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Research Interests

Equality issues in higher education; Identifying threshold concepts in design, violence against women


Dr Jane Osmond is a Research Fellow for the Institute for Future Transport and Cities.


As research fellow for the Institute, my main focus is on issues of mobility.  

For example, how students learn can affect their educational mobility, hence my interest in identifying threshold concepts in design to enable a lens to be applied to those transformational moments that transform a student into a designer.  

Similarly, I am currently researching the impact that unwanted sexual incidents can have on students' educational mobility as such incidents, which are mainly, but not always, experienced by women, can result in poor educational outcomes or the abandonment of higher education.

In addition, my focus is on transport mobility, particularly in relation to gender and transport - how can we ensure that transport (and public space) planners factor in women’s very different needs (in comparison to men) when planning public transport systems.

Vision Statement

My vision is that barriers to mobility, particularly in relation to education and transport, are removed based on a robust, evidentiary research focus.


Education/Academic qualification

Threshold Concepts, Doctorate, Coventry University

1 Jan 201130 May 2014

Communications, Degree, Coventry University

1 Sep 19981 Jun 2001

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2008 2020

The development of a feature matrix for the design of assistive technology products for young older people

Woodcock, A., Osmond, J. & Holliday, N., 1 Jan 2020, Design of Assistive Technology for Ageing Populations. Woodcock, A., Moody, L., McDonagh, D., Jain, A. & Jain, L. C. (eds.). Springer, p. 81-104 23 p. (Intelligent Systems Reference Library; vol. 167).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Consumer products
Older people
Product technology

Academic women and travel

Osmond, J. & Woodcock, A., 5 Apr 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

sexual harassment
public space

Academic women and travel

Osmond, J. & Woodcock, A., 11 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) 6th International Women’s Issue in Transportation Conference.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

sexual harassment
traffic behavior
research focus

The effects of gender transport poverty in Karachi

Iqbal, S., Woodcock, A., Tovey, M. & Osmond, J., 25 Aug 2019, (Submitted) In : Journal of Transport Geography.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public transport
gender disparity
4 Citations (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
online survey
educational policy
sexual violence

Activities 2006 2017

  • 10 Participation in conference
  • 1 Public Engagement Event
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Invited talk

II European Conference on Domestic Violence

Jane Osmond (Invited Speaker)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Vitality festival

Andree Woodcock (Speaker), Jane Osmond (Speaker), Sana Iqbal (Speaker)
1 Oct 20172 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

Collaborative Investigations and Approaches to Supporting Students

Jane Osmond (Speaker)
30 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The 10th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering

Jane Osmond (Speaker)
22 Sep 201325 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education

Jane Osmond (Speaker)
5 Sep 20136 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Winner of Vice Chancellor's Award for Equality and Diversity

Jane Osmond (Recipient), 6 Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)