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Jo’s background is in the arts (drama in education), teaching in east London for many years. More recently she undertook a sociology degree with the Open University, this leading to an MSc in Social and Cultural theory at the University of Bristol and ultimately a PhD: ‘Truth to the Materiality of Later Life: the Significance of the Aesthetic for the Support of Older People’. This is an applied, philosophical aesthetics approach to later life challenges and publication of findings, insights and potential practice models from this study is hopefully forthcoming.
Jo’s working life is divided between firstly, Bristol’s School for Policy Studies, lecturing on the undergraduate Childhood Studies course and lending support to the HARP (Healthy Ageing in Residential Places) Project. Secondly, Jo continues to lead workshops for schools for Bristol City Council’s Museums, Galleries and Archives. Recent work includes education development for the Wellcome Trust funded exhibition: Death: the Human Experience.
Jo is a member of the British Sociological Association, the British Society of Gerontology and Arts and Health South West.