Dr Jenny FisherSenior Lecturer

Qualifications

BA (Hons)Health Studies - 1st class honours, Manchester Metropolitan University
MA in Health Studies - Nuffield Institute, Leeds University
PhD - Manchester Metropolitan University

Specialist Areas

  • Community
  • Ethnography
  • Spaces of care
  • Personalisation and social care
  • Gender and policy
  • Belonging and Well-being

Research Interests

My principal research interests centre around community studies, social change, reflexive ethnography and issues of gender and policy. My PhD research focused on womens' experiences of belonging, well-being and social networks using an ethnographic, qualitative approach. I am also interested in research covering personalisation and current social care policy.

Funded RKE Projects

  • Alzheimer's Society - Evaluation of Home Focus (2015 - 2017) - awarded £52,000 with Prof Josie Tetley and Open University
  • Building Community Capacity with Health Visitors (2014) - awarded £5,000 as project lead
  • Harmonization of Preschool Teacher Education Curricula in Serbia - Tempus funded project (2014-2017)
  • KEIF funding (2013) Project Lead: A needs analysis and development of community capacity building training - awarded £5,000
  • Home-Start Manchester South evaluation (2013-2014) £5,000 Co-investigator
  • Big Society Community Organisers project (2011-2012) Principal Investigator. See link here. Total funding £99,000 from Cabinet Office.
  • 'Third sector engagement in the health sector supply chain', ESRC Placement (2010-2011) with Co-operatives UK

Editorships and Consultancies

Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Working With Older People

Impact

Journal Reviewer

  • Society
  • Community Work and Family
  • Polity Press
  • Journal of Working With Older People
  • Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

Awards

  • Winner of Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care Best Newcomer to Enterprise - 2010
  • RIHSC Award for Research - July 2011
  • Exemplary Researcher Award - 2013 RIHSC Annual Conference

External Examinerships

  • BA (Hons) Social and Community Development, The University of Northampton - 2013-

Research Outputs

Authored Books

Fisher J., Sarkar R. 2006. "The LSP Guide 3rd edition". Urban Forum, London.
isbn: 0-955142-10-5

Journal Articles

Fisher, J., Lawthom, R. and Kagan, C. (2014) "Revolting talks of migrant workers and community organisers - a UK Community Psychology perspective", Australian Community Psychologist, 26(1), pp.37-50

Fisher, J., Kagan, C., Lawthom, R. and Gaule, S. (in press) "Delivering on the Big Society?: tensions in training community organisers", Local Government Studies

Fisher J., Baines S. and Rayner M. (2012) "Personalisation and the Co-operative Tradition" Social Policy and Society, Vol.11, No.4, pp.507-518
DOI: 10.1017/S1474746412000218

Fisher J., Yarwood G. 2008. "Connecting Not Competing with Others: Raising Awareness of Wellbeing" Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, vol.128 no.3, pp.110 -111

Conference Presentations

Fisher, J., Yarwood. G.A. & Mitchell-Smith, Z. (2015) "UK/Hungary Knowledge Exchange in Social Care – experiences of partnership working", Research Institute for Health and Social Change Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 1-2 July

Fisher, J. Mitchell-Smith, Z., O'Neill, T., Lawthom, R. and McLaughlin, H. (2015) "Caring and volunteering in domestic spaces: an evaluation of a UK Home Start organisation", ECSWR 2015, Ljublana, Slovenia. 22-24 April

Fisher, J. (2014) "Knowing the weft and warp: bodies of research", Psychology of Women Society Annual Conference (British Psychological Society) Windsor, 9-11 July

Fisher, J., Lawthom, R. and Kagan, C. (2014) "Community psychology embracing co-production around narratives of migrant work and community organizing", Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, New York, 18-20 June

Fisher, J. (2014) "The Rhythm of Weaving: Caring, feeling at home and keeping going in a church space", Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, New York, 18-20 June

Lawthom, R. and Fisher, J. (2014) "Revolting subjects and abjection", Disability and Austerity: Pan-national Reflections Sheffield University, 8 May

Fisher, J., Lathwom, R., Kagan, C. and Gaule, S. (2013) "Creative disruptors or community development workers?: community organising in the north of England", 9th European Community Psychology Conference,Naples, Italy, 7-10 November

Fisher, J. (2013) "'Coming here keeps me going' - community space as an enabler of well-being, belonging and care", Research Community Work and Family Conference, Sydney, Australia, 17 - 19 July

Fisher, J. (2013) "'Coming here keeps me going' - community space as an enabler of well-being, belonging and care", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July

Fisher, J. (2013) "Social policy and the Big Society", Invited speaker at British Heart Foundation, London, 20 June

Fisher, J. (2013) "Personalisation and the Co-operative Tradition", invited speaker at Positive Ageing London, London, 29 April

Clennon, O. & Fisher, J. (2012) "Engagement through 'performative social science'", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 8th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 2-3 July

Fisher, J., Kagan, C., Lawthom, R. & Gaule, S. (2012) "Community Organising", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 8th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 2-3 July

Kagan, C., Lawthom, Fisher, J. and Clennon, O. (2012) "Using participative creative methods in Community spaces", Workshop presented at European Congress in Community Psychology, Barcelona

Fisher, J., Kagan, C, and Lawthom, R. (2012) 'Critical exploration of community organising in England', IV International Conference of Community Psychology, Barcelona, Spain 21-23 June 2012

Clennon, O., Kagan, C, Lawthom, R. and Fisher, J. (2012) 'Can participatory music be used as an evaluation tool that helps build community?', IV International Conference of Community Psychology, Barcelona, Spain 21-23 June 2012

Fisher, J. (2012) 'Critical Community Engagement', TUAS International Week, Turku, Finland, 18-20 April

Fisher, J. 2011 "Community Organising in a Big Society" at: CARPE Inaugural Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2-4 November

Worley, C. and Fisher, J. (2011) "Gendering the 'new politics' of a Big Society", RIHSC Annual Conference, Manchester, 2 July

Fisher, J. 2011 "'Coming here keeps me going': an exploration of older womens' everyday experiences of social interaction and their feelings of well-being" at: RIHSC Annual Conference, Manchester, 1 July

Baines S., Bull M.F., Fisher J., Rayner M. 2010. "The Co-operative Tradition and the Personalisation of Social Care and Health" at: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Grand Connaught Rooms, London

Fisher J., Baines S., Rayner M., Bull M.F. 2010. "Personalisation and the Co-operative tradition"" at: Transforming Elderly Care, Copenhagen Feeling blue? Why a prescription may not be the answer. Danish National Centre for Social Research..

Baines S., Bull M.F., Fisher J., Rayner M. 2010. "The Co-operative Tradition and the Personalisation of Social Care and Health" at: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

Fisher J. 2009. "The Church as a Community Anchor: Women's Belonging and Well Being in a Northern English City" at: Third International Community, Work and Family Conference. Utrecht, Netherlands.

Fisher J. 2009. "The Church as a Community Anchor: Women's Belonging and Well Being in a Northern English City" at: Religion and Knowledge Conference, British Sociological Association. Durham, UK.

Fisher J. 2008. "Getting by Through Faith" at: Research Institute for Health & Social Change, MMU. Manchester, UK.

Yarwood G., Fisher J. 2008. "Experiences of Teaching Wellbeing" at: International Interdisciplinary Congress of Womens, Women's Worlds, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.

Worley C., Fisher J. 2008. "From Blair to Brown - Discourses of 'Comunity' in a Changing New Labour" at: II International Conference on Community Psychology. Lisbon, Portugal.

Research Reports

Fisher, J., Baines, S. and Rayner, M. 2011. "Personalisation of social care and health - a co-operative solution"
Available at: http://www.uk.coop/resources/documents/personalisation-social-care-and-health-co-operative-solution

Current Teaching Input

  • Employability Lead for BA Social Care
  • Level 4 - Unit Lead: Changing Communities, Challenging Practice (BA Social Care)
  • Level 5 - Unit Lead: Social Care: Community Work and Family (BA Social Care)
  • Level 6 - Community and Society: Contemporary Issues and Debates (BA Social Care)
  • Level 6 - Independent Research Supervisor (BA Social Care)
  • MSc Practice Development - Reserach methods
  • MA Health and Social Care - Unit co-lead for Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care

Doctoral Supervisions

Current PhD Students

  • Katy Goldstraw* - From isomorphism to privatising charity? - An analysis of the opportunities and challenges to the Voluntary and Community Sector in Manchester under the current Coalition Government (2010-2015)
  • Faye Bruce - Awareness, knowledge and attitudes to the risk and prevention of cardiovascular disease. An ethnographic study of African and Caribbean people's experience in an urban area.
  • Kim Heyes - An Examination of the Role of Community Social Support Groups in the Lives of People with Mental Health Problems.
  • Majid Hussain - How has the wellbeing of Muslim communities been affected by Islamophobia relating to Community Psychology perspectives?
  • Maxine Horne - What would embodied workshops on developing skills to protect against loneliness look like?
* denotes Director of Studies

PhD Completions

  • Neil Carey - Telling on the (homo)sexual: (fictional) autoethnographic stories in Social Science.
  • Ryan Woolrych (2012) - Situating Sense of Place and Well-being Within Urban Regeneration Practice

Other Responsibilities

Lead academic for MMU Community Organising Project
Departmental Public Engagement Champion
Jenny Fisher

Research Centre

Social Change & Wellbeing

Department

Social Work & Social Change Dept
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 2472225

Fax: 0161 247 6844

Email: j.fisher@mmu.ac.uk

Twitter: @JennyCFisher