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 ecological humanities. In the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Jonathan has taught extensively on the MSc Medical Leadership, Education and Research; and recently completed a two-year GCRF, MRC and AHRC funded Research Fellowship as part of a £200K theatre and mental health project which he 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 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 Academic Innovation Project (AIP) Panel and Decolonising DMU Expert Group in 2021. He is a member of CELT.
Prior to joining DMU, Jonathan trained and worked as an actor 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.
He is also 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.