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Prof. Ian Rees Jones

ProfIanReesJones.jpgRole: WISERD Director, Professor of Sociological Research

Institution: Cardiff University


Telephone: 029 208 76662


I was appointed Professor of Sociological Research in 2012.  Previously I was Professor of Sociology and Head of School at Bangor University and Professor of Sociology of Health and Illness at St George’s, University of London.  My first degree was in History and Economics at Aberystwyth University and, following work in Hospital Management and Public Health, I undertook an MSc at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London.  I am a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. I am part of the editorial team for Sociology of Health and Illness and I am the Monograph Series editor for the journal.

Research Interests

I am interested in theoretical and empirical work on social change and processes of social change.  My methodological interests follow from this and cover longitudinal research methods (broadly defined), comparative methods, case studies and multiple correspondence analysis. Specific areas of research focus include; Civil Society and Social Change, Inequalities in Health, Ageing and Later Life, Lifestyles and Social Relations, Class, Community and Social Change and Transparency and Trust in Health and Welfare.

Current Research

I am undertaking a series of research projects that addresses processes of social change and their impact on individuals, institutions, communities and civil society. In addition I am undertaking research specifically addressing ageing, later life and the experience of dementia.  This includes work looking at class and health inequalities in later life, generational relations, social engagement and participation and changes in consumption patterns as people age. Examples include research on wellbeing among older people and the networks and relations of people living with dementia; comparative research on social participation and engagement with civil society organisations; the role of social enterprises in welfare provision; and theoretical work on civil society and generational change.

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Selected Publications


Higgs P, Jones IR, 2009, Medical Sociology and Old Age: Towards a sociology of health in later life (Routledge, London)

Jones IR, Higgs P, Ekerdt DJ, 2009, Consumption and Generational Change, The rise of consumer lifestyles ( Transaction Publishers, New Jersey)

Jones IR, Hyde M, Victor C, Wiggins R, Gilleard C, Higgs P, 2008, Ageing in a consumer society: From passive to active consumption in Britain (Polity Press, Bristol)


Clare, L.,  Nelis, S.M., Quinn, C., Martyr, A., Henderson, C., Hindle, J.V., Jones, I.R., Jones, R.W., Knapp, M., Kopelman, M.D., Morris, R.G., Pickett, J.A., Rusted, J.M., Savitch, N.M., Thom, J.M., Victor, C.R. (2014) Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life - living well with dementia: study protocol for the IDEAL study. Health Qual Life Outcomes,12,1,164,(1-15).

Catty, J., White, S., Clement, S., Cowan, N., Geyer, C., Harvey, K., Jones, I.R., McLaren, S., Poole, Z., Rose, D., Wykes, T., and Burns, T. (2013) Continuity of care for people with psychotic illness: Its relationship to clinical and social functioning, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 59, 1, 5-17.

Gabe, J., Exworthy, M., Smith, G., Jones, I.R. (2012) Towards a Sociology of Disclosure: the case of surgical performance,Sociology Compass, 6, 11, 908-922.

Burns T, Catty J, Harvey K, Jones IR, McLaren S, Wykes T, 2012, 'Continuity of care for carers of people with severe mental illness: Results of a longitudinal study' Int J Soc Psychiatry First published on August 17, 2012.

Moffatt S, Higgs P, Rummery K, Jones IR, 2012, 'Choice, consumerism and devolution: growing old in the welfare state(s) of Scotland, Wales and England' Ageing & Society 32(5) pp 725-746

Jones IR, Papacosta O, Wannamethee G, Whincup P, Morris R, 2011, 'Class and Lifestyle ‘lock in’ among middle aged and older men: A Multiple Correspondence Analysis of the British Regional Heart Study' Sociology of Health and Illness 33(3) pp 399-419

Exworthy M, Smith G, Gabe J, Jones IR, 2010, 'Disclosing clinical performance: the case of cardiac surgery' Journal of Health, Organization and Management 24(6) pp 571-583

Jones IR, Higgs PF, 2010, 'The natural, the normal and the normative: Contested terrains in ageing and old age, Social Science and Medicine' 71(8) pp 1513-1519

Jones IR, Leontowitsch M, Higgs P, 2010, 'The experience of retirement in second modernity: generational habitus among retired senior managers' Sociology 44(1) pp 102-120

Leontowitsch M, Higgs P, Stevenson F, Jones IR, 2010, 'Taking care of yourself in later life: A qualitative study into the use of non-prescription medicines by people aged 60+' Health 14(2) pp 213-231

Jones IR, Ahmed N, Catty J, McLaren S, Rose D, Wykes T, Burns T, 2009, 'Illness careers and continuity of care in mental health services: A qualitative study of service users and carers' Social Science and Medicine 69(4) pp 632-639

Higgs PF. Hyde M, Gilleard CJ, Victor CR, Wiggins RD, Jones IR, 2009, 'From passive to active consumers? Later life consumption in the UK from 1968-2005' Sociological Review 57(1) pp 102-124

Higgs P, Leontowitsch M, Stevenson F, Jones IR, 2009, 'Not just old and sick – the ‘will to health’ in later life' Ageing & Society 29 pp 687–707

Ahmed N, Jones IR, 2008, 'Habitus and Bureaucratic Routines, Cultural and Structural Factors in the Experience of Informal Care' Current Sociology 56(1) pp 57-76

Jones IR, Ahmed N, Kelly M, Bothamley G, Rajakulasingam R, Victor C, O’Malley A, Griffiths C, 2008, 'With an attack I associate it more with going into hospital: Understandings of asthma and psychosocial stressors; are they related to use of services?' Social Science and Medicine 66 pp 765-775

Book Chapters

Hyde, M. and Jones. I.R. (2013) Social Class, Age and Identity in Later Life, in Formosa, M. and Higgs, P. (eds.) Social Class in Later Life, Power, Identity and Lifestyle, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Jones, I.R. and Higgs, P.F. (2013) Class and health inequality in later life, in M. Formosa, and P.F. Higgs, Social class in later life: Power, identity and lifestyle, Bristol, Policy Press.

Jones IR, 2011, 'Correspondence Analysis: a case for methodological pluralism?' in Sage Handbook of Methodological Innovation Eds M Williams, P Vogt (Sage Thousand Oaks, California)

Jones IR, Higgs P, Ekerdt DJ, 2009, 'Consumption and Generational Change: The Rise of Consumer Lifestyles' in Consumption and Generational Change, The rise of consumer lifestyles Eds R Jones, P Higgs, DJ Ekerdt (Transaction Publishers, New Jersey)

Hyde M, Higgs P, Gilleard C, Victor C, Wiggins D, Jones IR, 2009, 'Ageing, Cohorts, and Consumption: The British Experience 1968-2005' in Consumption and Generational Change, The rise of consumer lifestyles Eds R Jones, P Higgs, DJ Ekerdt (Transaction Publishers, New Jersey)



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