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.

WISERD Foundational Economy Research Network
Led by Karel Williams at the University of Manchester and with a web site dedicated to the growing field of Foundational Scholarship and practice ( this network has members from stakeholder organisations and academic institutions and meets
Research Team:
Karel Williams (University of Manchester), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University), Filippo Barbera (University of Torino ), Julie Froud
New Emerging Citizenship Regimes
New Emerging Citizenship Regimes explores five citizenship ideal types (Pandemic, Algorithmic, Liquid, Metropolitan, and Stateless) stemming from critical/radical social innovation perspective by employing fieldwork action research in six specific city-regional cases. COVID
Research Team:
Igor Calzada (Cardiff University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University)
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), Foteini Tseliou (Cardiff University)
Social and Cultural Capital in later life
Overview This work package will explore the importance of ageing and intergenerational relations for social participation and civil society. In particular, we will investigate the impact of ageing on participation in civil society through the lens of crime across the life
Research Team:
Martina Feilzer (Bangor University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Martijn Hogerbrugge (Cardiff 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)
Generativity Social Participation & Later Life
Overview This project undertook a programme of quantitative data analysis, using the prism of ageing, to address the effects of and responses to nascent globalization for civil society and social participation at national and local levels. This work package comprised a
Research Team:
Martin Hyde (Swansea University), Martijn Hogerbrugge (Cardiff University), Ian Rees Jones (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 Articles
Exploring the Substantive Representation of Non-humans in UK Parliamentary Business: A Legislative Functions Perspective of Animal Welfare Petitions 2010-19
Chaney, P., Rees Jones, I. and Fevre, R. (2021) Exploring the Substantive Representation of Non-humans in UK Parliamentary Business: A Legislative Functions Perspective of Animal Welfare Petitions, 2010-19, Parliamentary Affairs – A Journal of Representative Politics, Oxford...
Factors associated with self- and informant ratings of quality of life, well-being and life satisfaction in people with mild-to-moderate dementia: results from the Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life programme
Background a large number of studies have explored factors related to self- and informant ratings of quality of life in people with dementia, but many studies have had relatively small sample sizes and mainly focused on health conditions and dementia symptoms. The aim of...
Journal Articles
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 Articles
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 Articles
"I Don't Think of It As An Illness": Illness Representations in Mild to Moderate Dementia
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 51(1) pp 139-150 The self-regulatory model proposes that illness representations influence adjustment and coping in chronic conditions. Better understanding of the illness representations held by people with dementia could help with targeting...
Journal Articles
Illness Representations in Caregivers of People with Dementia
Aging & Mental Health 21(5) pp 553-561 Objectives: Illness representations shape responses to illness experienced by the self or by others. The illness representations held by family members of those with long-term conditions such as dementia influence their understanding of...
Seminar The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain
3rd November 2021 |
In this online seminar, Huw Beynon talks about his recent publication on King Coal and the rise and fall of Britain's most important industry. No one personified the age of industry more than the miners. The Shadow of the Mine tells the story of King...
WISERD Wales and Basque Country Cooperation
28th September 2021 |
Under the institutional framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Welsh and Basque Governments, the ‘Wales & Basque Country Cooperation’ project aims to establish a series of events. At this first online meeting we look...
Seminar Civil Society and Social Change- Book launch
5th November 2020 |
Join us to celebrate the launch of the Policy Press WISERD Civil Society and Social Change book series. This new series provides interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives on the rapidly changing nature of civil society at local, regional...
Conference Changing Wales: WISERD at 10
17th October 2018 |
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 17th October. This invitation only event will...
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 |
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 Big Ideas from a Small Nation
6th March 2018 |
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
Conference Young People and Brexit - One year on
22nd June 2017 |
How are young people feeling about and responding to Brexit, and how will it affect their participation in the 2017 General Election? The call for papers is now open for our one-day conference that will consider these important questions. We will...
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar Civil society and health inequalities
9th February 2016 |
This event is part of the WISERD Cardiff lunchtime seminar series which focuses on research currently being undertaken by WISERD researchers.
Seminar Class, Lifestyles and Health Inequalities
4th June 2013 |
Pierhead Building. Cardiff Bay
Part of the Unequal Wales Seminar Series An Unequal Wales Seminar delivered by Professor Ian Rees Jones, WISERD. Click here for the journal article. This seminar examined the relationship between social class and health lifestyles and how these, in...