Parc des Courtillières, Ville de Pantin. ©Photo Gillian Jein.

Gillian Jein’s research is in the field of Urban Humanities. She is interested in exploring experiences and imaginaries of cities through the lens of cultural production, and drawing aesthetics into dialogue with issues of social and environmental ethics. Her current project, ‘Inventing Grand Paris: Visual Culture, Regeneration and the Right to the City’, looks at the entanglement of material and visual culture in the large-scale regeneration of the city’s suburbs. This research was funded by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship Grant (2018–2019), and she is currently writing a monograph based on this work. Interested in developing research through practice, she has collaborated with visual artists on projects exploring issues such as surveillance, violence, and urban ecologies. At the moment, she is developing a project around urban naturecultures and theories of care in collaboration with organisations and artists in Newcastle.



  • PhD in French Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. Supervised by Prof. David Scott and fully funded by the TCD Ussher Fellowship.
  • Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA), Université Sorbonne Nouvelle—Paris III. Supervised by Philippe Hamon. Pensionnaire at the École Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Paris.
  • B.A. Two Subject Moderatership in French & History, Trinity College, Dublin. Funded by the Drogheda Credit Union Scholarship.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Academic Positions

Gillian is Senior Lecturer in French in the School of Modern Languages (SML), Newcastle University. She is the SML Director of Impact and Engagement. Before coming to Newcastle in 2018, she was lecturer (2012–2017)  and then senior lecturer at Bangor University in North Wales. She also served as Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Bangor from 2016–2018. Prior to Bangor, she worked on fixed-term contracts at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick and the University of Stirling.