Tarr, Jen

Dr Jen Tarr  


Position held

Assistant Professor in Research Methodology


Experience keywords:

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

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I have expertise in qualitative methodology and sociology of health. My current research interests are in the area of visual images used in healthcare contexts in relation to pain and injury. This stems from my work on pain and injury amongst contemporary dancers (with Professor Helen Thomas, 2005-7) which used participant-generated images to examine how dancers make sense of their experiences of pain and injury and how they distinguish between them.

Previously, I have done work on somatic education techniques (Alexander Technique, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Rolfing, Body-Mind Centring), examining how the discourses of the founders of these techniques are negotiated in contemporary practice, and how this relates to the ways in which the body and health are conceptualised in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). I am also interested in research ethics, particularly in relation to visual images.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture; Healthcare


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; German [Spoken: Basic, Written: N/A]

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Tarr, Jen (2018) Beyond the binaries: reshaping pain communication through arts workshops Sociology of Health and Illness, 40 (3). 577-592. ISSN 0141-9889


Tarr, Jen and Gonzalez-Polledo, Elena and Cornish, Flora (2017) On liveness: using arts workshops as a research method Qualitative Research, 18 (1). 36-52. ISSN 1468-7941


Gonzalez-Polledo, Elena and Tarr, Jen (2016) The thing about pain: the remaking of illness narratives in chronic pain expressions on social media New Media and Society, 18 (8). 1455-1472. ISSN 1461-4448


Tarr, Jen (2015) Ethics and visual research Thinking Methods (1 Jul 2015) Blog entry

Mok, Tze Ming and Cornish, Flora and Tarr, Jen (2015) Too much information: visual research ethics in the age of wearable cameras Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49 (2). 309-322. ISSN 1932-4502


Tarr, Jen (2013) Book review: Ethics in qualitative research: controversiesand contexts LSE Review of Books (28 Jan 2013) Blog entry

Tarr, Jen (2013) Book review: the SAGE handbook of digital technology research LSE Review of Books (13 Nov 2013) Blog entry


Tarr, Jennifer and Thomas, Helen (2011) Mapping embodiment: methodologies for representing pain and injury Qualitative Research, 11 (2). 141-157. ISSN 1468-7941

Tarr, Jennifer (2011) Educating with the hands: working on the body/self in Alexander Technique Sociology of Health and Illness, 33 (2). 252-265. ISSN 0141-9889


Thomas, H. and Tarr, J. (2009) Dancers' perceptions of pain and injury: positive and negative effects Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 13 (2). 51-50. ISSN 1089-313X


Tarr, Jen (2008) Habit and conscious control: ethnography and embodiment in the Alexander Technique Ethnography, 9 (4). 477-497. ISSN 1466-1381

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