Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 15 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 11,000 people in 150
countries over the past year alone.

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
Herald-Tribune
and The Independent.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Catch award-winner Rufus Stone at two local Dorset cinemas in June!


As part of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning, we are pleased to be screening Rufus Stone the movie, in the community for the community in June at the Lighthouse in Poole and the Rex in Wareham.

Come along and bring a friend!

The award-winning film Rufus Stone is a story of growing up gay and growing older in rural south west England, based on three years of in- depth investigation at Bournemouth University as part of the New Dynamics of Ageing national research programme.

Rufus Stone stars William Gaunt (The Champions)

Wed 5 June 2013

The Lighthouse
Poole’s Centre for the Arts

21 Kingland Road Poole BH15 1UG


Wed 12 June 2013

The Rex Cinema

14 West Street

Wareham BH20 4JX

Quotes from previous audience members:

“Love, sexual tension, betrayal, abandonment, anger, sadness all simmering under the façade of British politeness.”

“I really believe this film will encourage greater communication and encourage acceptance, reduce isolation and enhance quality of life for older lesbians and gay men in rural communities.”

“Actually a wider representation of the community’s cultural and societal norms and values. It will allow citizens who see the film to think reflectively on the ways their own lives are structured and impacted by the environment in which they live. It may also provoke a critical evaluation of their own and their community’s views on diversity.”

“What stood out for me in the film was simply the fact that rarely does one get the chance of seeing a love affair between two men portrayed on screen credibly and realistically, not to say very movingly.”

Details and directions on the registration blue links above.