Prof Rhys Jones

Prof Rhys Jones

Head of Department (Geography)

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My work lies at the intersection between political, historical and cultural geography and focuses in particular on the various geographies of the state and its related group identities. I have addressed the geographies of the state in a variety of contexts, ranging from the various organisational, territorial and cultural changes associated with the state-making process in medieval Wales to the more contemporary processes of territorial and functional restructuring affecting the UK state. My work on these themes has appeared in a variety of different journal articles as well as a monograph - People/States/Territories - published by Blackwell as part of the RGS-IBG Book Series. I have also examined the geographies of group identity in a number of different contexts. Work here includes my research on the emergence of ethnic identities in medieval Wales and my more current research on the geographies of Welsh identity in the late twentieth century. This latter work has recently appeared in a book entitled Placing the Nation (with Carwyn Fowler). My research, to date, has been supported by funding from the ESRC, the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy and the University of Wales' Board of Celtic Studies.

I teach on a number of these research themes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Most of teaching is done through the medium of Welsh but I also teach on some English-medium modules in the field of political geography. I have also sought to consolidate my competence in teaching through publishing a textbook entitled An Introduction to Political Geography (with Martin Jones and Mike Woods). My competence in teaching was confirmed when I received an Aberystwyth University Award for Teaching Excellence in 2005.

Teaching

Research Groups

Publications

2017

Whitehead, M., Jones, R., Pykett, J., Howell, R., Lilley, R. 2017. Neuroliberalism: Behavioural Government in the 21st Century. Taylor & Francis Cadair

2016

Pykett, J., Jones, R., Whitehead, M. 2016. Psychological Governance and Public Policy: Governing the Mind, Brain and Behaviour. Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics Taylor & Francis, Abingdon Cadair

Pykett, J., Howell, R., Lilley, R., Jones, R., Whitehead, M. 2016. Governing Mindfully: shaping policy makers' emotional engagements with behaviour change. In E. Jupp., J. Pykett., F. M. Smith. (eds) Emotional States: Sites and Spaces of affective governance. Taylor & Francis pp. 69-84. Cadair

Merriman, P., Jones, R. 2016. National bodies and affects: A reply to Antonsich and Skey. Progress in Human Geography pp. 1-3. Cadair

Merriman, P., Jones, R. 2016. Nations, materialities and affects. Progress in Human Geography Cadair

Jones, R., Ross, A. 2016. National sustainabilities. Political Geography 51 pp. 53-62. Cadair

Jones, R., Merriman, P., Mills, S. 2016. Youth organizations and the reproduction of nationalism in Britain: the role of Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Social and Cultural Geography 17 (5) pp. 714-734. Cadair

Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R., Jones, R., Pykett, J. 2016. Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Environmental Policy. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University Cadair

Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R., Jones, R., Pykett, J. 2016. Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy - Evaluation Report 2. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth Cadair

2015

Whitehead, M., Lilley, R., Howell, R., Jones, R., Pykett, J. 2015. (RE)Inhabiting Awareness: Geography and Mindfulness. Social and Cultural Geography 17 (4) pp. 553-573. Cadair

2014

Jones, M., Jones, R., Woods, M., Whitehead, M.J., Dixon, D.P., Hannah, M.G. 2014. An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. 2ndth edn, Taylor & Francis Cadair

Welsh, M., Jones, R., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M. 2014. The ‘problem gambler’ and socio-spatial vulnerability. In F. Gobet., M. Schiller. (eds) Problem Gambling: Cognition, Prevention and Treatment. Springer Nature, London pp. 156-187. Cadair

Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R., Jones, R., Pykett, J. 2014. Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy: An Evaluation. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University

Whitehead, M., Jones, R., Howell, R., Lilley, R., Pykett, J. 2014. Nudging All Over the World: Assessing the global impact of the behavioural sciences on public policy. Economic and Social Research Council Cadair

Jones, R., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M. 2014. The geographies of policy translation: How nudge became the default policy option. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 32 (1) pp. 54-69. Cadair

Pykett, J., Jones, R., Welsh, M., Whitehead, M. 2014. The art of choosing and the politics of social marketing. Policy Studies 35 (2) pp. 97-114. Cadair

2013

Jones, R., Heley, J. 2013. Post-pastoral?: Rethinking religion and the reconstruction of rural space. Rurality – New Perspectives and Themes Conference. Cadair

Jones, R., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M. 2013. Behaviour Change policies in the UK: An anthropological perspective. Geoforum 48 pp. 33-41. Cadair

Jones, R.A., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M.J. 2013. Changing Behaviours: On the Rise of the Psychological State. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham Cadair

Merriman, P., Jones, R. 2013. Networking communities: mobility, nationalism and the historical geographies of connective infrastructures. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Merriman, P.R., Jones, R.A., Cresswell, T.J., Divall, C., Mom, G., Sheller, M., Urry, J. 2013. Mobility: geographies, histories, sociologies. Transfers 3 (1) pp. 147-165. Cadair

2012

Whitehead, M., Jones, R., Pykett, J., Welsh, M. 2012. Geography, libertarian paternalism and neuro-politics in the UK. Geographical Journal 178 (4) pp. 302-307. Cadair

Goodwin, M., Jones, M., Jones, R. 2012. Rescaling the state: Devolution and the geographies of economic governance. Devolution Manchester University Press Cadair

Jones, R., Merriman, P. 2012. Network nation. Environment and Planning A 45 (4) pp. 937. Cadair

Jones, R. 2012. State encounters. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30 (5) pp. 805-821. Cadair

2011

Jones, R.A., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M. 2011. Governing Temptation: Changing behaviour in and Age of Libertarian Paternalism. Progress in Human Geography 35 (4) pp. 483-501.

Pykett, J., Jones, R.A., Whitehead, M.J., Huxley, M., Strauss, K., Gill, N., Mcgeevor, K., Thompson, L., Newman, J. 2011. Interventions in the political geography of ‘libertarian paternalism’. Political Geography 30 (6) pp. 301-310. Cadair

Jones, R. 2011. Pwtiau a’r ymgais i newid ymddygiad yn y Deyrnas Gyfunol. Cyfres Seminarau Ymchwil Cyfrwng Cymraeg Prifysgol Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth University’s Welsh medium Research Seminar Series). Cadair

Jones, R., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M. 2011. The Geographies of Soft Paternalism in the UK: The Rise of the Avuncular State and Changing Behaviour after Neoliberalism. Geography Compass 5 (1) pp. 50-62. Cadair

Whitehead, M.J., Jones, R., Pykett, J. 2011. Governing irrationality, or a more than rational government? Reflections on the re-scientisation of decision-making in British Public Policy. Environment and Planning A 43 (12) pp. 2819-2837. Cadair

2010

Jones, R., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M. 2010. Big Society's Little Nudges: The Changing Politics of Health Care in an Age of Austerity. Political Studies 1 (3) pp. 85-87. Cadair

Jones, R.A. 2010. Anssi Paasi. In P. Hubbard., R. Kitchin. (eds) Anssi Paasi. Key Thinkers on Space and Place, 2nd edition SAGE Publications pp. 315-320. Cadair

Jones, R. 2010. Learning beyond the state: the pedagogical spaces of the CAB service. Citizenship Studies 14 (6) pp. 725-738.

2009

Merriman, P., Jones, R. 2009. 'Symbols of Justice': The Welsh Language Society’s campaign for bilingual road signs in Wales, 1967-1980. Journal of Historical Geography 35 (2) pp. 350-375.

Jones, R., Merriman, P. 2009. Hot, banal and everyday nationalism: Bilingual road signs in Wales. Political Geography 28 (3) pp. 164-173.

Jones, R. 2009. Making up the Welsh citizen: Wales and the Citizens' Advice Bureau. Trafodion Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion | Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 15 Cadair

Jones, R., Pykett, J., Whitehead, M. 2009. Governing temptation: the emerging geographies of soft paternalism. Governing temptation: the emerging geographies of soft paternalism. Cadair

Jones, R. 2009. Conveying the state: the role of CAB Service advisors. Conveying the state: the role of CAB Service advisors. Cadair

2008

Jones, R.A., Phillips, R. 2008. Imperial and anti-imperial constructions of civilisation: engagements with the pre-modern past. Geopolitics 13 (4) pp. 730-735. Cadair

Jones, R.A., Fowler, C.I. 2008. Fractured intellectuals and the nation: Cynog Dafis and Welsh nationalism. Contemporary Wales 21 (1) pp. 130-149. Cadair

Jones, R.A. 2008. Wales. In G. Herb., D. Kaplan. (eds) Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview. 1st edn, Greenwood Publishing Group pp. 1631-1641. Cadair

Jones, R. 2008. The political geographies of the Welsh nation. In G. H. Herb., D. H. Kaplan. (eds) Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview. Greenwood Publishing Group Cadair

Jones, R.A. 2008. Relocating nationalism: on the geographies of reproducing nations. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 33 (3) pp. 319-334. Cadair

Jones, R.A., Fowler, C.I. 2008. Placing the Nation: Aberystwyth and the Reproduction of Welsh Nationalism. Politics and Society in Wales Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair

2007

Jones, R. 2007. People - States - Territories: The Political Geographies of British State Transformation. Wiley

Whitehead, M., Jones, R.A., Jones, M.R. 2007. The nature of the state: excavating the political ecologies of the modern state. Oxford University Press Cadair

Fowler, C.I., Jones, R. 2007. Placing and scaling the nation. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 25 (2) pp. 332-354.

Jones, R., Fowler, C.I. 2007. Where is Wales?: Narrating the territories and borders of the Welsh linguistic nation. Regional Studies 41 (1) pp. 89-101. Cadair

2006

Jones, R.A., Jones, M.R., Whitehead, M. 2006. Spatializing the Ecological Leviathan: Territorial Strategies and the Production of Regional Natures. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 88 (1) pp. 49-65.

Goodwin, M., Jones, M.R., Jones, R.A. 2006. Devolution and economic governance in the UK: Rescaling territories and organizations. European Planning Studies 14 (7) pp. 979-995. Cadair

Goodwin, M., Jones, M.R., Jones, R.A. 2006. The theoretical challenge of devolution and constitutional change in the United Kingdom. In M. Tewdwr-Jones., P. Allmendinger. (eds) Territory, Identity and Spatial Planning: Spatial governance in a fragmented nation. Taylor & Francis pp. 35-46. Cadair

2005

Desforges, L.C., Jones, R., Woods, M. 2005. New Geographies of Citizenship. Citizenship Studies 9 (5) pp. 439-451. Cadair

Fowler, C.I., Jones, R. 2005. Environmentalism and nationalism in the UK. Environmental Politics 14 (4) pp. 541-545. Cadair

Goodwin, M.A., Jones, M.R., Jones, R.A. 2005. Devolution, constitutional change and economic development: explaining and understanding the new institutional geographies of the British state. Regional Studies 39 (4) pp. 421-436.

Phillips, R., Jones, R. 2005. Unsettling geographical horizons: Exploring premodern and non-european imperialism. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95 (1) pp. 141-161.

Jones, R.A., Goodwin, M., Jones, M.R., Pett, K. 2005. Filling in' the state: economic governance and the evolution of devolution in Wales. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 23 (3) pp. 337-360. Cadair

Jones, R., Fowler, C.I. 2005. Aberystwyth: Cryd cenedlaetholeb Cymreig. Barn Cadair

Jones, M., Goodwin, M.A., Jones, R. 2005. Economic governance and devolution. Regional Studies 39 Cadair

Jones, M.D., Goodwin, M.A., Jones, R. 2005. State modernization, devolution and economic governance: An introduction and guide to debate. Regional Studies 39 (4) pp. 397-403. Cadair

2004

Jones, M., Jones, R., Woods, M. 2004. An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. 1stth edn, Taylor & Francis Cadair

Jones, R. 2004. What time human geography? Progress in Human Geography 28 (3) pp. 287-304.

Jones, R.A., Goodwin, M., Jones, M.R., Simpson, G. 2004. Devolution, state personnel, and the production of new territories of governance in the United Kingdom. Environment and Planning A 36 (1) pp. 89-109. Cadair

Jones, M.R., Jones, R.A. 2004. Nation states, ideological power and globalisation: can geographers catch the boat? Geoforum 35 (4) pp. 409-424. Cadair

2002

Goodwin, M., Jones, M.R., Jones, R.A., Pett, K., Simpson, G. 2002. Devolution and economic governance in the UK: uneven geographies, uneven capacities? Local Economy 17 (3) pp. 200-215. Cadair