Dr Jen Tarr

Dr Jen Tarr

Assistant Professor in Research Methodology

Department of Methodology

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COL 8.06
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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)


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.

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.