Dr Jonathan Coope

Job: Lecturer / Honorary Research Fellow in Environmental Humanities / Research Fellow in Mental Health

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK

T: +44 (0) 116 250 6004

E: jcoope@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/IESD

 

Personal profile

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 has recently completed a Research Fellowship as part of a £200K theatre and mental health project funded by the AHRC, MRC and GCRF which Jonathan co-devised based in Pune, India. 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 PhD in history was ‘Pathologizing Modernity: critical implications of conceptions of pathology and higher sanity in the works of Theodore Roszak and Ken Wilber’ which critically examined two of the most sophisticated eco-psychiatric understandings of ecocrisis. His research continues to focus on eco-psychiatric critiques of modernity, eco-crisis and techno-science. He was on the editorial committee of the European Journal of Ecopsychology.

Jonathan is Honorary Research Fellow in History at Nottingham University, Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health (Nottingham), and Visiting Lecturer on the 'Sustainable Energy Futures' module of Nottingham University's MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering.

Publications and outputs 

  • Coope, J (2020). Horticultural arts. In Crawford, P., Brown, B. and Charise, A. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities. Routledge, London (forthcoming).
  • Crossley, M, Barrett, A, Brown, B, Coope, J and Raghavan, R (2019). Systematic review of applied theatre practice in the Indian context of mental health, resilience and well-being. Applied Theatre Research, 7(2) (forthcoming).
  • Coope, J (2019). How might indigenous traditional ecological knowledge (ITEK) inform ecopsychology? Ecopsychology, special issue on indigenous decolonization and ecopsychology, 11(3):156-161. https://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2019.0005
  • Coope, J, Mills, J, Prosser, M and Smith, M (2019). The Forest. Chapter 4 in Beckett, J and Elliott, P (eds.), Nottingham’s Green Spaces. Peregrine Publishing, Derby (forthcoming). 
  • Beckett, J, Coope, J, Elliott, P and Mills, J (2017). Nottingham’s Green Spaces. East Midlands History and Heritage, 05: 26-29.
  • Coope, J and Mills, J (2014). Reflections on a co-production project: the story of the Social World of Nottingham’s Green Spaces project. The Local Historian, 44: 335-340.
  • Coope, J (2010). Ecopsychology and the historian: some notes on the work of Theodore Roszak. European Journal of Ecopsychology, 1: 4-18.
  • Coope, J (2010). On reading history as a mental health issue. Chapter 11 in Levene, M, Johnson, R and Roberts P (eds.), History at the End of the World? History, Climate Change & the Possibility of Closure. Humanities-Ebooks, Penrith.
  • Coope, J (2008). The ecological blind spot in postmodernism. New Formations, 64: 78-89.
  • Coope, J (2008). On the plotting of 21st century history from an environmental perspective. Chapter 3 in Miyares, R and Gonzalez, C (eds) Culture and Power: The Plots of History in Performance. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle.
  • Coope, J (2007). Theodore Roszak: explorer of counter culture. In Kumar, S and Whitefield, F (Eds), Visionaries: The 20th Century's 100 Most Important Inspirational Leaders. Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT.

Book reviews:

  • Coope, J (2014) review of Nicholas Maxwell, How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World: the urgent need for an academic revolution (2014), in Metapsychology online, metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=7182.
  • Coope, J (2008) review of Martin Davies, Historics: Why History Dominates Contemporary Society (2006), in Rethinking History, 12(4): 569-572.

Research interests/expertise

  • Ecopsychology/ecopsychiatry
  • Counter culture
  • Ecological humanities
  • Health humanities
  • Local history, public history and historical theory

Areas of teaching

MSc Energy and Sustainable Development:

  • Leading Change for Sustainability

MSc Medical Leadership, Education and Research:

  • Personal Professional Development
  • Concepts in Leadership, Education and Research
  • Development of a Service Improvement Strategy
  • Research Methods and Project

MA Public History and Heritage at Derby University (January 2020-):

  • Politics of History: Uses and Abuses of the Past

In my previous teaching on the BA History at Derby University:

  • The Making of Modern Medicine, 1750-1950
  • Historical Methods and Sources
  • Britain in the Age of Innovation, 1790-1914
  • Society, Culture and Politics in the First World War

In my previous teaching on the MA Humanities at Derby University:

  • Research Skills
  • Research Methodologies

Qualifications

  • PhD History (University of Southampton)
  • PG Dip Acting (Drama Study London)
  • MA The History of Scientific Thought (University of Leeds)
  • PGCE Mathematics (University of Nottingham)
  • BSc Eng (Hons) 2i, Electrical Engineering (Imperial College London; BBC sponsored).

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Conference attendance

  • "Migration and resilience narratives" with Prof Brian Brown. (Mental health, migration and resilience: innovative applied arts based methodologies for research policy and practice, De Montfort University, 2019).
  • “Nottingham’s Green Spaces” with Dr Judith Mills. (National Trust Nottingham Centre, New Mechanics Institute, Nottingham, 2019).
  • Invited delegate. (Engaging Parliaments with Academic Research, Mobilising Global Voices International Development conference, Westminster Hall, UK Parliament, 2019)
  • “Victorian parks and well-being: evidence, histories and public health”. (Humanities, Heritage and Public Policy conference, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 2018)
  • "Green lungs: historic urban parks, public health and wellbeing". (Nature Connections conference, University of Derby, 2018).
  • "Mental health issues of internal migrants in India: some thoughts on strengths and weaknesses of current data" poster, with Prof Raghu Raghavan. (1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, University of Edinburgh, 2018).
  • “Reframing May ’68 and the sixties counter culture: a case study in eco-psychiatric historiography”. (Other ‘68s: Lineages and Legacies of May ’68 conference, University of Nottingham, 2018)
  • “The contribution of actor/theatre training to ‘disruptive’ teaching in the age of ecological emergency”. (Provocative Pedagogies: Performative Teaching and Learning conference, University of Lincoln, 2017)
  • “The psychoanalytic meaning of history and climate change: on the strengths and weaknesses of eco-psychoanalysis”. (Mediating Climate Change conference, University of Leeds, 2017)
  • “On Eco-psychiatry & historiography: exploring transcultural mental health narratives via the lens of nature-connectedness theory”. (Reading Bodies, Writing Minds: Mental Health in the Medical Humanities conference, University of Nottingham, 2017)
  • “Exploring nature-connectedness as a ‘frame’ for our dialogues between Western expertise and traditions from other spatially or historically distant cultures”. (Other psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures conference, University of Glasgow, 2017).
  • “Parklands in wartime: the history of Nottingham’s parks in WW1 and WW2”. (Nottingham Local Studies Library, 2016).
  • “Nottingham’s historic green spaces: controversies and contestation”. (Heritage Open Days, St Ann’s Allotments, Nottingham, 2016).
  • “Ecopsychology and its psychological critique of urban industrialism”. (Utopian Studies Society 16th International Conference, University of Newcastle, 2015).
  • “How might the traditions of therapeutic communities and greencare inform our re-visioning of social futures?” Roundtable, with Prof Lucy Sargisson, Prof Rex Haigh and Dr Neil Chadborn. (AHRC Connected Communities symposium on Utopias, Futures and Temporalities: Critical considerations for social change, Bristol Zoo, 2015).
  • “Making history with the community: the Nottingham Green Spaces project” with Dr Judith Mills. (The Social History of Public Urban Spaces conference, University of Nottingham, 2014).

Professional esteem indicators

  • Peer reviewer for Ecopsychology (2015-)
  • Peer reviewer for European Journal of Ecopsychology (2011-2014; 2019-)
  • Editorial Committee of European Journal of Ecopsychology (2011-2014) 

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