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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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Research Output 2008 2018

online survey
educational policy
sexual violence

Developing empathy for older users in undergraduate design students

Woodcock, A., McDonagh, D. & Osmond, J. 14 Apr 2018 In : Design and Technology Education: An International Journal. 23, 2, p. 24-39 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

Empathy, design and human factors

Woodcock, A., McDonagh, D., Osmond, J. & Scott, W. 2018 Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Usability and User Experience, 2017: Advances in Usability and User Experience. Springer Verlag, Vol. 607, p. 569-579 11 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 607)

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

Human engineering

Conclusion: Smart Cities

Woodcock, A., Tovey, M. & Osmond, J. 2017 Designing Mobility and Transport Services: Developing Traveller Experience Tools. Tovey, M., Woodcock, A. & Osmond, J. (eds.). Oxon: Taylor and Francis Ltd., p. 234-240 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Deploying traditional and smartphone app survey methods in measuring door-to-door travel satisfaction in eight European cities

Susilo, Y. O., Woodcock, A., Liotopoulos, F., Duarte, A., Osmond, J., Abenoza, R. F., Anghel, L. E., Herrero, D., Fornari, F., Tolio, V., O'Connell, E., Markucevičiūte, I., Kritharioti, C. & Pirra, M. 2017 In : Transportation Research Procedia. 25, p. 2257-2275 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Application programs
online survey

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

Osmond, J. (Invited Speaker)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Vitality festival

Woodcock, A. (Speaker), Osmond, J. (Speaker), Iqbal, S. (Speaker)
1 Oct 20172 Oct 2017

Activity: Public Engagement Event

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

Osmond, J. (Speaker)
22 Sep 201325 Sep 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education

Osmond, J. (Speaker)
5 Sep 20136 Sep 2013

Activity: Participation in conference


Winner of Vice Chancellor's Award for Equality and Diversity

Jane Osmond (Recipient), 6 Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)