Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 19 years.
Under the umbrella term of 'arts-based research', his main efforts have involved developing tools
from the arts and humanities for use by social scientists in research and its impact on a wider
public or a Perfomative Social Science.

Jones is Reader in Performative Social Science and Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research
at Bournemouth University. Kip has produced films and written many articles for academic
journals and authored chapters for books on topics such as masculinity, ageing and rurality,
and older LGBT citizens. His ground-breaking use of qualitative methods, including
biography and auto-ethnography, and the use of tools from the arts in social science research and
dissemination are well-known.

Jones acted as Author and Executive Producer of
the award-winning short film,
RUFUS STONE, funded by Research Councils UK.
The film is now available for
free viewing on the Internet and has been
viewed by more than 13,000 people in 150

Areas of expertise
• Close relationships, culture and ethnicity
• Social psychology, sociology
• Ageing, self and identity
• Interpersonal processes, personality,
individual differences,
social networks, prejudice and stereotyping
• Sexuality and sexual orientation
• Creativity and the use of the
arts in Social Science

Media experience
His work has been reported widely
in the media, including:
BBC Radio 4,BBC TV news,Times
Higher Education, Sunday New
York Times, International
and The Independent.

Saturday, 14 March 2009


My photographic adventure in New York was born from a mistake. I came to New York to live permanently two years ago. I was 30 and had spent most of my life in Paris. But I had seen and heard so much about New York that I felt overwhelmed even before setting foot in the city.

As a photographer, I needed a camera to help me meet and understand the city. I bought an old-fashioned manual-winding box camera for $9 and tried it on South Second Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where I was living.

I didn’t know what I was doing when I was making those pictures, and I didn’t really think about it until I went into the darkroom and saw the messy but amazing results. All the images overlapped one onto the next, creating weird shapes and complex layers, and revealing more about my new neighborhood than a thousand words.

That was when I understood that this approach, results of which can be viewed at, would become my way of communicating with the city.

My first project was to walk up Broadway all the way from Wall Street to the Bronx — a journey of nearly 15 miles that I made over three days — shooting pictures as I walked. Following this one strand of Manhattan, I understood that the city’s unique energy is fed from the many people of varied backgrounds who live here and mix in harmony, all pursuing their own dreams.

The shooting experience was magical, the developing of the film even more. To this day, that camera is still my exclusive tool for photographing New York.

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