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Dr Jo Pike

About Dr Jo Pike

Dr Jo Pike is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Leeds Beckett University.

Jo joined Leeds Beckett University in 2015 after holding appointments at the University of Leeds and the University of Hull. She was a Visiting Fellow at Monash University in Australia in 2014 and has an extensive research background in Childhood Studies.

Jo is an experienced research supervisor and welcomes applications in the following areas:

  • Children and family food practices
  • Children's geographies
  • Foucault, governmentality and neo-liberalism
  • Food pedagogy
  • Geographies of health and wellness

Current Teaching

  • Visual and Literary Perspectives of Childhood
  • Language and Communication
  • Development and Childhood
  • Education Placement
  • The Philosophy of Childhood

Research Interests

Jo's research interests centre on children and young people’s health and well-being, space and spatiality. Her work is concerned with the construction of young people's health as a moral problem and can be broadly located within the Foucauldian inspired field of governmentality studies. She has contributed theoretical and empirical journal articles in the field of Children's Geographies and her most recent books include Neoliberalism, Austerity and the Moral Economies of Young People's Health and Well-Being (2016) and The Moral Geographies of Children, Young People and Food: Beyond Jamie’s School Dinners (2014). Outside of academia, Jo is best known for her work on free school meals with Professor Derek Colquhoun which was used to inform school meals policy in England, Scotland and the USA. She has appeared in local and national media on this topic. Jo is currently working on an empirical research project entitled, Therapeutic Landscapes of Schooling and a forthcoming publication on Children's Foodscapes.

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