Dr Jamie Arathoon

  • Lecturer in Human Geography (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)


Jamie completed their PhD entitled "The geographies of care and training in assistance dog partnerships" in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. After this they worked on an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh where they continued their research on assistance dog partnerships through an ethnomethodological lens. They then worked as a Lecturer in Geography at York St John University running courses on Nature/Culture and Landscape and Culture before returning to Glasgow in April 2024 as a Lecturer in Human Geography. 

Research interests

Jamie is interested in general in animal geographies and disability geographies. Their work is around human-animal interaction and relationships and they particularly like to use video and graphic transcripts within their work.

Assistance Dogs

My research on assistance dog partnerships examines the practices of care and training between assistance dogs and their handlers. With the charity Dog A.I.D. Jamie completed their PhD presenting at a number of geography conferences as well as the Assistance Dogs International Conference in 2021. They are currently working in publicly shared videos of assistance dog access denial.

Pet Theft

Jamie has an ongoing interest in the geographies of pet theft. Pet theft, not a crime in its own right, is widely misunderstood, and along with Dr Dan Allen (Keele University), they have been examining the statistics around pet theft, people's experiences of having a pet be missing or stolen, the emotions around this loss, and how people go about searching for their pets. This academic work bridges a divide due to its public concern and has been used to impact the development of the UK Gov Pet Theft Taskforce. 



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2022-2023: ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (~£113,000).

2018-2021: PhD funding through the prestigious SGSSS-ESRC DTP funding stream (~£75,000).