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.

Monday, 17 March 2014

ARTS in RESEARCH (AiR) Collaborative forms at Bournemouth University


Bournemouth University has a growing community of Arts in Research (AiR) academics and post-grad students.  This effort grows out of the experience of the School of Health and Social Care’s ReThink process and previous work at HSC in using tools from the Arts in carrying out research, disseminating findings and sharing them with students, colleagues and communities beyond the University. The AiR team would like to join up with researchers in any School with an interest or even curiosity in how they might infuse their interest in the arts within more routine research and/or presentation practices.

The interest in Arts-based Research is international and growing. Areas such as video, film, photography, dance, drama, poetry, radio production, creative writing—even clowning—are becoming more mainstream.  Conferences, for example, no longer routinely consist of hour-after-hour packed with 20-minute PowerPoint presentations. Young students balk at PPT and expect more creativity from lecturers in their learning experiences. Reaching wider audiences (including ‘service-users’ and the public) is now routinely demanded by funding bodies. Tools from the Arts can greatly enhance all of these efforts.

Using Arts-based approaches in research requires thinking about Method from novel viewpoints. Involving research participants in producing outputs frequently enlivens projects, for one example. Finding the right arts-based method for the research questions or findings is key to their use. Finding the right collaborator for your project can be central to its success.

AiR researchers began meeting in January (watch for future announcement by email, Facebook and Twitter).  There is already interest in developing a series of workshops with working artists as facilitators.  No need to feel that great personal skill is required, just enthusiasm! We hope to open the collaboration up to others outside of BU through future events and workshops.
Selfies” by some of the AiRHeads collaborating on ARTS in Research (click on photo to enlarge)
 Pictured (top to bottom, left to right): Anne Quinney, (HSC); Sue Thomas (Visiting Scholar); Kip Jones (HSC & Media School); Michele Board (HSC & BUDI); Bronwen Thomas (Media School); Wendy Cutts (HSC); Wendy Couchmann (Southbank U); Michelle Cannon (Media School); Jen Leamon (HSC); Carolyn Ellis-Hill & “Dylan” (HSC); Louise Oliver (HSC); Lee-Ann Fenge (HSC); Karen Cooper (HSC); Trevor Hearing (Media School); Julian McDougall [with Billy Bragg] (Media School); Rebecca Edwards (BU R&KE).

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