Jamie Lorimer joined the School of Geography and the Environment in October 2012. Jamie has a BSc (Hons, first class) and PhD from the University of Bristol. His PhD and subsequent post-doctoral fellowships at Oxford (2005-7) were funded by the ESRC. Prior to returning to Oxford, Jamie lectured for four years at Kings College London.
Jamie’s research interests encompass cultural geography, the geographies of science, the politics of Nature and wildlife conservation. His work explores inherently geographical questions that conjoin the social and the environmental sciences. He employs qualitative, visual, ethnographic and historical methods. He has conducted extensive periods of fieldwork in the UK, Sri Lanka and most recently the Netherlands. Jamie’s research has been funded by a series of grants from the ESRC and has been published in many of the leading geography and interdisciplinary journals. He has been a visiting researcher at the Universities of British Columbia and Peradeniya (Sri Lanka).
Jamie is from London.
For the Final Honour School, Jamie lectures on the ‘Environmental Geography’ foundation course. Jamie convenes an FHS option, ‘Geographies of Nature’, based on his research.
At Hertford College, Jamie and his colleagues are responsible for teaching students across the entire breadth of geographical topics for the Preliminary Examination and Final Honour School of Geography.
Jamie is the Academic Director for the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance course. He convenes and teaches on the ‘Nature and Society’ core course for this MSc. Jamie also co-teaches a module on ‘Conservation and Society’ on the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. As part of the core ‘Research Skills’ training for all MSc and DPhil students, Jamie teaches ‘Visual Methods’.
Jamie welcomes enquiries from individuals wishing to undertake doctoral or post-doctoral research in the following, or related, areas: the histories, geographies, cultures and politics of wildlife conservation; geographies of science; the politics of Nature; animal geographies and animal studies more generally; urban wildlife; volunteering and environmental imagery. Jamie is currently developing new research interests in the microbiome and would also welcome enquiries in this area.
Jamie’s current research focuses on the microbiome – the invisible life in, on and around us. In an ESRC-funded Transformative Research Project, entitled Good germs, Bad germs, Jamie is collaborating with colleagues in the School to develop a participatory model for mapping the domestic microbiome. This project aims to take the science of metagenomics out of the lab to allow members of the public to visualize and experiment upon the life in their kitchens. Working with the Food Standards Agency, the project explores how hygiene practices are shaped by an awareness of the inevitability of microbial life in domestic spaces. In other work on the microbiome, Jamie is exploring the emergence of pro-biotic approaches to managing human and environmental health – focusing in particular on the rise of helminthic and other forms of biotherapy for tackling autoimmune and allergic disease.
These research interests emerge from over a decade of work exploring the geographies of Nature. This research focuses on the implications of the Anthropocene for contemporary environmental thought and practice. The public recognition of humans as a planet changing force challenges forms of science and policy premised on the separation of Nature from Society. It also poses questions to the category Human as the sole locus of agency and value. Jamie’s work explores ‘more-than-human’ and ‘multinatural’ alternatives. Jamie has recently drawn this work together in a research monograph. A recent talk on this theme can be found here.
This general interest has been developed through three substantial research projects. The last of which, entitled Return of the wild was funded by an ESRC small grant. This project explores the history, politics and geographies of rewilding. This is a emerging as a new paradigm for wildlife conservation, with important implications for how we conceive and govern the environment. This project focused on the Oostvaardersplassen and Heck cattle in the Netherlands.
Prior research examined the rise of volunteering as way of delivering international conservation from the UK, focusing on the history, geographies, imagery and politics of Asian elephant conservation in Sri Lanka. Jamie was a co-investigator on this project with Professor Sarah Whatmore. The project was funded by an ESRC small grant and was entitled Scientific ecotourism and (post)colonial encounters with wildlife. Jamie’s PhD and post-doctoral research traced the arrival of biodiversity as an organising concept for UK wildlife conservation. His thesis examined the histories, geographies and politics of the mode of conservation to which it has given rise.
Lorimer, J. (2017) Living well with parasitic worms: a more-than-human geography of global health. Chapter 6 in, Herrick, C. and Reubi, D. (eds.) Global Health and Geographical Imaginaries. Routledge, London. pp. 94-113.
Driessen, C. and Lorimer, J. (2016) Back Breeding the Aurochs: The Heck Brothers, National Socialism and Imagined Geographies for Non-Human Lebensraum. Chapter 6 in, Giaccaria, P. and Minca, C. (eds.) Hitler’s Geographies: The Spatialities of the Third Reich. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 376 pp. ISBN: 9780226274423.
Lorimer, J. (2013) Les animaux mouvants dans les images en mouvement: le cas des elephants. In, Roux, J., Charvolin, F. and Dumain, A. (eds.) Passions cognitives: L’objectivité a l’épreuve du sensible. Editions des archives contemporaines, Paris.
Lorimer, J. (2013) Witnessing and evoking moving animals: Deleuzian methodologies for more-than-human visual analysis. In, Coleman, R. and Ringrose, J. (eds.) Deleuze and Research Methodologies. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN: 9780748644100..
Lorimer, J. (2012) Touching environmentalisms: the place of touch in the fraught biogeographies of elephant captivity. In, Patterson, M. and Dodge, M. (eds.) Touching Space, Placing Touch. Ashgate. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0214-5.