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Professor Ian Jones

Professor Ian Jones

Civil Society Centre Director, WISERD

School of Social Sciences


I am interested in theoretical and empirical work on social change, citizenship and inequalities.  My methodological interests follow from this and cover longitudinal research methods (broadly defined), comparative methods and case studies. 

I Direct the WISERD ESRC Centre on Civil Society: Changing perspectives on Civic Stratification and Civil Repair. The Centre is undertaking a series of research projects that address processes of social change and their impact on individuals, institutions, communities and civil society.  The research programme is also addressing the impact of the Covid pandemic on social relations. I am currently focusing on the Foundational Economy, Citizenship, Social Innovation and City Regions alongside research addressing Individualism and AI. The research programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach to comparative research at different spatial scales.

I am also a Co-Investigator on the IDEAL study. This includes work looking at class and health inequalities in later life, generational relations, and changes in social engagement and participation as people age. Examples include research on wellbeing among older people and the networks and relations of people living with dementia.


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, 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 Academy of Social Sciences . 

I am Director of the ESRC Civil Society Centre which is part of the Wales Institute of Social Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD)

Professional memberships

Editor in Chief and Monographs Editor, Sociology of Health and Illness journal














Supervision of PhDs in the following areas:

  • Civil Society
  • New and emerging forms of Citizenship
  • Ageing and later life
  • Class, Community and Social Change
  • Civil Society
  • New and emerging forms of Citizenship
  • Foundational Economy
  • Ageing and Later Life
  • Class, Community and Social Change