Jonathan became involved in environmental politics in the early 1990s (representing the Green Party in Nottingham’s City Council elections in 1991) and has been an active member of Crisis Forum and Rescue!History. Jonathan currently has several roles at DMU: in IESD, he is deputy module leader on ‘Leading Change for Sustainability’ (a module within the MSc Energy and Sustainable Development) and is Honorary Research Fellow in environmental humanities. In the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Jonathan teaches on the MSc Medical Leadership, Education and Research; and is Research Fellow on a £200K theatre and mental health research project based in Pune, India, which Jonathan co-devised (the project is funded by the AHRC, MRC and GCRF). Jonathan has also taught acting/performance skills on POD’s 3-day 'Effective learning and teaching' course for new lecturers. He is a member of CELT.
Prior to joining DMU, Jonathan trained and worked as an actor and company manager and was Literary Director of the British Shakespeare Company. He has been Research Fellow on two AHRC funded History projects at Nottingham University and has taught History and Humanities at Derby University. He was on the curriculum working group for the Lincoln Social Science Centre (a free, cooperative HE institution established in 2011, in the wake of the Occupy movement) and co-organized Rescue!History’s 2014 conference on ‘History and Climate change: what have we learnt?’.
Jonathan’s research focuses on counter cultural and eco-psychiatric critiques of modernity, eco-crisis and techno-science. He was on the editorial committee of the European Journal of Ecopsychology and his PhD was ‘Pathologizing Modernity: critical implications of conceptions of pathology and higher sanity in the works of Theodore Roszak and Ken Wilber’.
Jonathan is Honorary Research Fellow in History at Nottingham University and a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham.