Rescue Geography  

Exploring understandings of space and place with mobile technologies

Welcome to Rescue Geography

Rescue Geography was a project that ran from 2007-10, starting with a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council.  The idea is based around exploring how being in a particular place affects the way people think about it.  We undertook a series of projects using mobile techniques for collecting stories and opinions from people whilst actually in the place they're telling us about.

A number of techniques for doing this have been developed and refined, primarily using GPS ('sat-nav') technology to allow us to connect people's feelings about their environment to the location they're in at that moment.  Sometimes this involves walking interviews, sometimes asking people to narrate a journey around their local area, sometimes using mobile devices (PDAs, phones etc.) to make a record of their environment.  If you look in the Eastside and Cycling project pages, you can see maps produced by these different techniques.

The project resulted in a number of outputs, some of which are publically accessible, others requiring a subscription to academic journals.

Jones P (2012 in press) Sensory indiscipline and affect: a study of commuter cycling. Social & Cultural Geography

Jones P & Evans J (2012) Rescue Geography: place making, affect and regeneration.  Urban Studies 49;11, 2315-2330

Jones P & Evans J (2012) The spatial transcript: analysing mobilities through qualitative GIS. Area 44;1 92-99

Jones P & Burwood D (2011) Cycling and the city: reflections of commuting practices.  Liminalities: A journal of performance studies 7;4 no pagination Free access

Jones P & Evans J (2011) Creativity and project management: a comic ACME10;3 585-632 Free access

Evans J & Jones P (2011) The walking interview: methodology, mobility and place Applied Geography 31;2 849-858

Jones P Drury R & McBeath J (2011) Using GPS-enabled mobile computing to augment qualitative interviewing: two case studies Field Methods 23;2 173-187

Ricketts Hein J., Jones P. & Evans J. (2008) Mobile methodologies: theory, technology and practice Geography Compass 2;5 1266-1285

Jones, P., Bunce, G., Evans, J., Gibbs, H., & Ricketts Hein, J. (2008). Exploring space and place with walking interviews Journal of Research Practice 4;2 Free access

What was Rescue Geography?

Rescue Geography was a project examining people's understandings of their local environment.  Much of the work involved the use of mobile technologies.

The project leaders were two academic geographers, Phil Jones from the University of Birmingham and James Evans from the University of Manchester.