School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Staff

Wendy Jones BSc PhD RGN SPCHN (OH)

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Wendy completed a degree in nursing at  Hull University in 1987 and subsequently undertook further qualifications in ergonomics and occupational health. She worked for a number of years as a Specialist Practitioner in Occupational Health in the water, healthcare, gas and education sectors.

In 2010 she left professional practice to study for a PhD, on the theme of job quality, at Loughborough University Design School.On the completion of this in 2014 she moved to the School of Civil and Building Engineering to work on research projects involving health and safety in the construction industry.

Professional affiliations

Wendy is a Registered Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors

Research interests 

The impact of work on health, including the postive impact of 'good' jobs and the adverse impacts of poor quality work.

Research project

  • Managing Nanotechnology in construction and demolition

Summary

This study, conducted in partnership with the Department of Materials, is concerned with the use of nano technology in the construction and building industry, and  the potential for health risks during the demolition process. It aims to:

• identify and catalogue products used in the built environment which contain nanomaterials
• work with construction and demolition specialists to explore the likely demolition and recycling techniques for such products
• test products to assess whether these processes are likely to result in nano particles becoming bioavailable
• produce industry guidance relating to nanotechnologies in the construction and demolition industry

Previous research projects

Wendy's PhD study used semi structured and repertory grid interviews to explore the features which contributed to a job being considered 'good' and good for health. The findings were used to construct a theoretical model of job quality, which was then applied to the bus industry.  In addition, job quality in three bus companies in the UK was measured using the DGB-Index tool which is widely used in Germany.