Dr Jen Tarr

Dr Jen Tarr

Assistant Professor in Research Methodology

Department of Methodology

0207 955 6950
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About me

Jen Tarr is Assistant Professor in Research Methodology in the Department of Methodology. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was previously a lecturer in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin, and has also taught at Goldsmiths College and the University of Sussex and was a research fellow at the London College of Fashion.

Research Interests

Qualitative research methods, especially visual and other sensory methods; chronic pain; sociology of health and medicine; visual imaging technologies; somatic and movement practices including dance.


chronic pain; ethnography; visual and sensory methods; ethnography; qualitative interviewing; qualitative research methodologies; sociology of health

Recent research projects

Principal Investigator on Communicating Chronic Pain: Interdisciplinary Methods for Non-Textual Data, National Centre for Research Methods Methodological Innovations Grant, May 2013-September 2014

Pain and Visual Culture pilot project, Trinity College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund

Pain and Injury in a Cultural Context: Dancers' Embodied Understandings and Visual Mapping, Arts and Humanities Research Council (London College of Fashion, with Prof. Helen Thomas)



Gonzalez-Polledo E. and Tarr J. (eds) (2017) Painscapes: Communicating Pain. Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

Tarr J, Cornish F and Gonzalez-Polledo E (2018) Beyond the binaries: Using participatory arts workshops to reshape pain communication. Sociology of Health and Illness. 40(3). 

Tarr J, Gonzalez-Polledo E and Cornish F (2017) On liveness: Using arts workshops as a research method, Qualitative Research.  OnlineFirst: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1468794117694219

Gonzalez-Polledo, E and Tarr, J (2016) The thing about pain: The remaking of illness narratives in chronic pain expressions on social media.  New Media & Society, 18(8): 1455-1472.  First published online 2014.

Mok, TM, Cornish, F and Tarr, J (2015) ‘Too much information: Visual research ethics in the age of wearable cameras’.  Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49(2): 309-322. First published online 2013. 

Tarr, J and Thomas, H (2011) ‘Mapping Embodiment: Methodologies for Representing Pain and Injury’.  Qualitative Research, 11 (2): 141-57.

Selected for republication in Hughes, J. (2012) SAGE Visual Methods, vol 4. 

Tarr, J (2011) ‘Educating with the hands: working on the body/self in Alexander Technique’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(2): 252-65.

Concurrently published in Twigg, J., Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L. and Nettleton, S. (2011) Body Work in Health and Social Care: Critical Themes, New Agendas, Wiley Blackwell: Malden MA and Oxford, pp 81-93.

Thomas, H. and Tarr, J (2009) ‘Dancers’ Experiences of Pain and Injury: Positive and Negative Effects.’  Journal for Dance Medicine and Science, 13(2): 51-59.

Tarr, J  (2008) ‘Habit and Conscious Control: Ethnography and Embodiment in the Alexander Technique,’ Ethnography 9(4): 477-497.

Book Chapters

Tarr J (2017) ‘Painscapes and Method’ in Gonzalez-Polledo E and Tarr J (eds) Painscapes: Communicating Pain.  Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 229-248.

Tarr J (2004) ‘Embodiment, Reflexivity, and Movement Re-education: An Ethnographic Case Study’. In Seale, C. (ed), Researching Society and Culture. 2nd Ed.  London: Sage Publications.