISERD Conference. Cadair2012.
Devolution in Wales: Fiddling with spatial governance while the economy burns. Changing Gear: Is localism the New Regionalism . Smith Institute, London pp. 56-66. Cadair2012.
On the Potential of Being a Village Boy: An Argument for Local Rural Ethnography. Sociologia Ruralis pp. 219-237.2011.
Relational Resilience? Considering older people’s connected rural lives. WISERD Summer Conference 2011. Cadair2011.
Older people’s Connected Rural Lives Project. The Age Agenda in Aberystwyth – building collaborative research with older people on the challenges of ageing in the 21st Century. Cadair2011.
Woolworths and Wales: A multi-dimensional analysis of the loss of a local brand. Sociological Research Online 16 (1) Cadair2011.
The revival of regionalism? A multi-scalar approach to the reconfiguration of public service delivery in Wales. Regional Studies Association Winter Conference. Cadair2010.
The new squirearchy and emergent cultures of the new middle classes in rural areas. Journal of Rural Studies 26 (4) pp. 321-331.2010.
Partnerships, Power and Place. WISERD Summer Conference 2010. Cadair2010.
Institutionalizing Regions: Political Geographies of Contemporary Wales. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2010. Cadair2010.
Institutionalizing regions: Political Geographies of the Wales Spatial Plan. WISERD Policy Conference. Cadair2010.
Brave New Localities?: Cultures of Local Economy in a Celtic Fringe Region. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2009. Cadair2009.