Kelvyn Jones

Areas of application

  • Geographical inequalities in health and mortality outcomes, nationally and globally
  • Ethnic, income and social segregation
  • Longitudinal changes in place characteristic
  • Neighbourhood and place effects

Methodological interests

  • Multilevel modelling of data with complex geographical structures
  • Multilevel models for segregation
  • Modelling of Age-Period and Cohort effects in combination with geographical differences
  • Item response model to examine changing latent structures for people and places

Example PhD topics

  • How to use latent models to provide good reliable measures of people and place characteristics as they change over time; this could use readily-available data from a panel study combined with item-response methodology in the manner of Raudenbush et al (2003) Sociological Methodology, 33(1), 169-211, but additionally model change and spatial effects.
  • Changing segregation in terms of income, health, and/or ethnicity; this could use data from a variety of sources and use multilevel models in the manner of Leckie et al (2012) Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 37(1), 3-30.
  • The changing effects of relative and absolute income on health and trust; this could use data from a variety of sources (eg and the methodology applied in Jen (2010) Health and Place, 16,1022-1029, to evaluate the arguments put forward in the Spirit Level (
  • The effects of neighbourhood on a variety of outcomes (income, well-being, political attitudes etc) using the new very large Understanding Society data ( in the manner of McCulloch (2001) Environment and Planning A 33(4) 667-684, but now with a finer spatial scale and a greater statistical power to detect cross-level interactions between individual and neighbourhood characteristics (Jones and Duncan, 1995, Health and Place 1(1), 27-40).
  • Analysis of cohorts in the manner of but extending this analysis to include geographical differences; substantively this could focus on changing gender ideology, political attitudes, volunteering or well-being, the BHPS and Understanding Society could be rich resources for this.
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