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.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020


After 15 years at Bournemouth University, I have decided to retire at the end of February. It was not an easy decision and the reasons are many and layered. Suffice it to say here that it was becoming an environment in which it was more and more difficult to make academic and creative contributions within a fiercely managerial approach to scholarly endeavours.

I will now be able to get to four books that have been 'in discussion' for some time. I also will continue with PhD supervision. I am available for workshops and keynotes at other institutions, particularly ones where we can arrange these virtually.

I would appreciate it if you would make any comments by private message and not here in a social media environment. For this reason, the Comments function is not available on this post.

Thanks and looking forward to the next Chapter, as it should always be.

I gave my love didn't I?
And I gave it big sometimes
And I gave it in my own sweet time
I'm just leaving (Jane Siberry)

"Hold on to whatever you have gained from knowing me.
Come back for more whenever you want".--Kip

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