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Professor Kelvyn Jones

Professor Kelvyn Jones

Professor Kelvyn Jones
FBA, FLSW, FAcSS, CGeogs, PhD, BSc

Emeritus Professor

Office 1.5n
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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My most highly cited journal papers can be found here: ISI; while additionally books and book chapters can be found here: Google Scholar. I am in the process of putting all my publications so that they are downloadable (where allowed) from ResearchGate.

I research in three main areas

  • Geography of health: here are I am concerned with geographical inequalities in mortality in advanced economies; I have been following the HALS cohort of 9003 individuals since 1985 and examining the nature of place effects, particularly the mortality of 'poor people in poor places'; a series of review papers (in Progress in Human Geography) and a number of empirical papers (eg in Social Science and Medicine) were influential in initiating a wide ranging debate on the meaning of place effects in health; on a broader front, a book that I co-authored ( Health, Disease and Society) is widely credited withhelping to re-fashioning the sub-discipline of 'medical geography' into the 'geography of health';

  • Realistically complex modelling: this research work focuses on the quantitative analysis of social-science data with complex structure particularly when there are many levels of analysis. Thus, we can have repeated measures (at level 1) on individuals (at level 2) nested with households (level 3), nested within neighbourhoods (level 4). This is the work that I am currently best known for. I have a long association with the Centre for Multilevel Modelling; and I am currently the joint Director of the Centre. My distinctive contribution has been to apply these multilevel models in novel ways, quite widely in the social sciences so in addition to publishing in top journals in geography (eg Economic Geography, Geographical Analysis) there are papers in social medicine (British Medical Journal, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health), on mental health (British Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Epidemiology), and in politi cal science (American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science), as well is in journals that focus on methodology (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society). In this conxtet I regularly use and teach the MLwiN software and I have contributed to the recent manual.


There is also a Wikipaedia site

I am Professor of Quantitative Human Geography at the University of Bristol (since 2001), being Head of the School of Geographical Sciences 2005-9. Prior to this, I held a personal chair and was Professor of Geography at the University of Portsmouth.  I am a Fellow of the British Academy (elected 2016  to Sociology, Demography and Social Statistics (Section 4) and to Anthropology and Geography (Section 3)). The citation on election reads  ‘Kelvyn Jones is an internationally leading quantitative social scientist. He has made major contributions to the analysis and interpretation of large and complex data sets in a broad field of quantitative social sciences, including geography, and is extremely active in promoting training in quantitative analysis in the social sciences.” 

I am also  an Academician of the Social Sciences (elected 2008), and  a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (elected 2013) and featured in the top 20 most cited human geographers of the last half century as of 2009. I was appointed as a panel member for Geography and Environmental Studies for two Research Assessment Exercises. I led the RAE/REF subsmission for the School for the last two assessments when the UOA was placed in first position, a position it has occupied in each and every assessment exercise since its inception(see Most world leading research by subject area).  I am a Visiting Professor at the Statistics Research Centre at the Univerity of Leuven. in 2013 I was awarded the Murchison Award, the senior award of the Royal Geographical Society for 'publications on quantitative geography'. I was awarded by graduating students the A G Hoare School Teaching Prize in that year. I have run advanced workshops in multilevel modeling for many years at the  University of Essex Summer School and at the Swiss Summer School for Social Science Methods. I am married to Tina and we have one son, Alex.



  • Geography of health
  • Medical geography
  • Quantitative social science
  • Multilevel modelling
  • Longitudinal research
  • Research design



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