Dr Jamie Arathoon

ESRC Fellow


Jamie Arathoon is a geographer interested in human-animal relations, disability, ethnomethodology,  and video. They received their BA from Keele University (2014-2017) and their MRes from University of Glasgow (2017-2018). They completed their PhD entitled: "The geographies of care and training in the development of assistance dog partnerships" supervised by Prof Hester Parr and Prof Chris Philo.

Jamie is now an ESRC Fellow and writing work around the interconnection of animal and disability geographies, assistance dogs, and anthropomorphic language.


PhD - 2018-2022 - Human Geography - University of Glasgow

MRes - 2017-2018 - Human Geography - University of Glasgow

BA - 2014-2017 - Geography - Keele University

Research summary

My research sits at the boundary of animal and disability geographies. For my PhD research I explored care and training between physically disabled humans and their assistance dogs. I utilise ethnographic video as a methodological approach.

For my current role as an ESRC Fellow I will be analysing my data through a geographical-ethnomethodological approach looking particularly at how physically disabled people train their pets to become assistance dogs. I focus on individual training tasks such as: learning to push open a door; pick up a wallet; pull a light switch. Furthermore, I am interested in analysing anthropomorphic language and actions.

Current research interests

Animal Geographies; Assistance Animals; Care; Disability; Disability Geographies; Ethnomethodology; Video methods

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