In IESD, Jonathan is deputy module leader on ‘Leading Change for Sustainability’ (a module within the MSc Energy and Sustainable Development) and Honorary Research Fellow in ecological humanities. In the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Jonathan teaches on the MSc Global Health and has taught extensively on the MSc Medical Leadership, Education and Research; he was also Research Fellow on a two-year GCRF, MRC and AHRC funded £200K theatre and mental health project which he co-devised based in Pune, India. Jonathan has taught acting/performance skills on POD’s 3-day 'Effective learning and teaching' course for new lecturers. He co-presents staff workshops on 'The joy of systems thinking' and 'Systems thinking for academics'. Jonathan was appointed a DMU Teacher Fellow in 2020 and to the Decolonising DMU Expert Group in 2021. He is a member of the Centre for Academic Innovation and Teaching Excellence (CAITE).
Jonathan 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 more sophisticated eco-psychiatric understandings of ecocrisis. His research continues to focus on eco-psyche relations, and on related critiques of modernity, techno-science and eco-crisis.
He is Honorary Research Fellow in History at Nottingham University, Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health (Nottingham), and has been Visiting Lecturer on the 'Sustainable Energy Futures' module of Nottingham University's MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering. Prior to joining DMU, Jonathan trained and worked as an actor and was Literary Director of the British Shakespeare Company.