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Dr Rebecca Jones

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Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Health with research and teaching interests in later life, sexuality and especially sexuality in later life. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I keep a work-related blog at http://rememberingmyhat.wordpress.com/ and I am on Twitter as @remembermyhat

 

Research interests

My research interests centre on ageing, sexuality, and sexuality in later life - there is a short video overviewing my research here.

My PhD (completed in 2003) used Critical Discursive Psychology and Conversation Analysis to interrogate older women’s talk about sex and ageing. Since then, I have used a variety of broadly narrative and discursive approaches to investigate a range of topics including: age discrimination, how people imagine their own ageing and later life, normative and non-normative life courses, the ageing of lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and transgender (LGBT) people, LGBT issues in health and social care, and especially ageing and bisexuality. 

Between 2005 and 2015, I chaired the Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS) at The Open University (OU), an active research group drawing together academics and postgraduates working on topics related to ageing. CABS has a long-running seminar and book series with the Centre for Policy on Ageing, focusing on methodological issues in ageing research, which I oversaw in my role as Chair.  

I am a long-time member of the British Society of Gerontology, the national professional organisation for gerontologists and also of the British Sociological Association, including their Study Group ‘Ageing, Body and Society’. I am a Founder Member of BiUK and one of the authors of The Bisexuality Report.

I am an experienced supervisor of PhD students, most recently supervising Rachael Scicluna's study of the role of kitchens in the lives of older lesbians. I would welcome applications from potential PhD students in any area related to my research interests. Please note that we do usually require candidates to have already had Research Methods training at Masters level before they commence a doctorate.

 

Teaching interests

I am currently working on a Department for International Development funded consortium project led by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which aims to improve reproductive and sexual health services to the most marginalised and underserved populations in the world https://www.ippf.org/news/announcements/ippf-dfid-aidconnect

From 2015-2019 I was Qualifications Lead for the Health and Social Care discipline area, responsible for the quality assurance and day-to-day academic management of four degrees, including the BA(Hons) in Health and Social Care, and their nested qualifications. In 2020 I was awarded a commendation in the university's Recognition of Excellence in Teaching scheme for my work reshaping this degree to develop student potential.

Over the past 15 years, I have designed and created content for seven modues within the degree in Health and Social Care, and helped to present three. I have particular expertise in the production (or course-writing) phase of creating distance teaching materials. I focus particularly on the pedagogical structure which underlies the explicit content and how this can best enable student learning. Some of the resources I have created to support this work can be found on my blog http://rememberingmyhat.wordpress.com/  under the tag 'course-writing resources'. 

 

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CCIG: Families and Relationships ProgrammeProgrammeFaculty of Social Sciences
CCIG: Intimate Lives and Relational FuturesProgrammeFaculty of Social Sciences
Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS)CentreFaculty of Health and Social Care

 

Externally funded projects

Exploring the needs and aspirations of visually impaired older people (VIOP)
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Oct 201430 Sep 2015TPT Thomas Pocklington Trust

As we get older we are more likely to live with visual impairment. This is something more than Presbyopia (age-related long sight) and relates to conditions such as macular degeneration and other significant causes of sight loss such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. The research aims to enable older people with visual impairments living in the community to express preferences for where and with what kinds of support they would like to live. Through in-depth interviews guided by participants the research will focus on what helps or hinders everyday living and how people can achieve what they value most in life.

Publications

Later life sex and Rubin’s ‘Charmed Circle' (2020)
Jones, Rebecca
Sexuality and Culture ((Early Access))


Life course perspectives on (bi)sexuality: Methodological tools to deprivilege current identities (2019-10-01)
Jones, Rebecca L.
Sexualities, 22(7-8) (pp. 1071-1093)


Bisexual Lives and Aging in Context: A Cross-National Comparison of the United Kingdom and the United States (2019-07-01)
Jen, Sarah and Jones, Rebecca
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 89(1) (pp. 22-38)


Older Bisexual People: Implications For Social Work From The ‘Looking Both Ways’ Study (2018)
Jones, Rebecca; Almack, Kathryn and Scicluna, Rachael
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(3) (pp. 334-347)


Guidelines for researching and writing about bisexuality (2012)
Barker, Meg; Yockney, Jen; Richards, Christina; Jones, Rebecca; Bowes-Catton, Helen and Plowman, Tracey
Journal of Bisexuality, 12(3) (pp. 376-392)


Imagining bisexual futures: positive, non-normative later life (2011-04)
Jones, Rebecca L.
Journal of Bisexuality, 11(2 & 3) (pp. 245-270)


BiReCon: An International Academic Conference on Bisexuality (2011-04)
Barker, Meg; Richards, Christina; Jones, Rebecca and Monro, Surya
Journal of Bisexuality, 11(2-3) (pp. 157-170)


'Older people' talking as if they are not older people: Positioning theory as an explanation (2006-01)
Jones, Rebecca L.
Journal of Aging Studies, 20(1) (pp. 79-91)


'That's very rude, I shouldn–t be telling you that': older women talking about sex (2002)
Jones, Rebecca
Narrative Inquiry, 12(1) (pp. 121-142)


Bisexuell und Altern(n) (2020-06-08)
Jones, Rebecca and Lottman, Ralf
In: Zeyen, Tamara-Louise; Brunnett, Regina; Lottman, Ralf and Kegelmann, Mechthild eds. LSBTIQ* und Alter(n): Ein Lehrbuch für Pflege und Soziale Arbeit (pp. 103-110)
ISBN : 9783525702727 | Publisher : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht | Published : Göttingen


Bisexual ageing: What do we know and why should we care? (2018-09-03)
Jones, Rebecca
In: King, Andrew; Almack, Kathryn; Suen, Yiu-Tung and Westwood, Sue eds. Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People: Minding the knowledge gaps. (pp. 10-26)
Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon


Bisexuality and ageing: Why it matters for social work practice (2018-04-05)
Almack, Kathryn; Jones, Rebecca L. and Scicluna, Rachael
In: Dunk-West, Priscilla and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish eds. Sexuality, Sexual Identity and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care: A Lifecourse Epistemology (pp. 142-154)
ISBN : 9781138225879 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon


Aging and Bisexuality (2016-05-12)
Jones, Rebecca L.
In: Goldberg, Abbie E. ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (pp. 57-61)
ISBN : 9781483371283 | Publisher : Sage


Sexual identity labels and their implications in later life: The case of bisexuality (2016-01-06)
Jones, Rebecca L.
In: Peel, Elizabeth and Harding, Rosie eds. Ageing and Sexualities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
ISBN : 978-1-4724-3215-5 | Publisher : Routledge


Introduction: The Future as a Topic in Ageing Research (2014)
Bornat, Joanna and Jones, Rebecca L.
In: Bornat, Joanna and Jones, Rebeccca L. eds. Imagining Futures: Methodological Issues for Research into Ageing. The Representation of Older People in Ageing Research Series (13) (pp. 1-11)
ISBN : 978 0 90413 914 3 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing


Imagining the unimaginable: bisexual roadmaps for ageing (2012)
Jones, Rebecca L.
In: Ward, Richard; Rivers, Ian and Sutherland, Mike eds. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: Biographical Approaches for Inclusive Care and Support (pp. 21-38)
ISBN : 978-1-84905-257-3 | Publisher : Jessica Kingsley | Published : London


Imagining old age (2011-11-30)
Jones, Rebecca L.
In: Katz, Jeanne; Peace, Sheila and Spurr, Sue eds. Adult lives: A life course perspective (pp. 18-26)
ISBN : 9781447300441 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol


Troubles with bisexuality in health and social care (2010)
Jones, Rebecca L.
In: Jones, Rebecca L. and Ward, Richard eds. LGBT Issues: Looking beyond Categories. Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care (10) (pp. 42-55)
ISBN : 978-1-906716-05-9 | Publisher : Dunedin Academic Press | Published : Edinburgh


Queerying care: Dissident Trans identities in health and social care settings (2010)
Alleyn, Chrissy and Jones, Rebecca L.
In: Jones, Rebecca L and Ward, Richard eds. LGBT Issues: Looking beyond categories. Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care (10) (pp. 56-68)
ISBN : 978-1-906716-05-9 | Publisher : Dunedin Academic Press | Published : Edinburgh


Intersections of Ageing and Sexuality: Accounts from Older People (2008)
Ward, Richard; Jones, Rebecca; Hughes, Jonathan; Humberstone, Nicola and Pearson, Rosalind
In: Ward, Richard and Bytheway, Bill eds. Researching age and multiple discrimination. The representation of older people in ageing research (8) (pp. 45-72)
ISBN : ISBN 978-1-901097-11-5 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing / The Open University | Published : London, UK


Editors' Introduction (2006)
Jones, Rebecca L. and Percival, John
In: Jones, Rebecca L. and Percival, John eds. Language and later life: issues methods and representations. The representation of older people in ageing research (7) (pp. 1-3)
ISBN : 9781901097061 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing / The Open University | Published : London, UK


Recruiting older women to talk about sex: some practical and theoretical reflection (2005)
Jones, Rebecca
In: Holland, Caroline ed. Recruitment and sampling: qualitative research with older people. The representation of older people in ageing research series (5) (pp. 44-56)
ISBN : 1901097951 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing | Published : London


Response to commentaries on “‘That's very rude, I shouldn't be telling you that’: older women talking about sex” (2004)
Jones, Rebecca
In: Bamberg, Michael and Andrews, Molly eds. Considering counter-narratives: narrating, resisting, making sense. Studies in narrative (4) (pp. 213-219)
ISBN : 902722644X | Publisher : John Benjamins | Published : Amsterdam, Netherlands


Intersections of ageing, gender and sexualities: Multidisciplinary international perspectives (2019-03-21)
King, Andrew; Almack, Kathryn and Jones, Rebecca L. eds.
Ageing in a Global Context
ISBN : 978-1-4473-3302-9 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol


Imagining Futures: Methodological Issues for Research into Ageing (2014)
Bornat, Joanna and Jones, Rebecca eds.
The Representation of Older People in Ageing Research
ISBN : 978-0-90413-914-3 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing | Published : London


LGBT Issues: Looking beyond categories (2010)
Jones, Rebecca L. and Ward, Richard eds.
Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care
ISBN : 978-1-906716-05-9 | Publisher : Dunedin Academic Press | Published : Edinburgh


Language and later life: Issues, methods and representations (2006)
Jones, Rebecca L. and Percival, John eds.
The representation of older people in ageing research
ISBN : 1 901097 06 4 | Publisher : Centre for Policy on Ageing / The Open University | Published : London, UK


Life or Death Decisions: online engagement using films to explore advance care planning (2020-03-19)
Borgstrom, Erica; Lucassen, Mathijs; Jones, Rebecca; Amoah, Sas; Axtell-Powell, Georgia and Cooke, Georgie
In : Palliative Care Congress (19-20 Mar 2020, Telford, England)


The impact of dance and movement on learning, health, wellbeing and quality of life of older adults living with or without dementia and/or Parkinson's in the community: a systematic review protocol. (2019)
Gracia, Rosaria; Vseteckova, Jitka and Jones, Rebecca
PROSPERO CRD42019127953


The Bisexuality Report: Bisexual inclusion in LGBT equality and diversity (2012)
Barker, Meg; Richards, Christina; Jones, Rebecca; Bowes-Catton, Helen; Plowman, Tracey; Yockney, Jen and Morgan, Marcus
Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance. The Open University


How can adult social care services become more accessible and appropriate to LGBT people? (2010-03)
Ward, Richard and Jones, Rebecca
Research in Practice for Adults, Dartington, Totnes.