Jones, Alasdair

Dr Alasdair Jones  

Department

Position held

Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology

 

Non LSE positions held

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Public Health

 

Experience keywords:

Urban research; Urban sociology; active transport; built environment; mobilities; public space; qualitative research methodologies

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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, public transport and the ways that citizenship is experienced in urban settings.

Alasdair is currently writing up qualitative research he has conducted that explores 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 – qualitative methods and ethnography, with a particular interest in methods that allow researchers to explore the disconnects between designs and practices. Also developing an interest in mixed methods approaches that combine ethnography and social network analysis;

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

Public health – expertise in 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

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Australia; UK

Languages:

French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)207 955 6924

LSE email:

a.jones@lse.ac.uk

Publications

2017

Jones, Alasdair (2017) Everyday without exception? Making space for the exceptional in contemporary sociological studies of streetlife The Sociological Review. ISSN 0038-0261 (In Press)

2016

Jones, Alasdair (2016) Orchestrated public space: the curatorial dimensions of the transformation of London's Southbank Centre In: Golchehr, Saba and Ainley, Rosa and Friend, Adrian and Johns, Kathy and Raczynska, Karolina, (eds.) Mediations: Art & Design Agency and participation in public space, conference proceedings. Royal College of Art, London, UK, 244-257. ISBN 9781910642184

2015

Jones, Alasdair (2015) Operationalising capacities theory to integrate quasi-experimental and inductive designs in evaluation LSE Thinking Methods Blog (15 Oct 2015) Blog entry

Green, Judith and Roberts, Helen and Petticrew, Mark and Steinbach, Rebecca and Goodman, Anna and Jones, Alasdair and Edwards, Phil (2015) Integrating quasi-experimental and inductive designs in evaluation: a case study of the impact of free bus travel on public health Evaluation, 21 (4). 391-406. ISSN 1356-3890

Parham, Susan and McCormack, John and Jones, Alasdair (2015) People, products and places: Exploring sustainable-living practices in masterplanned communites Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

2014

Goodman, Anna and Jones, Alasdair and Roberts, Helen and Steinbach, Rebecca and Green, Judith (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. ISSN 1745-0101

Jones, Alasdair (2014) On South Bank: the production of public space Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781409440031

Green, Judith and Jones, Alasdair and Roberts, Helen (2014) More than A to B: the role of free bus travel for the mobility and wellbeing of older citizens in London Ageing and Society, 34 (03). 472-494. ISSN 0144-686X

Green, Judith and Steinbach, Rebecca and Jones, Alasdair and Edwards, Phil and Kelly, Charlotte and Nellthorp, John and Goodman, Anna and Roberts, Helen and Petticrew, Mark and Wilkinson, Paul (2014) On the buses: a mixed-method evaluation of the impact of free bus travel for young people on the public health Public Health Research, 2 (1). 1-206. ISSN 2050-4381

2013

Jones, Alasdair (2013) A tripartite conceptualisation of urban public space as a site for play: evidence from South Bank, London Urban Geography, 34 (8). 1144-1170. ISSN 0272-3638

Jones, Alasdair and Goodman, Anna and Roberts, Helen and Steinbach, Rebecca and Green, Judith (2013) Entitlement to concessionary public transport and wellbeing: a qualitative study of young people and older citizens in London, UK Social Science and Medicine, 91. 202-209. ISSN 0277-9536

Edwards, P. and Steinbach, R. and Green, J. and Petticrew, M. and Goodman, A. and Jones, Alasdair and Roberts, H. and Kelly, C. and Nellthorp, J. and Wilkinson, P. (2013) Health impacts of free bus travel for young people: evaluation of a natural experiment in London Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67 (8). 641-647. ISSN 0143-005X

2012

Jones, Alasdair (2012) Book review: material geographies of household sustainability Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 5 (2-3). 271-273. ISSN 1754-9175

Jones, Alasdair and Steinbach, Rebecca and Roberts, Helen and Goodman, Anna and Green, Judith (2012) Rethinking passive transport: bus fare exemptions and young people's wellbeing Health and Place, 18 (3). 605-612. ISSN 1353-8292

2011

Wilkinson, Paul and Edwards, Phil and Steinbach, Rebecca and Petticrew, Mark and Goodman, Anna and Jones, Alasdair and Roberts, Helen and Kelly, Charlotte and Nellthorp, John and Green, Judith (2011) The health impact of free bus travel for young people in London: protocol for an observational study Occasional Paper Series, 2. Transport and Health Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK. ISBN 9780902657836

2010

Rowson, Jonathan and Broom, Steve and Jones, Alasdair (2010) Connected communities: How social networks power and sustain the big society Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London, UK.

Jones, Alasdair (2010) Bringing the digital to life: How can new media reinvigorate the material public sphere RSA Blog (21 Jan 2010) Blog entry

Jones, Alasdair (2010) Free for some? Setting the context for the 'On the Buses' study Occasional Paper Series, 1. Transport and Health Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK. ISBN 9780902657828

2009

Jones, Alasdair (2009) Our house, in the middle of our street RSA Blog (29 Sep 2009) Blog entry

Jones, Alasdair (2009) Provoking responsibility, nudge-style RSA Blog (12 Oct 2009) Blog entry

Jones, Alasdair (2009) From car-free to care-free (via Flanerie) RSA Blog (5 Oct 2009) Blog entry

Expert Image

Through an in-depth ethnographic examination of London’s South Bank, this book explores multiple dimensions of the production of urban public space.

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Awards

US-UK Fulbright Commission All-disciplines Scholarship 2012-13 (Centre for Ethnographic Research, UC Berkeley)

Short bio >

Visiting Fellow (2012-13), City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales

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