Jennifer Patterson

Dr Jennifer Patterson BA Joint Hons, BSc Hons, PGDipHE, PGDip, PGDipMS, MPhil, PhD

Jennifer Patterson

Dr Jennifer Patterson
BA Joint Hons, BSc Hons, PGDipHE, PGDip, PGDipMS, MPhil, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator

Department of Education and Community Studies

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr Jennifer Patterson is a Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the Department of Education & Community Studies. 

An interdiscipliary feminist critical theorist with a PhD in French and Art History, Jennifer joined the university in 2008, as lecturer across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for Education Studies, Childhood Studies, and Early Years. She has developed and led new courses in Sustainability Education, Outdoor Learning and co-led Outdoor Play. Adding training in Narrative Medicine at Columbia Medical School, N.Y, she supports cross-faculty medical humanities methodological approaches, with narrative research through her teaching. She currently leads the critical review modules and teaches on methods on the professional Doctorate in Education programme as well as supervising doctoral research projects.

Jennifer has been a Principal Investigator since 2006, undertaking a significant number of externally funded research and enterprise projects, working with external partners such as 'The Listening to Patient Project', and the 'Outdoor Learning and Environments Centre'. The ESRC and TSB-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership she led with Widehorizons Outdoor Learning Trust was selected as runner up in the 2014 Societal Impact Award. She is also a fully qualified complementary therapist and medical herbalist and is currently the Elected Vice President of the Association for Medical Humanities.

Posts held previously:

  • 2005-08, Associate Lecturer, Department of Humanities (online Interdisciplinary Humanities), The Open University
  • 2001-06, Self-employed freelance writer, translator, editor and subeditor
  • 1997-2003: Self-employed lecturer and travel consultant
  • 1989-96: PT/FT Retail Manager and Buyer
  • 1984-89: Lecturer, Courtauld Gallery
  • Senior Lecturer for Education (part-time), Department of Education & Community Studies
  • Course lecturer for Education Studies, Childhood Studies, and Early Years on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Principal investigator
  • Supervises PhD research projects
  •  Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
  • Elected council member and membership secretary, the Association for Medical Humanities, 2013-present
  • External Examiner, University of London International Programmes, Combined Degree, 2013-present
  • External PhD supervisor on feminist methods, the University of Hertfordshire, 2009-2014
  • Self-employed, complementary therapies practitioner, 2006-present
  • Visiting Lecturer: MA Women's Studies, Ruskin College, Oxford University, 2008-2015

Jennifer's interdisciplinary feminist background is reflected in research interests that involve creative critical approaches and other ways of thinking across a range of topics including: healthcare and medicine, humanities, art, education and research theory, women's bodies, women's issues, ethics and equity.

Funded research projects

  • BIG Lottery (PI) Audit of School Growing Spaces in Boroughs of Southwark and Greenwich, 2013
  • Higher Education Authority Seminar Funding (Medical Humanities), 2013
  • HEIF Listening to Patients (Medical Humanities) (PI), 2013
  • HEA travel fund, Erasmus Exchange with the University of Ankara, 2012
  • R+E Natural Learning and Environments (International case studies), 2011
  • ESRC and TSB KTP in sustainable fundraising with WideHorizons Outdoor Education Trust, 2010
  • HEIF Principal Investigator, Natural Learning and Environments, 2010
  • Internal funding on course development for external charity, 2009
  • Internal funding on ASPIRE, widening participation, 2008

Stephanie Matthews, Haris Haseeb, Jennifer Patterson, Bridget MacDonald (2017). Medical Humanities in practice. British medical Journal 2017: 359:j5114 (published Nov11). Doi:

Moreno-Leguizamon, C., Patterson, J. and Gómez Rivadeneira, A. (2015). Incorporation of social sciences and humanities in the training of health professionals and practitioners in other ways of knowing. Research and Humanities in Medical Education, 2, pp. 18-23.

Patterson, J. (2014). "Maintenance and sustenance": challenges and opportunities and growing food in primary schools in the London Borough of Southwark and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Project Report. University of Greenwich, Greenwich, London, UK.

Patterson, J. (2014). These Clothes Don't Fit!: Identity, Hybridity and Education in the City. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD), 5(2), pp. 24-38. 

Patterson, J. (2014). Walking with Intangibles: Experiencing Organisational Learning. Journal of Management Development, 33(6), pp. 564-579.

Patterson, J., Yildiz Biçakçi, M., Çetin, S., Harrison, J., Aral, N. and Gürsoy, F. (2014). Early Years Development and Education in Turkey and the UK: Professional Training and Pedagogy. In: H. Başal, E. Ömeroğlu, and Z. Kostova, eds., Preschool Education in Turkey and in the World: A theoretical and Empirical Perspective. Sofia: St Kliment Ohridski University Press.

Patterson, J. (2013). Punch Drunk on Research Impact: a critical analysis of textual power politics. Power and Education, 5(1), pp. 76-86.

Patterson, J. (2013). An end and a new beginning?. The F-Word: Contemporary UK Feminism. 

Berryman, A. and Patterson, J. (2012). Why Feminist Art matters Now. The F-Word: Contemporary UK Feminism.

Patterson, J. (2009). Natural Health Awareness: Maintaining the Health of the Planet by Maintaining Optimum Personal Health. In: P. Villiers-Stuart, and A. Stibbe, eds., The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy.

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