School of Geography

Dr Jessica Jacobs


Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2777
Room Number: Geography Building, Room 202


My research actively explores how global networks are created and negotiated through (gendered) tourist-local encounters that take place in a variety of landscapes of culture and leisure (differently constituted forms of tourist space). My research methods include the use of participatory filmmaking as a valuable tool for the presentation of alternative ‘visual knowledges’.

From 2008-2011 I was co-investigator on the ESRC funded project ‘Rebranding the Levant: Contested Heritage and Colonial Modernities in Amman and Damascus’

The project produced four short interconnected films exploring our complex relationship to heritage in the Middle East. 

I am currently completing a teaching guide Film as a Research Method: A Practice-based Guide (Sage 2015) and a special issue of AREA on the the use of film in Geography. Future research films in development include Looking for Go(l)d (Producer: Metafilmes Portugal) a fictional account of the geographies of love and greed, set in the Sinai and developed through collaborative storytelling workshops with the local community.

Jessica is also a tutor for GEG4002 Ideas and Practice in Geography and GEG5103 Geographical Research in Practice

Jessica Jacobs CV [DOC 130KB]

Research Projects

A Different Sense of Space: How Bedouins mapped the Sinai  
British Academy Leverhulme Research Award (Principal Investigator) 2014-2016
While there have been Bedouin tribes living in the Sinai peninsula since the Islamic conquest of Egypt in the 7th century (mostly between 13th and 17th centuries) it is often assumed that because Bedouin culture relies on oral transmission of its history, there are no written documents relating specifically to this long and rich history, other than traveller accounts. This project proposes to digitize, collect and translate and film an important and under-researched series of documents housed in St. Katherine’s monastery in order to build up a historical geography of the Bedouin in the South Sinai and explore the impact of Bedouin spatial imaginations on boundary development in the South Sinai.