Dr Laura Jones

PhD, MA, BA (Aberystwyth University)

Dr Laura Jones

Post Doctoral Research Associate (Global Rural)

Contact Details


From 2012-2014, I worked as a Research Associate with the Wales Rural Observatory undertaking mixed methods research on social, economic and environmental issues in rural Wales in support of the Rural Development Plan. Here I worked on two main projects: 1. Migrant workers in Rural Wales and the South Wales Valleys 2. Older People and Place in Wales: Demography, Policy and Community

Prior to this, I worked in DGES as a researcher/administrator on two multi-institutional projects: first, the European Union FP7 project DERREG (Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization) coordinated by Professor Mike Woods and, second, the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).

I completed my PhD in 2010 on 'Practising post-9/11 conspiracy: a common-place geopolitics', which drew on critical/feminist geopolitics literatures to examine how conspiracy has informed particular ways of understanding and practising geopolitics for both publics and politicians in the context of post-9/11 America.


Group Affliation

  • New Political Geographies

Research Interests:

My research interests are broadly in the areas of rural geography and rural development; small-scale horticulture and local food systems; rural population ageing, civil society and social participation; and feminist (geo)political approaches to the everyday and embodied practice.

Current Research:

  • Research Associate on the project 'The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization' (GLOBAL-RURAL).

This is a five-year research project (Feb 2014 - Jan 2019) funded by the European Research Council. The project aims to advance understanding of globalization and its workings in and through rural localities. The Principal Investigator is Professor Mike Woods and the research team includes Dr Jesse Heley and Dr Marc Welsh (all DGES).

GLOBAL-RURAL is organized around five research-focused work packages and will draw on field research in a range of countries. For the first two years of the project I will primarily be working on WP3, 'A Countertopography of Everyday Globalization'. This will explore the practices and experiences of everyday globalization in a rural small town through an in-depth study of Newtown in mid Wales. We will be blogging about our research here:

  • Research Associate with the ESRC-funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre.

WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods) will undertake a five-year research programme (from Oct 2014) of policy relevant research addressing Civil Society in Wales, the UK and Internationally.

Together with Dr Jesse Heley (DGES), I will lea

Research Groups


Researching Rural Change and GlobalizationHeley, J. & Jones, L. 2016
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)
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
Newtown / Y Drenewydd: A story of Newtown, PowysWelsh, M., Jones, L. & Pugh, D. 2015 45 p.
Everyday Globalization in a Small Rural TownWoods, M., Heley, J. & Jones, L. 2015
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.
Migrant workers in Rural Wales and the South Wales ValleysJones, L. & Lever, J. 2014 Wales Rural Observatory. 79 p.
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
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.
Case Study Contextual Report 7: PomurskaJones, L., Woods, M., Lampic, B. & Mrak, I. 2012 DERREG.
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.
Senior citizens & endogenous service provision in rural communitiesHeley, J. & Jones, L. 2012
DERREG: Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in the Era of GlobalizationJones, L. & Woods, M. 2012 DERREG.
Case Study Contextual Report 6: GoriskaJones, L., Woods, M. & Lampic, B. 2012 DERREG.
The common-place geopolitics of conspiracyJones, L. 2012 In : Geography Compass.6, 1, p. 44-5916 p.
Case Study Contextual Report 5: SaarlandJones, L., Woods, M., Nienaber, B. & Frys, W. 2012 DERREG.
Case Study Contextual Report 10: Comarca de VerinJones, L., Woods, M. & Dominguez, L. 2012 DERREG.
Case Study Contextual Report 9: Alytus CountyJones, L., Woods, M. & Kairyte, E. 2012 DERREG.
Case Study Contextual Report 3: WesterkwartierJones, L., Woods, M., Roep, D. & Wellbrock, W. 2012 DERREG.
Case Study Contextual Report 8: West Region of IrelandJones, L., Woods, M., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. & McDonagh, J. 2011 DERREG.
Relational Resilience? Considering older people’s connected rural livesHeley, J. & Jones, L. 2011
DERREG: Project Periodic ReportWoods, M. & Jones, L. 2011 Framework Programme 7.
Case Study Contextual Report 1: Jihomoravsky krajWoods, M., Jones, L., Vaishar, A., Stastna, M., Trnka, P. & Mrazkova, H. 2011 European Commission. 26 p.
Case Study Contextual Report 2: Oevre NorrlandJones, L., Woods, M., Copus, A., Dubois, A. & Hedstrom, M. 2011 European Commission.
Case Study Contextual Report 4: Direktionsbezirk DresdenJones, L., Woods, M., Kriszan, M. & Krol, T. 2011 DERREG.
‘How do the American people know..?’: embodying post-9/11 conspiracy discourseJones, L. 2010 In : GeoJournal.75, 4, p. 359-37113 p.
New directions in critical geopolitics: An introductionJones, L. & Sage, D. 2010 In : GeoJournal.75, 4, p. 315-32511 p.
A Geopolitical Mapping of the Post-9/11 WorldJones, L. 2008 In : Aether: The Journal of Media Geography.3, p. 37-5721 p.