Words shape our Worlds – Adventures in Writing

Janice K Jones


Publications, Performance

Like most writers I’ve explored and worked in several fields – writer, arts performer and academic. Early challenges brought travel from the UK to the USA – learning to interview dancers and capture film in the mid 80’s during a three month Churchill Fellowship in Dance. Later, in Australia, I gained a Masters’ Degree in Online Learning and went on to complete a PhD in Education.

This allowed me wonderful opportunities to publish in equity and social justice, community action, and learning through the arts and technologies. My publications are available through the University of Southern Queensland where I have held an Honorary role – Senior Lecturer, Arts Education since 2017.

Adventures in learning

Now I’m enjoying a return to study – for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing) with Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane (QUT).


My early publications focused on arts facilitation through natural environments with children and adults. Later work included collaborative book creation with Indigenous families in Toowoomba, Queensland, voluntary arts practice with at-risk teenagers, and a VR active installation at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery in collaboration with the Whaddup youth and community group.

Originating from the UK I’ve lived and worked teaching in Canada for (Ontario and Quebec), Turkey (governess), and Korea (establishment and recruitment for a university-partner education centre). I’ve greatly enjoyed presenting at conferences on the Arts, Open Education, Body-Technology Performance and Virtual Worlds in Europe and the ASEAN region.

Snapshot of publications

Jones, J.K., Farley, H. & Murphy, A. (2018) Virtual worlds as restorative environments. In: Authentic virtual world education: facilitating cultural engagement and creativity. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 45-59.

Henderson, L., Black, A., Crimmins, G., & Jones, J. K. (2019) Civic engagement as empowerment: sharing our names and remembering our her-stories—resisting ofuniversity. In: Strategies for resisting sexism in the academy: higher education, gender and intersectionality. Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., New York.

Albion, P. R., Jones, D., Campbell, C., & Jones, J. (2017) Open educational practice and preservice teacher education: understanding past practice and future possibilities. In: 28th Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE 2017 Award winning paper)

Jones, J.K. (2016, 7 April). Provocation: 13 Moons: A story of Ashes, Blood, Light. Performance Architectures, Wearables and Gestures Of Participation. International Metabody Forum, Artaud performance Centre, Brunel University. http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/MetabodyForumResearch.html

Jones, J.K. (2014). Neither of the air, nor of the earth but a creature somewhere between: The researcher as traveller between worlds. In Trimmer, K., Black, A., & Riddle, S., (Eds.) Researching Mainstreams, Margins and the Spaces In-Between. Research in Education. Routledge Research in Education

University of southern Queensland e-Prints

Google Scholar Dr Janice K Jones

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Public Speaking

2015 Invited Keynote The Big House Closing the Gap: Dreams and Dissonant Discourses International Conference on Deep Languages Education Policy and Practices, University of Southern Queensland.

2014 Invited PlenaryRedefining University-Community Engagement: International Conference of University Community Engagement (November 25 – 28), Makassar, Indonesia. 

2014 (March – June 24), Invited Visiting Scholar Pedagogy, Language, Arts and Culture in Education (PLACE) research group, University of Cambridge, UK.

2013 Invited Contributor Commonwealth Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network (CCIAN Forum 1) Mapping Intercultural Arts Practice. Contributor/Performer, University of Cambridge, UK.

2012 Invited Visiting Scholar (October 15 – 25) Graduate School of Education, Exeter University, UK

About Me

I am a writer and artist of Celtic background who has worked as an educator and writer in the arts in the UK, Canada, Turkey, Korea, and Australia. I taught, researched and published academic works in the arts during an academic career at University of Southern Queensland. Now in the beautiful north Brisbane area (Kau-in-Kau-in or blood-blood, for the red cliffs of these coastal lands of the Ningy Ningy people of Queensland, I have returned to study Creative Writing with Queensland University of Technology at Brisbane.

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