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Dr Jane Booth

PositionCurriculum Development Associate
LocationPemberton P1.32
DepartmentFoSS and CED
Feedback HoursMonday 13:00-14:00 and Wednesday 15:00-16:00
Telephone01274 235274
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Research Interests (key words only)

Research Interests (key words only) Co-production, community empowerment, sustainable societies, student engagement.Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Management) Critical Thinking and Presentation Skills (BSc Economics)

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Management)

Critical Thinking and Presentation Skills (BSc Economics)

Administrative Responsibilities

Chair of Sustainable Societies Development Group


I am currently in post as the Curriculum Development Associate for the Faculty of Social Science. Having worked in the voluntary sector after my PhD I have gained a great deal of hands-on experience working with user and carer empowerment. This has been the impetus for my current research on co-production. This voluntary sector experience is also driving my intention to embed placement activity in all undergraduate programmes across the Faculty, giving students the practical experience in their subject area to enhance their learning and, simultaneously, to benefit the local voluntary and community sector. 

Study History

PhD (Politics) Oxford Brookes University (2001)

BSc Politics and Psychology Oxford Brookes University (1991)

Professional History

From 2010-2015 I was the Programme Director of BA Social Inclusion at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. As well as engaging students in debates around social justice and inclusion through critical engagement with social theory and social policy, this degree programme enhanced learning with placement activity  in the local voluntary and statutory sectors. I have also worked in the voluntary and community sector with a particular focus on finding innovative solutions to deeply entrenched social disadvantage. From 2002 – 2007 I was the Project Manager for the Women in Governance Project at Richmond CVS.

This project was aimed at women from under-represented communities, such as women with disabilities and mental health users, to encourage them to take up decision-making roles within their community. The Project was awarded a GoldStar from the Home Office for its innovative approach to enhancing citizenship. I have also worked as a Project Manager at TreeHouse (now known as Ambitious About Autism) on the Parent Participation Project (PPP) aimed at enhancing the involvement of parent carers in the commissioning of services for young people with autism. Funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families, this required developing good working relationships with local and national politicians to promote awareness of autism. I progressed to became a consultant at TreeHouse and completed an e-book called ‘Shaping Children’s Services Together’ to promote partnership working between local authority professionals and parent carers. 

Research Areas

Curriculum development through student engagement in community activity

Co-production as a means to enhance empowerment of disadvantaged groups, and to promote social inclusion and enhance the sustainability of society. 

Current Projects

The Bradford “Pop-Up University”.  This project aims to engage students from the Faculty of Social Science in the local community. The project will expect students to work collaboratively with local voluntary groups to co-produce innovative activities to help meet the needs of disadvantaged individuals and communities. At the same time this will enhance the student experience and develop employability skills.

Research Collaborations

Working with ‘Equality Together’, Bradford and University of Bradford Student Union on the Pop-Up University project.


Booth, J. & Lohmann-Hancock, C. (2014) ‘Uncertain Futures within a Risk Society - Expectations, Aspirations and Future Employment: Student Perceptions of Education Studies Degrees’, University of Wales Journal of Education, 17.

Book Review: Williams, C. (eds.) (2012) Social Policy for Social Welfare Practice in a Devolved Wales. 2nd Edition, in Contemporary Wales, 25/1, August pp.248-252.

Booth, J. (2010) Shaping Children’s Services Together, London: TreeHouse,

Conference and Seminar Papers

‘Engaging Disadvantaged Communities in Co-production: Empowerment or Paradox?’ to be presented to PSA Annual Conference, Brighton, March 2016.

“Engaging Disadvantaged Communities in Co-production: Civic Pride or the Retreat of the State?” presented to BSA Annual Conference, Glasgow, April 2015.

“Co-Production, Co-Creation and Healthy Change: A Critical Friendly Perspective” (with Dr Rachel Casiday) presented to the 20th Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, NCVO, Sheffield, September 2014.

‘Uncertain Futures within a Risk Society - Expectations, Aspirations and Future Employment: Student Perceptions of Education Studies Degrees’ (with Dr Caroline Lohmann-Hancock) presented to the BESA Conference, Hull University, June 2012

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Working with ‘Equality Together’ to enhance the engagement of students in the Bradford community. Equality Together is a new Disabled People led organisation for the Bradford District and beyond which aims to tackle and challenge disabling barriers

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