Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 20 years.
Under the umbrella term of 'arts-led 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 was Reader in Performative Social Science and Qualitative Research at
Bournemouth University for 15 years.
He is now a Visiting Scholar and and an independent author and scholar.

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.
Jones' most recent work involves working with Generation Z youth to tell their stories using
social media.
His ground-breaking use of qualitative methods, including Auto-fiction, 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 14,000 people in 150 countries.

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.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Social Science Space features impact of BU's RUFUS STONE film

Sage Publications' Social Science Space has published an article highlighting the impressive impact of Bournemouth's research-based film, RUFUS STONE. The web-based publication stated, "The film’s impact in sheer numbers and geographic reach is breath-taking". RUFUS STONE has recently achieved 10,000 views in 150 countries via Vimeo on the Internet. Social Science Space continues: "The medium of film itself opens doors to audiences that otherwise would never come across academic research".
The award-winning, short film,  based entirely on research carried out at Bournemouth University on older people in terms of isolation and connectivity, rurality and sexuality, was funded by Research Councils UK as part of the New Dynamics of Ageing national programme of research on ageing in 21st Century Britain.

Background on the research and making of the film here
Social Science Space article here 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

RUFUS STONE Reaches 10,000 Views!

The award-winning, short film, RUFUS STONE, based entirely on research carried out at Bournemouth University on older people in terms of isolation and connectivity, rurality and sexuality, and funded by Research Councils UK, has been available for viewing on Vimeo on the Internet since early this year.

As of today, more than 10,000 people worldwide in 150 countries have viewed the film for free.

Project Lead, Executive Producer and Author of RUFUS STONE, Dr. Kip Jones remarked, “The bidding process took three years, the research a further three; writing and producing the film another year. The film has been seen widely in community and academic settings nationally and internationally since and is used by many practitioners and service providers in their trainings, including Alzheimer’s UK nationally. What I am saying is that substantial research and its dissemination takes time, but has a ‘long tail.’ In most cases, patience and perseverance are the keys to meaningful, in-depth impact”.

Plans continue to spread the use of the film and collect stories of its use and effect. An event being held on Saturday, 7 November at Bournemouth, “Pathways to Impact: Part Deux!” under the auspices of the ESRC Festival of Social Science will do just that. Participants who attended two previous events at BU around LGBT issues and ageing and the use of the film and a “Method Deck” learning tool will be invited back for a day of sharing at BU. We will ask them to elaborate on their experiences with the tools and give us feedback for an impact case study around concerns of older gay and lesbian citizens in the community.

Drs Lee-Ann Fenge and Kip Jones are organising the Event with the help of BU’s ESRC Festival of Social Science team led by Naomi Kay and assistance from FHSS’s Impact Champion, Zoe Sheppard. Jones and Fenge are both members of the newly configured Social Work and Social Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences (FHSS). Jones is also aligned with the Faculty of Media & Communication.

RUFUS STONE is available for viewing at:
Background about the research and filmmaking: