Dr Jesse Heley

BA, MA and PhD from DGES.

Dr Jesse Heley

Senior Lecturer

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

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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


Jones, RD, Gawlewicz, A, Heley, J & Neal , S 2019, 'LA CAMPAGNA INGLESE NON È UN QUADRO DI CONSTABLE' Revista Italiana Di Geopolitica .
Heley, J, Welsh, M & Saville, S 2019, 'The fanta-sy of global products: fizzy-drinks, differentiated ubiquity and the placing of globalization' Globalizations.
Heley, J, Goodwin-Hawkins, B, Woods, M & Welsh, M 2019, 'The ‘problem’ of Mid Wales and rethinking rural-urban relations in wales after BREXIT' WISERD Annual Conference 2019, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 03 Jul 2019 - 04 Jul 2019, .
Jones, L, Heley, J & Woods, M 2019, 'Unravelling the Global Wool Assemblage: researching place and production networks in the global countryside' Sociologia Ruralis, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 137-158. https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12220
Heley, J, Jones, L & Yarker, S 2019, 'Volunteering in the Bath? The rise of Microvolunteering and implications for policy' Policy Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2019.1645324
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