Dr. Jones studies the linkages between residence and health. He also explores racial variation in both residence and health as a unique contribution to science. Although he focuses on health and well-being across various stages of the life course, he relies on sociological theories to understand how place and race affect health and illness. As a methodologist and statistician, Dr. Jones utilizes population data collected at various levels to demonstrate variation in how space is related to health.
To learn more about his research, check one of these websites:
Socio-behavioral mechanisms of health inequities
Mechanisms such as the frequency/duration of moves and socioeconomic indicators (such as education) have been key to Dr. Jones’s research in order to understand why health inequities are unevenly distributed in the population, and how these health inequities are reproduced across generations. Publications illustrating this line of research follow:
Contextual, environmental, and geographic dimensions of health
As an urban sociologist, Dr. Jones explores contextual, environmental, and geographical dimensions of health. He studies how physical characteristics (e.g., parks, physical activity-promoting resources) and social characteristics (e.g., racial residential segregation and metropolitan levels of foreclosure) are associated with various health outcomes. Contextually, Dr. Jones has taken US literature on health and tested its applicability in international contexts. Below are publications illustrating this line of research:
Racial patterning of social and health outcomes
Broadly, Dr. Jones considers race and ethnicity as a social construct that has real social and health ramifications. In this realm, his research focuses specifically on Latinx, but these social and health disparities exist in the US and beyond. Dr. Jones’s overall goal is to provide evidence that can help eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in many social outcomes, including health. Publications illustrating this line of research follow: