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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • rebecca.jones

Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Health with interests in later life, sexuality and especially sexuality in later life. I am currently a Qualifications Lead for the Health and Social Care discipline area, and a Qualification Lead for the B.A.(Hons) degree in Health and Social Care.

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.

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 Board 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 one of two Qualification Leads for the Health and Social Care discipline area, jointly responsible for the day-to-day academic management of our four degrees and nested qualifications.

I have particular expertise in the production (or course-writing) phase of creating distance teaching materials. While I am, of course, interested in the explicit content of the materials we produce, I focus particularly on the pedagogical structure which underlies the explicit content and how this can best enable student learning. I run a development group for academics in the department who are new to the OU. 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'. 

I worked on the production team of K242 'Ageing Societies and Global Health' and mentored and supported the Chair. I was the Chair in production and the first year of presentation of K118 'Perspectives in Health and Social Care'. I was a key member of the production team for K101 'An Introduction to Health and Social Care', chairing and writing most of Block 5 'Making Care Safer?'. I was also on the presentation team for K101 for many years, working particularly on improving assessment design through explicit consideration of the types of question asked. I was a core team member in production for K319 'Adulthood, Ageing and the Life Course', chairing Block 1, writing three learning guides and leading on assessment design. I co-authored three learning guides and accompanying Reader chapters for K313 'Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care'. I also worked briefly on K303 in presentation, the predecessor module to K313.

Research Activity

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

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)
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)
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
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
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.