Dr Jo Hickman Dunne

2013: BSc Geography, Loughborough University
2014: MSc Globalization and Sport, Loughborough University
2018: PhD (Human Geography), Loughborough University

  • University Teacher in Human Geography

Academic Career:

2019-present: University Teacher in Human Geography, Loughborough University

2018 awarded: PhD (Human Geography), Loughborough University

Prizes and Funding Awarded:

2016: RGS (with IBG) Dudley Stamp Memorial Award (£500) for PhD fieldwork

Professional Responsibilities:

2019: Guest editor (with Dr Sara Mills), The Geographical Journal

2017-2018: RGS Postgraduate Forum Annual Conference Coordinator

My teaching focuses broadly on social and cultural geography, with a particular emphasis on the geographies of children and youth and qualitative methods. This ties in with my current position as a Research Assistant at The Centre for Youth Impact, a charity who seek to progress thinking around practice in impact measurement for youth work. 

Jo is a social and cultural geographer whose research area encompasses the geographies of education, learning and youth, and in particular the diverse implementation and experience of informal educational initiatives. Through a focus on secondary education, Jo is interested in the ways in which informal education practices both merge and conflict with mainstream education practice, and how experiences of these overlapping spaces are shaped by axes of social difference. Her work also engages with ideas around nature and landscape, and how dominant ideologies act to reproduce and/or transform inequality of access to particular ‘natural’ spaces and specific learning experiences.

Jo’s PhD was conducted in collaboration with the Outward Bound Trust, seeking to better understand the creation of outdoor learning experiences for young people. The research focused specifically on: (i) the particular social and physical spaces of outdoor centres, through the notion of 'centre geographies'; (ii) the creation of an effective organizational culture, with an emphasis on mobility; (iii) the role of outdoor educators through performance, play and choreography; (iv) the differing spatio-temporal processes involved in creating an outdoor learning experience; and (v) young people’s embodied and socially-embedded encounters with ‘nature’.

Undergraduate:

  • Geographies of Global Economic Change
  • Geographies of Identity
  • Geographies of Work and Life
  • Geographical Research; Design and Practice
  • Academic and Professional Skills for Geography

Postgraduate:

  • Conducting research with Children and Young People in Their Diverse Social Contexts

Jo’s teaching focuses broadly on social and cultural geography, with a particular emphasis on the geographies of children and youth and qualitative methods. This ties in with her current position as a Research Assistant at The Centre for Youth Impact, a charity who seek to progress thinking around practice in impact measurement for youth work.

  • Hickman Dunne, J.  (In press).  New  Experiences  in  old  places:  How  are  unfamiliar  landscapes  produced  by  young  people  through the ‘Outward Bound Experience. In T. A. Smith, H. Pitt, & R. A. Dunkley. (Eds.). Introducing Young People to ‘Unfamiliar Landscapes. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hickman Dunne, J. & Pimlott-Wilson, H. (In press). Moodboards and Lego. In Von Benzon, N. (ed.). Creative Methods for Human Geographers. London: Sage.
  • Hickman Dunne, J. (2019). Book review of ‘Young People, Social Media and Health’ edited by Victoria A. Goodyear and Kathleen M. Armour. Sport, Education and Society. doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2019.1664814
  • Hickman Dunne, J. & Mills, S. (2019). Educational Landscapes: Nature, Place and Moral Geographies. The Geographical Journal. doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12305
  • Hickman Dunne, J. (2018).  Experiencing the outdoors: Embodied encounters in the Outward Bound Trust. The Geographical Journal. doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12288.
  • Hickman Dunne, J. (2017). Book review of ‘Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim families: Insights from young people and their parents in Britain’ by Michaela Franceschelli, Children’s Geographies, 1-2. doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1413886

Public reports 

  • Hickman Dunne, J. (2019).The Outward Bound Trust: A Geographical Perspective (PhD project report). Penrith: OBT.
  • Hickman Dunne, J. (2019). Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing: Connecting to Nature. Penrith: OBT.