Executive Dean School of Languages and Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology and Public Policy / Management Team
Jonathan is Executive Dean of the School of Languages and Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and Public Policy. He joined Aston (in October 2014) from the University of Warwick where he was a Professorial Fellow in the Institute of Government and Public Management in Warwick Business School and led the Warwick MPA. Jonathan’s main research interests relate to public participation and lay experience in policy making and service development particularly in relation to health and environmental policy. He is involved in a range of international and national research and development work that focuses particularly on the evidence base on the impact of patient and public involvement.
Jonathan has degrees from the University of Chicago and Oxford University. He has taught at all levels from first year undergraduate to postgraduate and PhD training. He has supervised 10 doctoral and two postdoctoral students and served as a PhD examiner for Middlesex University, Institute of Education (University of London), King’s College, London, McMaster University (Canada) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology as well as twice at the University of Warwick.
He established and led the National NHS Centre for Involvement from 2006-2009. He is supporting the development of Public Health England’s public involvement strategy, is Chair of the Public Health England Equality Forum and a member of Public Health England Health Equity Board. Jonathan is a Docent at the Department of Sociology at the University of Helsinki and a Visiting Professor at the Finnish Environment Institute.
Jonathan has more than 100 publications including three co-authored books and has received funding from the ESRC, Finnish Academy and a range of other public sources.