Jonathan  Tummons Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Jonathan Tummons

Associate Professor in Education
Durham University, UK

I am an ethnographer of education, and am interested in using ethnographic methods to explore the everyday practices of students and teachers in a variety of contexts in higher and further education. I am particularly interested in exploring teaching and learning through using frameworks and concepts that derive from sociology and anthropology, including: communities of practice theory; actor-network theory; and literacy as social practice (‘new literacy studies’).

Subjects: Education


I came to academia late, after a history degree, working as a porter, a cartoonist, and a cycle mechanic [Cytech level 2 qualified]. I began teaching evening classes to adults in 1995 and slowly became more interested in the education process than in the history subjects that I was teaching. I studies for a PGCE [post-compulsory], MEd and PhD, all part-time [twelve years], working at FE colleges and later at Teesside University. I started working at Durham in 2013.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Actor-Network Theory
    Modes of Existence
    Communities of Practice
    Further, Higher and Adult Education
    Professional learning and development

Personal Interests

    Reading. Music. Records. Lego.



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