Dr Peter Jones BA Hons; PhD

Principal Lecturer in Sociology


Peter holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Geography (2.i) and a PhD in Human Geography, both from the University of Sheffield. His PhD research was in migration and race – an area to which he has recently returned, having also developed scholarly interests in global (in)securities, the 'risk society' and 'futures studies'; and in the teaching of critical thinking and academic writing in the 'intercultural university' of the 21st century.

In February 2017 Peter co-convened 'The Ageing Workforce' Symposium (with Shaun Lundy, Marianne Markowski and David Thomas), and in May 2016 he co-convened the 'Sustainability and Futures' Research Networking Conference (with Spyros Straviravdis), both held at the University of Greenwich.

As a University Teaching Fellow, Peter is actively involved in learning enhancement activities – for example in relation to the embedding of academic and information skills in the undergraduate curriculum.

Responsibilities within the university

University Teaching Fellow


Peter's PhD and subsequent research on migration and race was supported by numerous awards including those from the (then) UK Social Science Research Council, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris), and the British Academy. His pedagogic project on critical thinking ('Teaching and Learning at the Environment-Science-Society Interface') was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, to the tune of approximately £270,000. Most recently he has attracted two smaller University awards on behalf of the 'Greenwich Futures' research group.

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Migration and race: currently focusing on linguistic diversity and the politics of language, with particular reference to the London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets.
  • (In)security, the 'risk society' and 'futures studies': currently including population ageing.
  • Critical thinking and academic writing in the 'intercultural university'.

Recent publications

'Raising the gold standard' and 'Learning and teaching for evidence-based nursing' (with L Graham and R Pope). Chapters 3 and 5 of R Pope, P Smith and E Meerabeau, eds Evidence-Based Nursing (Churchill Livingstone, 2003)

'Beyond "study skills": bibliographic citation, knowledge claims and writing development' (with C Palmer). Chapter 15 of M Graal, ed Writing Development in Higher Education: Changing Contexts for Teaching and Learning (University of Leicester Press, 2002)

'Redefining higher education: a case study in widening participation' (with PAinley et al). Chapter 5 of A Hayton and A Pazuska, eds Access, Participation and Higher Education (Kogan Page, 2002)

'Plagiarism and the academic essay: a story of mystery, treachery and betrayal? (with C Palmer).  Paper presented to the 2nd Annual Skills Conference, University of Hertfordshire (July 2001)

'Science and environmental decision making: the social context' (with JQ Merritt). Chapter 3 of M Huxham and D Sumner, eds Science and Environmental Decision Making (Pearson, 2000)

'The TALESSI Project: promoting interdisciplinary, critical thinking and values awareness in environmental higher education' (with JQ Merritt). Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 23 (3), pages 335-48 (1999)

'Critical thinking and interdisciplinary in environmental higher education: the case for epistemological and values awareness' (with JQ Merritt and C Palmer).  Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 23 (3), pages 349-57 (1999)

'Race, discourse and power in institutional housing: the case of immigrant worker hostels in Lyon'. Chapter 5 of M Silverman (ed.) Race, Discourse and Power in France (Avebury, 1991)

'Aspects of the migrant housing experience: a study of workers' hostels in Lyon, France'. Chapter 10 of PE Ogden and PE White, eds Migrants in Modern France: Population Mobility in the Later Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Unwin Hyman, 1989)

'Economic development, labour migration and urban social geography' (with RJ Johnston). Erdkunde, 39, pages 12-18 (1985)

'International migration and demographic change: some evidence from the Rhône département'. In PE Ogden, ed Migrants in Modern France: Four Studies. Occasional Paper No.23, pages 9-28, Department of Geography, Queen Mary College, University of London (1984)

'Islamic minorities in Lyon, France: some institutional sources of cultural change'. Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Institute of British Geographers, University of Durham (January 1984)


'The 'information skills workbook': enhancing students' information skills, research mindedness and capacities for critical reflection' (with Irene Barranco Garcia and Sarah Wilson). Presentation at 'SHIFT 2017: Annual Conference of Learning, Teaching and Assessment', University of Greenwich (January 2017)

''Futures' and population ageing: an overview'. Presentation at the 'Sustainability and Futures' Research Networking Conference, University of Greenwich (May 2016)

'International migration, linguistic diversity and the politics of language(s): evidence from the London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets' (with P Skrandies). Paper accepted for presentation at the First International Conference on Geographies of Migration and Mobility, Loughborough University (July 2016)

'Student writing and the intercultural university' (with R Tsukada Bright). Paper presented at the Symposium, 'Telling it like it is: Reflecting on the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Students in Higher Education', University of Greenwich (November 2015)

'From "We speak your language" to "We will only translate … where it suits us": the politics and policies of ethnolinguistic diversity in two London boroughs' (with P Skrandies). Paper presented at the conference on 'English & Multilingualism in 21st Century Europe', New University of Ireland, Maynooth (June 2015)

'Education for sustainable development: the triumph of indoctrination over education?' (with C Palmer). Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, University of Edinburgh (July 2012)

'The case for values awareness in environmental higher education' (with JQ Merritt and C Palmer). Paper presented to the conference on 'Geography and Environmental Education', International Geographical Union (Commission on Geographical Education), Institute of Education, London (April 1999)

'Les foyers de travailleurs immigrés en France et la politique d'immigration'. Paper presented to the conference on 'Français et Algériens: Identités en Interaction', Loughborough University (December 1989)

'Race, racism and housing: a study of workers' hostels in Lyon'. Paper presented to the conference on 'Race, discourse and power in France', University of Leeds (March 1989)

'Race, racism and housing: a French perspective'. Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Institute of British Geographers, Coventry Polytechnic (January 1989)

'Economic development, labour migration, urbanisation and the urban system'. (with RJ Johnston). Paper presented to the Eighth General Meeting of the International Geographical Union Commission on National Settlement Systems, Pisa, Italy (August 1984)