Dr Lucy Jackson 


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Lucy joined the Sheffield Methods Institute as a lecturer in qualitative methods in October 2017. She received her PhD in human geography in 2012 after defending her thesis ‘Alternative sites of citizenship: emotions, performance and belonging for female migrants’ in the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
In October 2012 Lucy joined the University of Sheffield as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the ERC funded projected LIVEDIFFERENCE. Within this project Lucy worked on ‘spaces of conflict’ where she conducted research on conflicting and competing rights in the city associated with reproductive rights conflict and conflict between faith and secular groups. Lucy then joined the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool in 2015 where she was a lecturer in Human Geography.

October 2017: Lecturer in qualitative methods, SMI, University of Sheffield.

2015-2017: Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Liverpool

2012-2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

2010-2012: Teaching Associate in Human Geography, Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

2007-2012: PhD, Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Research Interests

Lucy’s research background is in critical social geographies though her research is applicable broadly across the social sciences including health, criminology, politics, sociology and anthropology. Lucy’s research aims to re-address questions of ‘the social’, not just in terms of social justice, but in terms of socio-spatial politics and the performative politics of everyday life within different societies. Lucy works with theories around everyday practice such as De-certeau and Lebevre.

Lucy’s research interests are in the field of feminist geopolitics and the critical geography of difference (as lived, experienced, visualised, and emotionalised through practice, performance and engagement), inclusion and exclusion, the body and the self, and identity (as negotiated, relational, complex and multiple). She is committed to research in the justice, rights and lived experience of othered groups through activist and community development projects and organisations.

Lucy’s research interests also focus upon a politics of everyday practice, an understanding of everyday publics, policies and attitudes and how this leads to the formation of different communities as well as in developing new and engaging qualitative methodological approaches. Lucy's research interest also lies in the practice and performance of everyday, banal, politics and political acts. She is predominantly recognised for her engagement with feminist countertopographical research and with innovative qualitative methods which connects emotions, experience and practice in and through scales to focus on a politics of the everyday.

For example, Lucy’s previous research has focused upon conflicting and competing rights in the city, studying the example of faith and secular groups, as well as pro-life and pro-choice protesters in the UK, working with migrant communities in the UK and South Asia to understand their everyday practices of, and commitment to, citizenship as both formal and informal category, and more recently work in East Africa around the potential for critical citizen engagement.

Current Research

Currently, Lucy’s research is framed around the following core themes:-

  1.  Feminist geopolitics, gender and everyday practice

  2.  Reproductive politics: Rights, access and agency regarding reproductive rights.

  3.  Citizenship, rights and justice

  4.  The state, sovereignty and territoriality in everyday lives

  5.  Emotional geographies of belonging and the everyday

  6.  Methodological innovations

Lucy is interested in supervising doctoral research associated with the key themes listed above.

Currently, Lucy is working on two projects:

1. Historical and political narratives of reproductive rights

This project involves an investigation into the decision- making capacities of individuals in controlling their own reproductive freedoms. This research looks at the complex negotiations of how the state, and state legislation, impacts upon the everyday lived experiences of individual bodies. At present, Lucy is writing up research conducted with Dr Kasia Narkowicz (University of York) looking at questions of agency regarding reproductive healthcare rights in the UK and Poland.

This research is currently funded by an RGS-IBG grant, titled “Bodies that travel and the mobile state: State sovereignty and control of fleshy politics” which investigates narrative perspectives on abortion access in Northern Ireland and to understand the legacies of ‘women who travel’ to access reproductive services in England and Wales. 

2. Citizenship, civility and democratic rights

This project involves research in East Africa and South East Asia asking questions about how citizenship and civil rights are performed in 'uncivil' conditions. This looks at the role that Non-Governmental Organisations play in the deliverance of civil rights and how they contribute to the creation of public (political) participation in different ways (research funded by the Sheffield Institute for International Development, SIID). This research has recently been published in the journal Political Geography.

Other information

• Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group (SCGRG) RGS-IBG committee member (Aug 2013-)
• Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group (GFGRG) RGS-IBG. Dissertation prize coordinator (January 2017- ), ordinary member (Aug 2011-)


1. Hammett, D and Jackson, L (2017). ‘Negotiating ‘civil’ citizenship in an ‘uncivil’ state’ Political Geography (online early access)

2. Jackson, L and Valentine, G (2017) Performing “Moral Resistance”? Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Activism in Public Space. Space and Culture 20 (2) 221-238

3. Jackson, L, C Harris, and G Valentine (2017) Rethinking concepts of the strange and the stranger Social & Cultural Geography 18 (1), 1-15

4. Harris, C, L Jackson, A Piekut, and G Valentine (2017) Attitudes towards the ‘stranger’: negotiating encounters with difference in the UK and Poland Social & Cultural Geography 18 (1), 16-33

5. L Jackson, G Valentine (2016) Rethinking spaces, sites and encounters of conflict in twenty-first century Britain. De Backer, M et al (eds) “Order and conflict in public space”. Routledge, London, pp 182-205

6. L Jackson (2016a) Intimate citizenship? Rethinking the politics and experience of citizenship as emotional in Wales and Singapore Gender, Place & Culture 23 (6), 817-833

7. Jackson, L (2016b). “Navigating the border of the migrant body: stigmatising, categorising and placing the body in context”. Area DOI: 10.1111/area.12146

8. Winiarska, A, Jackson, L, and Valentine, G. (2015). ‘They kick you because they are not able to kick the ball": Normative conceptions of sex difference and the politics of exclusion in mixed sex football’ Sport in Society DOI:10.1080/17430437.2015.1067778

9. Valentine, G, Winiarska, A, Piekut, A Harris, C and Jackson, L, (2015) Mapping the meaning of 'difference': Social topographies of prejudice Ethnicities15 (4) 568-585 doi: 10.1177/1468796815577982

10. Harris, C, Jackson, L, Mayblin L and Piekut, A (2014) “Big Brother Welcomes You”: Exploring Innovative Methods for Research with Children and Young People outside of the home and school environments. Qualitative Research doi: 10.1177/1468794114548947

11. Valentine, G, Jackson, L and Mayblin, L (2014). Ways of Seeing: Sexism the Forgotten Prejudice? Gender, Place and Culture, DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2014.913007

12. Jackson, L (2014). ‘The multiple voices of belonging: Migrant identities and community practice in South Wales’. Environment and planning A DOI: 10.1068/a46248

13. Jackson, L and Daffyd Jones, R (2014) “We’ll keep a welcome in the hillsides”: proximity, distance and hospitality towards migrants in Wales’. Journal of Contemporary Wales 27 (1) 105-126

14. Jackson, L and Valentine, G (2014). Emotion and politics in a mediated public sphere: Questioning democracy, responsibility and ethics in a computer mediated world. Geoforum 52, pp 193–202 DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.01.008

15. Jackson, L (2012). Book review: Families apart: migrant mothers and the conflicts of Labor and Love. Space and Polity 16 (2) 253-254 DOI:10.1080/13562576.2012.722798

16. Jackson, L (2011). ‘Mixed methods in emotive research: negotiating multiple methods and creating narratives in feminist embodied work on citizenship’. Graduate Journal of Asia Pacific studies 7 (2) 46-61.

Invited talks

1. Jackson, L (22nd August 2017), Gender trouble/ troubling gender: gender assumptions and the role of patriarchy in contemporary and everyday politics. 100 years of the Roxby Building centenary celebration lecture series, University of Liverpool.

2. Jackson, L. (12th July 2016). The politics of everyday practice. Politicising and practising ‘the everyday’: Understanding P/p-olitics of scale and the everyday. Part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Exhibition, The Bluecoat, Liverpool.