Dr Jesse Heley

BA, MA and PhD from DGES.

Dr Jesse Heley

Senior Lecturer

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


Unravelling the Global Wool Assemblage: researching place and production networks in the global countrysideJones, L., Heley, J. & Woods, M., 2019 , In : Sociologia Ruralis.59, 1, p. 137-158
The ROBUST Conceptual Framework: A Guide for Practitioners (ROBUST Deliverable 1.5)Woods, M., Heley, J. & Goodwin-Hawkins, B., 2018 , 23 p.
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 .
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