Prof Rhys Jones

Prof Rhys Jones

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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.

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National bodies and affects: A reply to Antonsich and SkeyMerriman, P. & Jones, R. 2017 In : Progress in Human Geography.41, 6, p. 846-8483 p.
Politics done like Science: Critical Perspectives on Psychological Governance and the Experimental StateWhitehead, M. & Jones, R. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.40 p.
Nations, materialities and affectsMerriman, P. & Jones, R. 2017 In : Progress in Human Geography.41, 5, p. 600-61718 p.
Neuroliberalism: Behavioural Government in the 21st CenturyWhitehead, M., Jones, R., Pykett, J., Howell, R. & Lilley, R. 2017 Taylor & Francis. 250 p.
Psychological Governance and Public Policy: Governing the Mind, Brain and BehaviourPykett, J., Jones, R. & Whitehead, M. 2016 Abingdon: Taylor & Francis. 168 p. (Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics)
Governing Mindfully: shaping policy makers' emotional engagements with behaviour changePykett, J., Howell, R., Lilley, R., Jones, R. & Whitehead, M. 2016 Emotional States: Sites and Spaces of affective governance. Jupp, E., Pykett, J. & Smith, F. M. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 69-8415 p.
National sustainabilitiesJones, R. & Ross, A. 2016 In : Political Geography.51, p. 53-6210 p.
Youth organizations and the reproduction of nationalism in Britain: the role of Urdd Gobaith CymruJones, R., Merriman, P. & Mills, S. 2016 In : Social and Cultural Geography.17, 5, p. 714-73421 p.
Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Environmental PolicyLilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R., Jones, R. & Pykett, J. 2016 Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University. 39 p.
Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy - Evaluation Report 2Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R., Jones, R. & Pykett, J. 2016 Aberystwyth: Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University.
(Re)Inhabiting Awareness: Geography and MindfulnessWhitehead, M., Lilley, R., Howell, R., Jones, R. & Pykett, J. 2015 In : Social and Cultural Geography.17, 4, p. 553-573
An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and PoliticsJones, M., Jones, R., Woods, M., Whitehead, M. J., Dixon, D. P. & Hannah, M. G. 2014 2nd ed.Taylor & Francis. 276 p.
The ‘problem gambler’ and socio-spatial vulnerabilityWelsh, M., Jones, R., Pykett, J. & Whitehead, M. 2014 Problem Gambling: Cognition, Prevention and Treatment. Gobet, F. & Schiller, M. (eds.). London: Springer Nature, p. 156-18732 p.
Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy: An EvaluationLilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R., Jones, R. & Pykett, J. 2014 Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University. 31 p.
Nudging All Over the World: Assessing the global impact of the behavioural sciences on public policyWhitehead, M., Jones, R., Howell, R., Lilley, R. & Pykett, J. 2014 Economic and Social Research Council. 38 p.
The geographies of policy translation: How nudge became the default policy optionJones, R., Pykett, J. & Whitehead, M. 2014 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.32, 1, p. 54-69
The art of choosing and the politics of social marketingPykett, J., Jones, R., Welsh, M. & Whitehead, M. 2014 In : Policy Studies.35, 2, p. 97-11418 p.
Neuroliberal Climatic GovernmentalitiesWhitehead, M., Jones, R. & Pykett, J. 2014 Governing the Climate : New Approaches to Rationality, Power and Politics. Stripple, J. & Bulkeley, H. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 95-11016 p.
Post-pastoral?: Rethinking religion and the reconstruction of rural spaceJones, R. & Heley, J. 2013
Behaviour Change policies in the UK: An anthropological perspectiveJones, R., Pykett, J. & Whitehead, M. 2013 In : Geoforum.48, p. 33-41
Changing Behaviours: On the Rise of the Psychological StateJones, R. A., Pykett, J. & Whitehead, M. J. 2013 Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 300 p.
Networking communities: mobility, nationalism and the historical geographies of connective infrastructuresMerriman, P. & Jones, R. 2013 Arts and Humanities Research Council. 13 p.
Mobility: geographies, histories, sociologiesMerriman, P. R., Jones, R. A., Cresswell, T. J., Divall, C., Mom, G., Sheller, M. & Urry, J. 2013 In : Transfers.3, 1, p. 147-16519 p.
Geography, libertarian paternalism and neuro-politics in the UKWhitehead, M., Jones, R., Pykett, J. & Welsh, M. 2012 In : Geographical Journal.178, 4, p. 302-3076 p.
Rescaling the state: Devolution and the geographies of economic governanceGoodwin, M., Jones, M. & Jones, R. 2012 Manchester University Press. 192 p. (Devolution)
Network nationJones, R. & Merriman, P. 2012 In : Environment and Planning A.45, 4, p. 937953 p.
State encountersJones, R. 2012 In : Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.30, 5, p. 805-821
Governing Temptation: Changing behaviour in and Age of Libertarian PaternalismJones, R. A., Pykett, J. & Whitehead, M. 2011 In : Progress in Human Geography.35, 4, p. 483-50119 p.
Interventions in the political geography of ‘libertarian paternalism’Pykett, J., Jones, R. A., Whitehead, M. J., Huxley, M., Strauss, K., Gill, N., Mcgeevor, K., Thompson, L. & Newman, J. 2011 In : Political Geography.30, 6, p. 301-310
Pwtiau a’r ymgais i newid ymddygiad yn y Deyrnas GyfunolJones, R. 2011
The Geographies of Soft Paternalism in the UK: The Rise of the Avuncular State and Changing Behaviour after NeoliberalismJones, R., Pykett, J. & Whitehead, M. 2011 In : Geography Compass.5, 1, p. 50-6213 p.
Governing irrationality, or a more than rational government? Reflections on the re-scientisation of decision-making in British Public PolicyWhitehead, M. J., Jones, R. & Pykett, J. 2011 In : Environment and Planning A.43, 12, p. 2819-2837
Big Society's Little Nudges: The Changing Politics of Health Care in an Age of AusterityJones, R., Pykett, J. & Whitehead, M. 2010 In : Political Studies.1, 3, p. 85-87
Anssi PaasiJones, R. A. 2010 Anssi Paasi. Hubbard, P. & Kitchin, R. (eds.). SAGE Publications, p. 315-3206 p. (Key Thinkers on Space and Place, 2nd edition)
Learning beyond the state: the pedagogical spaces of the CAB serviceJones, R. 2010 In : Citizenship Studies.14, 6, p. 725-73814 p.
'Symbols of Justice': The Welsh Language Society’s campaign for bilingual road signs in Wales, 1967-1980Merriman, P. & Jones, R. 2009 In : Journal of Historical Geography.35, 2, p. 350-37526 p.
Hot, banal and everyday nationalism: Bilingual road signs in WalesJones, R. & Merriman, P. 2009 In : Political Geography.28, 3, p. 164-17310 p.
Making up the Welsh citizen: Wales and the Citizens' Advice BureauJones, R. 2009 In : Trafodion Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion | Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.15
Governing temptation: the emerging geographies of soft paternalismJones, R., Pykett, J. & Whitehead, M. 2009
Conveying the state: the role of CAB Service advisorsJones, R. 2009
Imperial and anti-imperial constructions of civilisation: engagements with the pre-modern pastJones, R. A. & Phillips, R. 2008 In : Geopolitics.13, 4, p. 730-7356 p.
Fractured intellectuals and the nation: Cynog Dafis and Welsh nationalismJones, R. A. & Fowler, C. I. 2008 In : Contemporary Wales.21, 1, p. 130-14920 p.
WalesJones, R. A. 2008 Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview. Herb, G. & Kaplan, D. (eds.). 1 ed.Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 1631-164111 p.
The political geographies of the Welsh nationJones, R. 2008 Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview. Herb, G. H. & Kaplan, D. H. (eds.). Greenwood Publishing Group
Relocating nationalism: on the geographies of reproducing nationsJones, R. A. 2008 In : Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.33, 3, p. 319-33416 p.
Placing the Nation: Aberystwyth and the Reproduction of Welsh NationalismJones, R. A. & Fowler, C. I. 2008 Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press. 224 p. (Politics and Society in Wales)
People - States - Territories: The Political Geographies of British State TransformationJones, R. 2007 Wiley.
The nature of the state: excavating the political ecologies of the modern stateWhitehead, M., Jones, R. A. & Jones, M. R. 2007 Oxford University Press. 248 p.
Placing and scaling the nationFowler, C. I. & Jones, R. 2007 In : Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.25, 2, p. 332-35423 p.
Where is Wales?: Narrating the territories and borders of the Welsh linguistic nationJones, R. & Fowler, C. I. 2007 In : Regional Studies.41, 1, p. 89-10113 p.
Spatializing the Ecological Leviathan: Territorial Strategies and the Production of Regional NaturesJones, R. A., Jones, M. R. & Whitehead, M. 2006 In : Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography.88, 1, p. 49-65
Devolution and economic governance in the UK: Rescaling territories and organizationsGoodwin, M., Jones, M. R. & Jones, R. A. 2006 In : European Planning Studies.14, 7, p. 979-99517 p.
The theoretical challenge of devolution and constitutional change in the United KingdomGoodwin, M., Jones, M. R. & Jones, R. A. 2006 Territory, Identity and Spatial Planning: Spatial governance in a fragmented nation. Tewdwr-Jones, M. & Allmendinger, P. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 35-4612 p.
State modernization, devolution and economic governance: An introduction and guide to debateJones, M. D., Goodwin, M. A. & Jones, R. 2005 In : Regional Studies.39, 4, p. 397-4037 p.
New Geographies of CitizenshipDesforges, L. C., Jones, R. & Woods, M. 2005 In : Citizenship Studies.9, 5, p. 439-451
Environmentalism and nationalism in the UKFowler, C. I. & Jones, R. 2005 In : Environmental Politics.14, 4, p. 541-5455 p.
Devolution, constitutional change and economic development: explaining and understanding the new institutional geographies of the British stateGoodwin, M. A., Jones, M. R. & Jones, R. A. 2005 In : Regional Studies.39, 4, p. 421-43616 p.
Unsettling geographical horizons: Exploring premodern and non-european imperialismPhillips, R. & Jones, R. 2005 In : Annals of the Association of American Geographers.95, 1, p. 141-16121 p.
Filling in' the state: economic governance and the evolution of devolution in WalesJones, R. A., Goodwin, M., Jones, M. R. & Pett, K. 2005 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.23, 3, p. 337-36024 p.
Aberystwyth: Cryd cenedlaetholeb CymreigJones, R. & Fowler, C. I. 2005 In : Barn.
Economic governance and devolutionJones, M., Goodwin, M. A. & Jones, R. 2005 In : Regional Studies.39
Nation states, ideological power and globalisation: can geographers catch the boat?Jones, M. R. & Jones, R. A. 2004 In : Geoforum.35, 4, p. 409-42416 p.
An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and PoliticsJones, M., Jones, R. & Woods, M. 2004 1st ed.Taylor & Francis. 208 p.
What time human geography?Jones, R. 2004 In : Progress in Human Geography.28, 3, p. 287-30418 p.
Devolution, state personnel, and the production of new territories of governance in the United KingdomJones, R. A., Goodwin, M., Jones, M. R. & Simpson, G. 2004 In : Environment and Planning A.36, 1, p. 89-10921 p.
Devolution and economic governance in the UK: uneven geographies, uneven capacities?Goodwin, M., Jones, M. R., Jones, R. A., Pett, K. & Simpson, G. 2002 In : Local Economy.17, 3, p. 200-21516 p.