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.


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)
Conference Changing Wales: WISERD at 10
17 Hydref 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 17th October. This invitation only event will...
Conference Social Innovation in the Foundational Economy
6 Medi 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
5 Medi 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...