Mr Matthew Jones

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​Mat Jones is Associate Professor of Public Health at UWE Bristol. He has an academic background in social anthropology, social and political science applied to public health, and a practice background in community development. His research specialises in the contribution that third sector and civil society initiatives make towards promoting public health and wellbeing, and has worked on over 30 evaluation projects in this field. In recent years he has led a nation-wide programme of research examining the links between community-centred action, food system sustainability and public health.  Mat is interested in the development and practical application of methodologies for theory of change evaluation, realist evaluation, assets-based approaches and social return on investment. He leads the Community Development and Community Involvement theme for UWE's Bristol Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing and advises a range of state and third sector bodies on programme innovation, funding, governance and evaluation design. 

Mat lectures in mixed methods research, public health policy, community development, social activism and behaviour change on the MSc Public Health and MSc Sustainable Development in Practice. He is a UWE Teaching and Learning Fellow and, as part of UWE's LTFS initiative, he works on the internationalisation of UWE's postgraduate programmes through pedagogical research and partnership development with overseas institutions.

Current research projects:

  • Better Care: Good Food for Older People: an evaluation of a test-and-learn programme working with older people in England and Scotland (2017-19).
  • Evaluation of Bristol Ageing Better: a city-wide programme addressing isolation and loneliness of older people (2015-20) .
  • Strengthening Local Communities: a Gloucestershire-based research project on community development (2017-20).
  • ImaYDiT: Imagining Young Disabled People's Transitions in a time of major societal change (2017-18).
  • Evaluation of Food Growing Schools London: a programme designed to enable every London school to engage in growing fruit and vegetables (2014-18).
  • Evaluation of Growing Together: a mixed methods study of the role of a community garden programme in improving quality of life in an area of social housing (2015-2018).
  • Sustainable Food Cities: a research project on a leading national sustainable food programme (2017-19).
  • EPESS (European healthy pupils and skilled educators via integrated food systems): an Erasmus+ funded research and knowledge exchange collaboration (2017-19).
  • Evaluation of the national Food for Life (2013-17).
  • Evaluation of Living Well Taking Control: a community and voluntary agency led diabetes prevention programme (2013-16), running alongside the ComPoD study led by Exeter University, a randomised waiting list controlled trial (2014-2017).

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