Mr Jai Cooper

Mr Jai Cooper

Casual Academic

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

I've been a practising environmental educator and facilitator of local community action in catchment management including:

  • supervising, training and co-ordinating environmental youth programs;
  • guide, teacher and course co-ordinator in environmental, tourism and Aboriginal cultural programs on the NSW Mid North Coast; and
  • natural-resources community support officer with both local government and community networks.

I’ve worked in environmental education in both Australia and the US.  As a community support officer, I supported the Manning Coastcare Group - winners of the 2006 National Landcare Award and co-ordinated the Manning Estuary Restoration Program for Greater Taree City Council. From 2010-2018, I was a trainer and training co-ordinator for the Conservation Skills Centre delivering a range of training programs throughout NSW/ACT including the Australian Government's Green Army. 

Since 2008 with the University of Newcastle (sessional), I have taught into various sociology programs (Port Macquarie, Callaghan and online) and have specialised in teaching the relationship between society and the environment. 

My research background also includes the sociology of health and mobilities. In 2013-2015, I completed a research project 'Cycletopia in the Sticks' exploring the practice of bicycle advocacy in regional/rural communities of New South Wales with findings published in the journal Mobilities in 2017.

As a research student in 2017, I commenced a PhD in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and Arts. This work explores the experiences and visions of young people and their supervisors in environmental workfare programs. 


Qualifications

  • Master of Environmental Education, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Victoria University - Australia
  • Diploma of Conservation & Land Management, NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Plenty Training - RTO
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • environment
  • mobilities
  • sociology

Languages

  • Tok Pisin (Neomelanesian) (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200206 Globalisation and Culture 20
200203 Consumption and Everyday Life 20
160802 Environmental Sociology 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and Their Social Context
The University of Newcastle, NSW
Lecturer / Tutor 1/07/2017 - 31/12/2018
SOCA2065 Society and Environment
University of Newcastle - School of Humanities and Social Science
Lecturer / Tutor 1/06/2017 - 31/07/2019
SOCA3230 Culture and Identity
University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/01/2009 - 31/12/2010
EPHUMA254 Sociological Insights
University of Newcastle
Sociological Insights 1/07/2017 - 31/12/2019
EPHUMA154 The Sociological Gaze
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/01/2017 - 30/06/2019
SOCA3060 Society and Environment
University of Newcastle
Lecturer 1/01/2008 - 31/12/2010
NURS1102 Primary Health Care
University of Newcastle - School of Humanities and Social Science
Casual Lecturer / Tutor 1/01/2013 - 30/06/2019
SOCA1010 Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
University of Newcastle
Tutor / Lecturer 1/01/2018 - 30/06/2019
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Cooper J, Leahy T, 'Cycletopia in the sticks: bicycle advocacy beyond the city limits', Mobilities, 12 611-627 (2017) [C1]

© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper explores the experiences and perspectives of bicycle advocates in regional areas of New South Wales ... [more]

© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper explores the experiences and perspectives of bicycle advocates in regional areas of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Globally, cycling presents opportunities for affordable and sustainable transport and healthy lifestyles. Developing a global cycling system depends upon deliberative visions of a better future. Yet, urban cycling advocacy is engaged in a ¿permanent provocation¿ with motoring. Regional/rural advocacy contrasts against urban advocacy. Research, based on data collected in 2013¿2014, explored the practice of cycling advocacy in regional areas, the formation of regional advocate identities and advocates¿ visions for the future. Alternative geographic imaginaries for cycling are presented. Radical societal change is not expected by regional bicycle advocates but an embodied sensibility presents ¿re-wilding¿ as an emerging post-colonial discursive position to embrace.

DOI 10.1080/17450101.2016.1254898
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Terry Leahy
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Mr Jai Cooper

Positions

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Teacher
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Teacher
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email jai.cooper@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Room W325b Behavioural Sciences Building
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