Honorary Research Fellow

My working life has been spent in education, as a special needs teacher, then advisor in child and adolescent mental health and well-being. I am now a qualified teacher of the Alexander technique, a contemplative body/mind discipline. My doctoral research was into what ‘well-being’ means in education. I was ordained in 2023 and serve as a curate in the Church of England. I am a member of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis.

Graduate Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission2023The Queens Foundation (Durham University)
Doctor of Philosophy (Education)2018Edge Hill University
Teacher of the Alexander Technique2014Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
Masters in Psychoanalytic Observation of Children and Families2003UEL/Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
PGCE /Certificate Teacher of the Deaf1987Manchester University
BA  Hons Arch and Anth IIi1984Cambridge University
Research interests and supervision areas
My research interests include a liberative approach to education, at all age and ability levels and the inclusion of children in the feminist project. I am keen on liturgical innovation which includes female language and imagery for the divine and in the area of inter-spiritual feminist practice. I also try to practice and think about a more holistic, embodied and creative approach to corporate and individual prayer. Doctrinally, I am interested in exploring the use of flourishing as a metaphor for divine activity in the world in preference to the more usual metaphor of salvation.
Selected publications
  • August 2024 : Embodying Prayer: Exploring Franciscan Spirituality with the Alexander Technique, Christian Alternative Books
  • Fox Eades, J.M. 2020. Well-being in Education: A Study of Theory and Practice, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press
  • Woods, C.; Williamson, M.; Fox Eades, J.M. 2018. Dewey and the Alexander Technique: Lessons in Mind-body learning In: Heilbronn, R., Doddington, C., Higham, R. eds. Dewey and Education in the 21st Century: Fighting Back. Emerald Publishing, pp. 83-100
  • Fox Eades, J. & Gray, J., 2017. Applying Positive Psychology in the Primary School: Celebrating Strengths, a UK Well-being Project . In: C. Proctor, ed. Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice. Switzerland : Springer , pp. 107-122.
  • Fox Eades, J., Proctor, C. & Ashley, M., 2013. Happiness in the Classroom . In: S. A. David, I. Boniwell & A. Conley Ayers, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Happiness . Oxford : OUP , pp. 579-591.
  • Fox Eades, J., 2013. Character Strengths Assemblies. Notts: TTS.
  • Fox Eades, J. & Catt, B., 2013. Celebrating Strengths: Character Strengths and Virtues at the Heart of Teaching and Learning. A series of 7 Festival Booklets for Primary Schools. Notts: TTS.
  • Fox Eades, J., 2011. Childhood transitions and celebrating strengths. In: S. Palmer & S. Panchal, eds. Developmental Coaching: Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives . Hove : Routledge , pp. 31-50.
  • Fox Eades, J. M., 2008. Celebrating Strengths: Building Strengths-based Schools. Coventry : CAPP Press .
  • Fox Eades, J. M., 2006. Classroom Tales: Using storytelling to build emotional, social and academic skills across the primary curriculum. London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


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