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.



Module Coordinator


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; rural governance and regional institutions; the role of older volunteers in shaping & maintaining rural services & development; & ethnography & the ethical implications of undertaking 'native', 'local' & 'insider' research.

Current Funded Research Projects:

  • 'Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies (ROBUST)', European Union Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges (Co-I), Website: www.rural-urban.eu
  • ESRC Civil Society Research Centre (WISERD) Theme 'Leader, Polarization, Austerity & Civic Deficits' www.wiserd.ac.uk 

Selected Previous Research Projects:

  • 'The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization (GLOBAL-RURAL)', European Research Council Advanced Grant, 2014-19 (Co-I, with Michael Woods). Website: www.global-rural.org

Current PhD students 

Emanuele Amo


Director of Undergraduate Studies, DGES

WISERD Civil Society Theme Leader, Polarisation, Austerity and Civic Deficit 

Research Groups


Yarker, S, Heley, J & Jones, L 2020, 'Stewardship of the rural: Conceptualising the experiences of rural volunteering in later life', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 76, pp. 184-192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2020.04.011
Heley, J, Welsh, M & Saville, S 2020, 'The fanta-sy of global products: Fizzy-drinks, differentiated ubiquity and the placing of globalization', Globalizations, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 683-697. https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2019.1686821
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
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
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