Su Jones


My research is inspired by seeking to find new ways to engage in bottom up ethnographically led research which challenges theory based assumptions about white working class communities and identity. I am interested in developing ways of generating change in creating dialogues between state agencies and predominantly white working class communities regarding the challenges of social cohesion. I am also developing my work on exchange of cultural and social capital in working class communities, working pubs my work looks at formation and performance of class and gender identity and the importance of pubs as alternative community spaces.

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Senior Research Assistant

Building: James Starley
Room: JSG12


Su Jones began her academic career at Durham University as a mature student, having attended Fircroft College Birmingham. Her undergraduate dissertation, ‘Comrade Pet’ used discourse analysis to examine interactions between men and women members of the Socialist Worker’s Party (SWP) in party meetings. From there she moved to the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham to write her master’s thesis on female gender identity denial in favour of class identity among at women members of the SWP. She is currently completing her doctorate at Birmingham concerning cultural and social capital, gender and class identity based in the pub on the estate where she lives.

She has taught in adult education, as well as the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. Having been involved in various projects looking at engagement with groups that are considered ‘hard to reach’ she is keen to continue working on looking at difficulties experienced by state agencies in engagement with various ‘communities’.



  • Explaining Non-Participation: Towards a Fuller Understanding of the Political. Young People and Political Participation. Project based on qualitative research with young People and their political participation.
  • Three Estates Project. Ethnographic research on non-engagement between residents and state representatives in a New Deal for Communities project.
  • Resistance to Smoking Cessation messages amongst Pakistani men aged 18-54. Qualitative Pilot project on non-engagement with smoking cessation information.
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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020