Sue Thomas is an Independent Scholar and Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. Her research interests include technobiophilia, transliteracy and social media innovation. She has published extensively both in print and online, and is currently working on a study of the relationship between cyberspace and the natural world, to be published by Continuum. Sue opened proceedings at NRG’s first symposium ‘Keeping it Real: Narratives of Ordinary and Extraordinary People Across Media’, and is a contributor to an edited collection based on the symposium, edited by Bronwen Thomas and Julia Round (Continuum, 2014).
Kip Jones BA MSc PhD is Reader in Performative Social Science (PSS) at The Media School and the School of Health & Social Care at Bournemouth University. PSS uses tools from the Arts & Humanities in researching and/or disseminating Social Science subjects.
Jones is also a published expert in the Biographic Narrative Interpretive Method. His use of the Method grew out a love of watching, listening to and telling stories. In addition, Jones has produced films, videos and audio productions, written many articles for academic journals and authored chapters in books on Performative Social Science and narrative methods.
Jones acted as Executive Producer and Author of the award-winning short film Rufus Stone (2011). This effort is the main output of a three-year New Dynamics of Ageing research project that explored the biographies of older gay and lesbian citizens and their experiences of rural living in Britain. This professionally made film was created by means of a unique collaboration between the director, Josh Appignanesi (The Infidel), and Jones.
Jones’ work has been reported widely in the media, including: BBC Radio 4, BBC TV news, Times Higher Education, Sunday New York Times, International Herald-Tribune and The Independent.