Civil Society Centre Director
Cardiff University

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 a Trustee of the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness.

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.

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.


Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC)
About the Centre The main aim of ADRC WALES was to create a world-class administrative data research centre, known for its ability to access, link and make safe use of data for high quality research. Our work was underpinned by a robust Governance framework. ADRC Wales
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Katy Huxley (Cardiff University), Dora Pouliou, Ian Thomas (Cardiff University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Peter Mackie (Cardiff University), Scott Orford (Cardiff University), David Blackaby (Swansea University)
Strong Communities Healthier People
Funding: £343,384.25 This Engagement project will build on a legacy of social science informed community-based research over the last 10 years in two of the Welsh Government’s Communities First Clusters. The aim is to build on these past and current research projects and
Research Team:
Gareth Williams, Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Eva Elliott (Cardiff University), Martin O'Neill (Cardiff University)
Spaces of New Localism: Stakeholder Engagement and Economic Development in Wales and England
Overview This project will utilise a series of interviews and document-based analysis to explore the notion of stakeholder involvement in Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs), Enterprise Zones (EZs), City Deals and City Regions. Fieldwork will take place in four city regions
Research Team:
Martin Jones (Staffordshire University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), David Beel (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Social Participation and Identity - NCDS Project
Overview This project was a joint venture with the Institute of Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural change (Manchester University). The main study, funded by ESRC, undertook 180 qualitative interviews with cohort
Research Team:
Amanda Coffey (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University), Ian Stafford (Cardiff University), Alexandra Plows (Bangor University), Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Gareth Williams, Howard Davis (Bangor University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Martin Jones (Staffordshire University)
Journal and Journal Article
Dualities of dementia illness narratives and their role in a narrative economy
The concept of ‘narrative economies’ has recently been proposed as a set of exchange relationships that, through biography and story‐telling, facilitate access to resources and act as a source of value. We utilise this concept to inform our analysis of 18 qualitative...
Books and Book Chapters
Developing England’s North
Within the UK and further afield, the spatial delineation of the ‘city-region’ has seen a renaissance as the de facto spatial political unit of governance driven by economic development. This spatial realignment has been central to the construction of Northern Powerhouse and...
Civil Society | January 2018
Journal and Journal Article
Connected growth: Developing a framework to drive inclusive growth across a city-region
This ‘in perspective’ piece addresses the (re-)positioning of civil society within new structures of city-region governance within Greater Manchester. This follows on from the processes of devolution, which have given the Greater Manchester City-Region a number of new powers...
Journal and Journal Article
Regulation, governance and agglomeration: making links in city-region research
This paper provides an overview and synthesis of debates pertaining to the development of city-regions and their applicability to the UK space economy. The purpose is to make links to advance both international academic debates and realpolitik policy knowledge concerns. The...
Conference Changing Wales: WISERD at 10
17th October 2018 |
Cardiff
The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) will be celebrating ten years of research that has helped address some of the key social challenges facing Wales on Wednesday 17 th October. This invitation only event...
Conference Social Innovation in the Foundational Economy
6th September 2018 |
Ebbw Vale
The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), an ESRC-funded Research Centre based at Cardiff University, would like to invite you to attend an ESRC funded colloquium on Social Innovation in the Foundational Economy...
Conference Social Innovation in the Foundational Economy
5th September 2018 |
Cardiff
The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), an ESRC-funded Research Centre based at Cardiff University, would like to invite you to attend an ESRC funded colloquium on Social Innovation in the Foundational Economy...
Civil Society Seminar Big ideas from a small nation
6th March 2018 |
London
Due to the threat of industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU) on this date we have decided to cancel this event. An evening of debate and networking as part of Wales Week in London