Dr Jen Tarr

Dr Jen Tarr

Assistant Professor in Research Methodology

Department of Methodology

0207 955 6950
Room No
COL 8.06
Office Hours
Thursdays 10:30 - 12:30, apart from in Week 3. See LSE for You for alternative arrangements.
Key Expertise
Chronic pain, Ethnography, Visual and sensory methods, Ethnography

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.

Expertise Details

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.