In October 2013 I began my PhD research in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield in health inequalities. My PhD title is:

Exploring Socio-Economic Spatial Polarisation, Health and Well-being,

and is part of the Building Economies and Resilient Societies (BEARS) network.


  • Co-convenor of Sociologists Outside Academia, a group of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and advisor to the BSA council.
  • Discipline advisor for sociology to the Royal Statistical Society’s The Future of Statistics in Our Schools and Colleges and the Higher Education Academy’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects.
  • Senior Research Officer, then Principal Officer at Lancashire County Council.
  • MA with distinction in Social Research from the University of York.
  • BA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of York.

Published Articles, Reports and Presentations

All available from: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5173-3245

Continued Professional Development

  • Ethical Considerations in Community-Based Participatory Research (2013).
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Assessment: Assessment of the Population’s Health and Wellbeing (2011).
  • Leadership and Collaborative Working: Tools for Leadership and Collaborative Working for Public Health (2011).
  • Balanced metrics scorecard design (2008).
  • Advanced website design



Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years now, but it’s only recently that I’ve learned that good photography is about making images, rather than taking pictures. The difference is seeing in your mind’s eye how you want your image to look, then using your camera and equipment to make that image happen. The alternative is taking pictures and hoping one or two come out ok.

I enjoy photography for both the creative element of producing an image, as well as the technical nature of using a camera and understanding the effects of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO on the resulting image and exposure.

I’m particularly partial to portraiture, street photography, and occasionally landscape photography. I’ve also been known to dabble with macro photography and light painting.

I’ve exhibited my work at local photography festivals and arts organisations, including the first BroughamPhotoFest at Brougham Hall.

You can see my current and previous projects on 500px: https://500px.com/philmikejones