Dr Jane Booth
Lecturer - Sociology
I worked in the voluntary sector for some years post PhD, managing a project called "Women in Government" across South West London and running a national parent participation project for an autism charity, before returning to academia in 2010. My interest in community engagement has influenced my pedagogy and research interests.
Having worked in the voluntary sector for some years post PhD, including managing a project called "Women in Governance" in South West London and running a national parent participation project for an autism charity, my research interests are in co-production, community engagement and empowerment. I am keen to develop projects that now only provide opportunities for academic research but that also benefit and empower the wider community.
I am a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a member of the Social Policy Association.
PhD Politics. Title: The Transformation of Professional Practices in Post-Communist Poland: Observing the Dynamics of Globalisation (Oxford Brookes University)
BSc Psychology and Politics (Oxford Brookes University)
Lohmann-Hancock, C. & Booth, J. (2014) 'Uncertain Futures within a Risk Society - Expectations, Applications and Future Employment: Student Perceptions of Education Studies Degrees', University of Wales Journal of Education, 17 (1), pp.53-72.
Booth, J. (2019) ‘Empowering Disadvantaged Communities in the UK: Missing the potential of Co-production’, Social Change, 49 (2). pp. 276-292
Corporate and community engagement
In a previous role at University of Bradford I was awarded funding to develop the IMPACT project, working in partnership with voluntary and community sector organisations, including Equality Together and Hidden Voices, to engage students in the local community, co-producing solutions to social problems. I am currently running a project called 'Dying to Talk', with colleagues at University of Bradford, and voluntary sector organisations supporting bereavement, to design online resources for young people to get them talking about death, loss and bereavement. This project is particularly focussed on working co-productively to empower frequently marginalised communities.
My teaching interests bridge the disciplines of sociology and social policy, namely the politics of welfare, community engagement, reflective practice and social change. However I am also interested in curriculum development in HE, with a particular focus on social pedagogy.
External academic roles
External Examiner (University of Westminster)