Research Interests
Waiting, affect, the sensorial and materiality.

Since October 2018 I have been undertaking a non-practice based full-time ESRC funded Human Geography PhD at Durham University

'New Spaces of Waiting:
A Geography of Feeling'

In a consumer society where wants and needs may be instantly fulfilled, waiting for anything seems increasingly like an anachronism. And yet whether in relation to flows of people or things, or the work of bureaucracies, spaces of waiting proliferate and are integral to how our society of connections and circulations functions. The study examines how the practice of waiting is embodied, with a particular focus on the new spaces of waiting that the COVID 19 pandemic has created. It will attempt to move forward conceptualisations of waiting as an interruption, towards considering waiting as a form of affective-sensorial-material feeling. It is intended that the study will have impact within and outside the mobilities literature.

I am pursuing similar ideas with a further study, 'Spaces of Paused Mobility: A Geography of Waiting' where I interview astronauts about the multiple temporalities that surround waiting for space travel.

A third study, 'Moments of Collective Delight: A Geography of Love' explores the atmospheres, sensations and materialities created by Newport County AFC fans through ecconomies of volunteerism and collective feelings. The study has a particular focus on the atmosphere Newport County AFC fans created on 6th of January 2019 when they beat premier league team Leicester City.



Waiting room Victoria J E Jones

Academic Writing

Jones, V. J. E. (2020) Timescapes of waiting: spaces of stasis, delay and deferral. Social & Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2020.1736890 (book review)

Jones, V. J. E. (2017) Smell the City: A Particpatory Art Installation. In: Henshaw, V.Medway, D. McClean, K (eds) Designing with Smell: Practices, Techniques And Challenges. Routledge: New York. Pp. 9-18



Conference Papers

Jones, V. J. E. 2021. Feeling, Sensating in Suspension: Waiting in COVID-19 Shopping Queues. To be presented at: Uncommon Senses III: Back to the Future of the Senses, Concordia University. Virtual conference.6 - 9 May 2021.


Jones, V. J. E. 2021. Feeling and Writing in Suspension: Waiting in COVID-19 Shopping Queues. To be presented at: American Association of Geographers, Annual Meeting. Virtual conference. April 7-11 2021.


Jones, V. J. E. 2021. Feeling in Suspension: Waiting in COVID-19 Shopping Queues. To be presented at: Temporal Belongings. Virtual conference. March 16 2021.


Jones, V. J. E. 2019. Moments of Collective Delight: A Paper of Two Halves Plus Extra Time. Presented at: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London. 28 August 2018.


Brigstocke, J & Jones, V. J. E. 2018. Harena: Sand, Suspension, and Aesthetics. Presented at: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference Cardiff University, Cardiff. 31 August 2018.


Jones, V. J. E. 2015. In Search of Vibrant Matter: A Polar Exploration. Presented at: Third Annual Land2/ PLaCE , International Postgraduate Event Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art & Design, Dundee 29 - 30 January 2015


Jones, V. J. E. 2014. Smell The City a Participatory Narrative: or Eight Lumps of Lard Down the Pub. Presented at: WIRAD, Emerging Researcher Conference, Cardiff. 11 - 12 September 2014


Jones, V. J. E. 2014. Smell The City a Participatory Narrative: or Eight Lumps of Lard Down the Pub. Presented at: Design Practices and Principles. University of British Colombia, Vancouver. 16 - 18 January 2014


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