Dr Alasdair Jones

Dr Alasdair Jones

Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology

Department of Methodology

+44 (0)20 7955 6924
Room No
COL 8.12
Office Hours
Tuesdays 9.30 - 11.30 (Tuesdays 9.00 - 11.00 in Weeks 2 and 8;14.00 - 16.00 in Week 6)

About me

Alasdair Jones is Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology and an Associate at LSE Cities.

Biography Alasdair graduated with a first class degree (with distinction) in Geography from Cambridge in 2002 before being awarded an ESRC studentship. These studies comprised an MPhil in ‘Modern Society and Global Transformations’ from Cambridge (awarded with distinction) and a PhD from the Cities Programme at LSE. Prior to commencing his lectureship at LSE’s Department of Methodology, Alasdair worked in research positions at the University of Hertfordshire, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Society for the Arts. He also completed a Fulbright Scholarship at the Center for Ethnographic Research, UC Berkeley, and a Visiting Fellowship at the City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

Research interests Alasdair’s research coalesces around the theme of urban life. In particular, he is interested in the relationship between built form in cities and social practices, and his published research to date has centred on public space, mobilities, and the ways that citizenship is experienced in urban settings. Alasdair is currently writing up qualitative research he has conducted that adopts a material culture approach to explore the fit between sustainable design features of masterplanned developments and the living practices of residents of those developments.

Broadly, Alasdair’s research interests can be categorised as follows:

Research methods – research design, qualitative research methods and ethnography, with particular interests in i) methods that allow researchers to explore the disconnects between designs and practices, ii) the use of qualitative methods in policy evaluation and iii) the use of qualitative methods to generate data amenable to social network analysis;

Cities – the relationship between built form and social life in cities, with a particular emphasis on public space, public life in cities, mobilities and urban citizenship;

Public health – using qualitative methods to help evaluate the public health impacts of social policy interventions, with a particular interest in the relationship between transport and health;

Sustainable urbanism – in particular the lived experience of ‘sustainable’ residential developments and active/public transport policies, infrastructure and mobilities.

Recent Research Projects

Uses and Applications of Qualitative Research Methods in Policy Evaluations Using Observational Designs: a Review and Synthesis. Funded by NCRM.

Measuring community in an urban age: Bringing urban form into social network-based measures of community. Funded by LSE Cities.

An exploration of local authority strategies and interventions to improve the quality of social care for older people in England through market shaping (ELSCQua). Funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR).

Understanding social networks ethnographically - using qualitative methods to map social group networks (Centre for Ethnographic Research, UC Berkeley). Funded by the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

UH-Lafarge Sustainable Living Study (Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Hertfordshire). Funded by the UH-Lafarge Sustainable Living Partnership.

‘On the buses’: evaluating the impact of free bus travel for young people on the public health (Transport and Health Group, London School of Tropical Medicine [PI: Professor Judith Green]). Funded by the NIHR Public Health Research Programme.


Public space; transport and health; sustainable urbanism; qualitative methods


Scholarly Papers

  • Jones, Alasdair (2018) ‘Revisiting Bott to connect the dots: An exploration of the methodological origins of social network analysis,’ Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 19(2), Art. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-19.2.2905
  • Jones, Alasdair (2018) ‘Everyday without exception? Making space for the exceptional in contemporary sociological studies of streetlife,’ The Sociological Review 66(5): 1000-1016. DOI: 10.1177/0038026118771280
  • Jones, A. (2016) ‘Orchestrated public space: the curatorial dimensions of the transformation of London’s Southbank Centre.’ Published in the proceedings of the EU Marie Curie-funded conference Mediations: Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space (Royal College of Art, London).
  • Green, J., Roberts, H., Petticrew, M., Steinbach, R., Goodman, A., Jones, A. and Edwards, P. (2015) ‘Integrating quasi-experimental and inductive designs in evaluation: a case study of the impact of free bus travel on public health,’ Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 21: 391-406.
  • Green, J., Jones, A. and Roberts, H. (2014) ‘More than a-to-b: the health implications of free public transport for older citizens in London,’ Ageing & Society 34(03): 472-494.
  • Goodman, A., Jones, A., Roberts, H., Steinbach, R. and Green, J. (2014) ‘“We can all just get on a bus and go”: rethinking independent mobility in the context of the universal provision of free bus travel to young Londoners,' Mobilities 9(2): 275-293.
  • Green, J., Steinbach, R., Jones, A., Edwards, P., Kelly, C., Nellthorp, J., Goodman, A., Roberts, H., Petticrew, M. & Wilkinson, P. (2014) ‘On the Buses: Evaluating the impact of free bus travel for young people on the public health,’ Public Health Research 2(1), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3310/phr02010.
  •  Jones, A. (2013) ‘A tripartite conceptualisation of urban public space as a site for play: Evidence from South Bank, London,’ Urban Geography 34(8): 1144-1170.
  • Jones, A., Goodman, A., Roberts, H., Steinbach, R. & Green, J. (2013) ‘Entitlement to concessionary public transport and wellbeing: a qualitative study of young people and older citizens in London, UK,’ Social Science & Medicine 91: 202-9.
  • Edwards, P., Steinbach, R., Green, J., Petticrew, M., Goodman, A., Jones, A., Roberts, H., Kelly, C., Nelthorp, J. & Wilkinson, P. (2013) ‘Health impacts of free bus travel for young people: evaluation of a natural experiment in London,’ Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 67(8): 641-7.  
  • Jones, A., Green, J., Roberts, H., Steinbach, R. & Goodman, A. (2012) ‘Rethinking passive transport: bus fare exemptions and young people’s wellbeing’, Health & Place 18(3): 605-612.

Book Chapters

  • Jones, Alasdair (forthcoming 2018) ‘“Something more, something better, something else, is needed”: a renewed “fête” on London’s South Bank,” in Leary-Ohwin, Michael and McCarthy, John (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society. Routledge, London.

Other Research Publications

  • Parham, S., McCormack, J. and Jones, A. (2015) People, products and places: Exploring sustainable-living practices in masterplanned communities. Final Research Report of the UH-Lafarge Tarmac ‘Sustainable Living Study.’ Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire.
  • Jones, A. (2012) Eco- by design, eco- by practice? Urban development and the making of sustainable communities. Centre for Sustainable Communities think piece. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire.
  • Wilkinson, P., Edwards, P., Steinbach, R., Petticrew, M., Goodman, A., Jones, A., Roberts, H., Kelly, C., Nellthorp, J. & Green, J. (2011) The health impact of free bus travel for young people in London: protocol for an observational study. Occasional Papers in Transport & Health (2). London: LSHTM.
  • Jones, A. (2010) Free for some: Setting the context for the ‘On the Buses’ study. Occasional Papers in Transport & Health (1). London: LSHTM.
  • Rowson, J., Broome, S. & Jones, A. (2010) Connected Communities: How social networks power and sustain the Big Society. RSA, London.

Book Review

  • Jones, A. (2012) ‘Material Geographies of Household Sustainability’, Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability 5(2-3): 271-273.


  • NCRM International Visitor Exchange Scheme award 2017-18

  • LSE Excellence in Education award 2016-17

  • US-UK Fulbright Commission All-disciplines Scholarship 2012-13