Jay EmeryDr Jay Emery

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Room number: D21
Email: j.emery@sheffield.ac.uk


I joined the department in September 2019 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. My project looks at processes of alienation and class in post-industrial towns. Research will be couched in my continuing methodological interests in multimodal methods, combining innovative archival research with ethnography and embodied methodologies.

I recently completed a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Leicester where I also obtained first degrees in Historical Studies.

I have published work in Journal of Historical Geography, Emotion, Space and Society, Geography Compass and Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.


My Leverhulme project examines the affective and class politics of alienation in post-industrial towns, exploring the ways that lived histories and experiences assemble, surface and mediate political mobilisations and identities in neglected urban settings. The research involves archival methods along with ethnography and affective and embodied methods and speaks to contemporary debates surrounding the disaffection, the ‘white working-class’ discourse, regeneration of ‘left behind’ towns and the rise of far right and other extremist antagonisms.

The Leverhulme project emerges out of prior doctoral work. My interdisciplinary doctoral research investigated assemblages of belonging and identity in working-class post-industrial spaces, specifically the former coalfields of Nottinghamshire, UK. Engaging in a range of experimental and established ethnographic, embodied, textual and psychosocial methodologies, my research focuses on the affective and temporal relations and politics of memory, intersecting subjectivities, materialities, spaces and atmospheres and their constitutive roles in formations of belonging and alienation.

  • Emery, J. (forthcoming). ‘That once romantic now utterly disheartening (former) colliery town’: the affective politics of belonging, heritage, memory and regeneration in Mansfield, UK. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Special Issue: Working-class Cultural Heritage and the City.
  • Emery, J. (2019). Geographies of deindustrialization and the working-class: Industrial ruination, legacies, and affect. Geography Compass, 13(2). doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12417.
  • Emery, J. (2019). Book review: Collaborative remembering: Theories, research, and applications, Emotion, Space & Society. doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2019.03.005.
  • Emery, J. (2018). Belonging, memory and history in the north Nottinghamshire coalfield. Journal of Historical Geography, 59, pp. 77–89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2017.11.004.
  • Emery, J. (under review). Ruins of industrial culture: Absence-presence, affect and industrial ruination in the Miners’ Welfare.