Dr Jesse Heley

BA, MA and PhD from DGES.

Dr Jesse Heley

Senior Lecturer

Institute Director of Employability and Enterprise

Department Director of Employability and Enterprise

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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

Research Groups


Assessing the Impacts of Changing Public Service Provision on Geographical Accessibility: an examination of public library provision in Pembrokeshire, South WalesHiggs, G., Jones, S., Langford, M. & Heley, J. 2017 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.36, 3, p. 548-56821 p.
Regions rock: Heavy Metal and the role of music in the construction of regional identity for the British MidlandsHeley, J. & Welsh, M. 2017 Reanimating Regions: Culture, Politics, Performance. Riding, J. & Jones, M. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 26-4520 p. (Regions and Cities)
Researching the Everyday Global CountrysideHeley, J., Kavokapic-Skoko, B., Vallejos, R. & Webster , N. 2016
Bottling globalization in rural localitiesHeley, J. & Welsh, M. 2016
Site Selection Issues for Small Area Field Research: Globalization in and through Rural Localities Heley, J. & Welsh, M. 2016
Post-pastoral?: Rethinking religion and the reconstruction of rural spaceJones, R. & Heley, J. 2016 In : Journal of Rural Studies.45, p. 15-239 p.
Defending the post-pastoral: A Response to Michael WinterJones, R. & Heley, J. 2016 In : Journal of Rural Studies.
Researching Rural Change and GlobalizationHeley, J. & Jones, L. 2016
Between Man and Nature: The enduring wisdom of Sir Halford J. MackinderHughes, R. G. & Heley, J. 2015 In : Journal of Strategic Studies.38, 6, p. 898-93538 p.
Locating the Mid Wales EconomyHeley, J., Jones, L. & Watkin, S. R. 2015 People, Places and Policy: Knowing Contemporary Wales Through New Localities. Jones, M., Orford, S. & Macfarlane, V. (eds.). Cardiff: Taylor & Francis, p. 118-142 (Regions and Cities)
New Localities in Action and reaction: Knowing Contemporary Wales Through New LocalitiesHeley, J. 2015 People, Places and Policy: Knowing contemporary Wales through new localities. Jones, M., Orford, S. & Macfarlane, V. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, (Regions and Cities)
Unravelling the global wool assemblageHeley, J., Jones, L. & Woods, M. 2015
Wales’ hidden globaleconomy: uncovering thetransnational networks of smalltown SMEsHeley, J., Woods, M., Jones, L., Welsh, M. & Onyeahialam, A. I. 2015
Everyday Globalization in a Small Rural TownWoods, M., Heley, J. & Jones, L. 2015
Governing beyond the metropolis: Placing the rural in city-region developmentHarrison, J. & Heley, J. 2015 In : Urban Studies.52, 6, p. 1113-1133
Local Cultures of the Ceredigion Economy: Practices of Endogenous Development in Rural Mid WalesJones, L., Heley, J. & Watkin, S. R. 2015 Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions . McDonagh, J., Nienaber, B. & Woods, M. (eds.). Taylor & Francis
Practices of Participation and Voluntarism amongst Older People in Rural Wales: Choice, Obligation and Constraints to Active AgeingJones, L. & Heley, J. 2015 In : Sociologia Ruralis.21 p.
Central Asia in International Relations: The Legacies of Halford MackinderHeley, J. 2014 In : Intelligence and National Security.30, 4, p. 570-5734 p.
Reviewing and Renewing Class: The Prospects for a Twenty-first Century Rural Class Analysis Heley, J. 2014 Rural Cooperation in Europe: In Search of the 'Relational Rurals' . Kasabov, E. (ed.). Basingstoke: Springer Nature, p. 135161 p.
Wales & Recession: Rural communitiesHeley, J. & Woods, M. 2014
The Central and West Coast LocalityHeley, J., Jones, L. & Watkin, S. R. 2014 Contemporary Wales: Spaces, Regions and Devolution. Jones, M. & Orford, S. (eds.). Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press
Governing beyond the metropolis: placing the rural in city-region developmentHeley, J. 2013
Post-pastoral?: Rethinking religion and the reconstruction of rural spaceJones, R. & Heley, J. 2013
Post-pastoral?: Rethinking religion and the reconstruction of rural spaceJones, R. D. & Heley, J. 2013
Doing Space Relationally: Exploring the Meaningful Geographies of Local GovernmentJones, L. J., Mann, R. & Heley, J. 2013 In : Geoforum.45, p. 190-200
Growing older and social sustainability: Considering the ‘serious leisure’ practices of the over 60s in rural communitiesHeley, J. & Jones, L. J. 2013 In : Social and Cultural Geography.14, 3, p. 276-29934 p.
Governing beyond the metropolis - placing the rural in city-region developmentHarrison , J. & Heley, J. 2013 Mobilizing Regions : Territorial Strategies For Growth .Regional Studies Association, p. 54-573 p.
Cultures of local economy in a Celtic fringe regionHeley, J., Gardner, G. S. & Watkin, S. R. 2012 In : European Urban and Regional Studies.19, 4, p. 366-382
Relational rurals: Some thoughts on relating things and theory in rural studiesHeley, J. & Jones, L. 2012 In : Journal of Rural Studies.28, 3, p. 208-21710 p.
Soft spaces, fuzzy boundaries and spatial governance in post-devolution WalesHeley, J. 2012 In : International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.37, 4, p. 1325-134823 p.
Partnership working in Regions: Reflections on local government collaboration in WalesHeley, J. & Moles, K. 2012 In : Regional Science Policy & Practice.4, 2, p. 139-15314 p.
Rural People and the LandWoods, M., Heley, J., Richards, C. & Watkin, S. R. 2012 Making Sense of Place: Multidisciplinary Perspectives . Convery, I., Corsane, G. & Davis, P. (eds.). Boydell & Brewer
Physical proximity and techno-cultural propinquity: Illuminating the banal practices of cross-institutional workingHeley, J. & Burgess, S. 2012
Senior citizens & endogenous service provision in rural communitiesHeley, J. & Jones, L. 2012
Devolution in Wales: Fiddling with spatial governance while the economy burnsHeley, J. & Jones, M. R. 2012 Changing Gear: Is localism the New Regionalism . London : Smith Institute, p. 56-6610 p.
On the Potential of Being a Village Boy: An Argument for Local Rural EthnographyHeley, J. 2011 In : Sociologia Ruralis.p. 219-23719 p.
Relational Resilience? Considering older people’s connected rural livesHeley, J. & Jones, L. 2011
Older people’s Connected Rural Lives ProjectHeley, J. 2011
Woolworths and Wales: A multi-dimensional analysis of the loss of a local brandSmith , R., Heley, J. & Stafford , I. 2011 In : Sociological Research Online .16, 1
Institutionalizing regions: Political Geographies of the Wales Spatial PlanHeley, J. 2010
The revival of regionalism? A multi-scalar approach to the reconfiguration of public service delivery in WalesHeley, J. & Stafford , I. 2010 p. 21 p.
The new squirearchy and emergent cultures of the new middle classes in rural areasHeley, J. 2010 In : Journal of Rural Studies.26, 4, p. 321-33111 p.
Partnerships, Power and PlaceHeley, J. & Moles , K. 2010
Institutionalizing Regions: Political Geographies of Contemporary WalesHeley, J. 2010
Brave New Localities?: Cultures of Local Economy in a Celtic Fringe RegionHeley, J. & Watkin, S. R. 2009
Rounds, Range Rovers and rurality: The drinking geographies of a New SquirearchyHeley, J. 2008 In : Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy.15, 3, p. 315-3217 p.
Rural People and the Land: The Case for ConnectionsConvery, I., Dutson, T., Heley, J., Richards, R. G., Rogers, R., Storey, D., Watkin, S. R. & Woods, M. 2008 Commission for Rural Communities.