Dr Lisa Jones

Dr Lisa Jones

Reader in Education

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education


  • BA (University of Liverpool)
  • MA (University of Manchester)
  • PGCert
  • PhD (University of Manchester)


Lisa is a Senior Lecturer in Education and is the Director of Research in the School of Education. Her research and teaching expertise focus on educational and social inequalities, particularly those pertaining to issues of social class and socio-economic disadvantage as well as climate injustice. Lisa is interested in participatory, collaborative and creative approaches to research.

Lisa is the PI on the Youth-led adaptation for climate change challenges in Vietnam: social action, intergenerational and intercultural learning project funded by the British Academy’s Youth Futures Programme, supported under the UK Government's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The project is a collaboration with the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute and is partnered with CRES, Vietnam National University and Newcastle University [ https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/case-studies/youth-led-adaptation-for-climate-change]. The project looks to use participatory and collaborative approaches to support youth in Vietnam to research culturally diverse, traditional practices and indigenous knowledges that offer important insights into mitigating against the challenges of climate change. Youth will then be supported to engage in creative forms of knowledge exchange to ensure the important learning derived by youth benefits the communities from which it originates whilst also offering a source of learning beyond those communities.

Lisa is also the academic lead on the Just Like Our Lives [https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/case-studies/just-like-our-lives] project working to support the educational experiences of young people who are looked after. The project has been very successful in foregrounding the voices of young people through its co-production approach including the creation of an animated film that been widely used in training and public outreach across a range of educational settings and social/children’s services. The film was shortlisted for a range of prestigious national and international film festivals and awards including the World Health Organization’s Health for All Film Festival (from 1265 entries from 119 countries) and the prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Research in Film Awards (see the film at https://youtu.be/Al3vtGKcqhg).

Along with her colleague Dr Martin Nickson and their partner the Borashabaa Refugee Community Organisation, Lisa has also received funding from the Wellcome Trust funded, British Science Association initiative - the 'Ideas Fund' - an inspiring and innovative pilot, which changes the relationship between communities and researchers to work in partnership around mental wellbeing (details of the scheme and projects can be found at https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/more/media-centre/news/2021/british-science-association-announces-research-funding-for-12-hull-community-projects).

Lisa is also the CI on INSECURE - Capturing Intergenerational Narratives of Coastal Change (https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/institutes/energy-and-environment-institute/our-work/insecure-%E2%80%93-capturing-intergenerational-narratives-of-coastal-change). The project's film featurng the stories collected from youth and community members is a finalist in the AHRC's Research in Film Award (RIFA) 'climate change' category - with the winner to be announced in December 2021.

Lisa joined the University of Hull in 2011 coming from the University of Manchester where she both worked as a researcher for eight years and also completed her PhD focused on the class identity of novice teachers.

Lisa currently teaches as follows:

Module Leader - International and Intercultural Perspectives in Education (P/G - Level 7)

Module Leader - Social Justice and Social Change (U/G - Level 4)

Module Leader - Representations and Realities: The Media, Diversity and Difference (U/G - Level 5)

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

2020-Vision: understanding climate (in)action through the emotional lens of loss

Jones, L., Halstead, F., Parsons, K., Le, H., Ha Bui, L. T., Hackney, C., & Parsons, D. (in press). 2020-Vision: understanding climate (in)action through the emotional lens of loss. Journal of the British Academy, 9(s5), 29-68. https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/009s5.029

Investing ourselves: the role of space and place in being a working-class female academic

Jones, L., & Maguire, M. (2021). Investing ourselves: the role of space and place in being a working-class female academic. Discourse, 42(1), 45-59. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2020.1767937


How students can use storytelling to bring the dangers of climate change to life

Parsons, K., Halstead, F., & Jones, L. (2021). How students can use storytelling to bring the dangers of climate change to life

Presentation / Conference

INtergenerational Stories of Erosion and Coastal community Understanding of REsilience ‘INSECURE’

Parsons, K., Jones, L., & Halstead, F. (2021, April). INtergenerational Stories of Erosion and Coastal community Understanding of REsilience ‘INSECURE’. Presented at EGU General Assembly 2021 (European Geosciences Union), vEGU21: Gather Online

I'll be dead by the time it happens: Children's Perceptions of Climate Change in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Halstead, F., Parsons, D., Jones, L., & Hackney, C. (2020, May). I'll be dead by the time it happens: Children's Perceptions of Climate Change in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Paper presented at EGU General Assembly 2020 (European Geosciences Union), Sharing Geoscience Online

Research interests

Educational and social inequality

Social and climate justice

Class inequalities (in education and linked to the climate crisis)

Participatory research approaches (co-production and youth/community-led)

Education for sustainability

Postgraduate supervision

Lisa welcomes postgraduate research students working in her areas of research specialism. She is particularly interested in hearing from those interested in exploring social class identities in education and social class as linked to teaching in schools.

Current doctoral supervisions

* The Cultural Production of 'just' flood resilience (Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures - co-supervision with EEI/Geography).

* An exploration of the importance of training in the front line delivery of the UK’s national strategy to combat modern slavery and human trafficking ( PhD in Education, University of Hull Scholarship, co-supervision Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation)

* The spaces of outdoor education, health and well-being in a City of Culture (co-supervising PhD in Geography, University of Hull Scholarship)

* Reconceptualising Teaching Excellence: Using Narrative Inquiry and Portraiture to Investigate Success and Teaching Excellence in a Northern University

Completed doctoral students:

* Children’s Perceptions of Climate Change in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam - Dr Florence Halstead

* “What if you don't feel ‘disadvantaged’ and you’re being called that?”: an exploration of young people’s perspectives on the ‘disadvantaged’ label in an English secondary school - Dr Alexandra Jones

* Novice teachers’ emerging sense of professional identity explored through portrait methodology - Dr Ella Ait-Zaouit

* Operationalising the notion of a restorative school community: A case study in a socio-economically deprived area (co-supervised PhD with Law) - Dr Richard Rhodes

* Representations of Disability: A study of how people with an impairment are portrayed in equality and diversity training in UK Higher Education Institutions - Dr Martha Kember

* The effectiveness of current teachers’ continuous professional development: perceptions by supervisors, senior teachers and teachers in Muscat, Oman – Dr Khalid Shammakhi