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.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Ultimate trailer for Rufus Stone released!

The joint efforts of Trevor Hearing (BU Media School), Ross Hillard (composer) and Kip Jones (Media School & HSC) have produced a short trailer for Rufus Stone the movie that captures both the story of the film as well as the beauty of its cinematography in two and a half minutes.

Rufus Stone is a film about love, sexual awakening and treachery, set in the bucolic countryside of south west England, and viewed through the lens of growing older. It is based on knowledge gathered as part of the research project “Gay and Pleasant Land? – a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales.”

Our thanks to Pam Postrel, mOcean Entertainment in LA, for her advice on making this trailer. mOcean‘s most recent success was producing the trailer for the Hollywood block-buster, ‘The Avengers’.

Watch for future screenings of the film at conferences and film festivals over the year.  Through this process, we hope to develop resources to disseminate the film more widely.  Always happy to talk with any parties who might offer possibilities for exhibition and/or distribution of the film! Please contact Kip Jones, Executive Producer, at

 Watch the film here:

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