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Dr Meredith Jones

Dr Meredith Jones

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Research area(s)

Animal/Human Studies, Body Modifications, especially Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Cultural Studies, Digital Studies, Embodiment, Fashion Theory, Feminist Theories of the Body, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Popular Culture, Trans Studies, Visual Studies

Research Interests

Meredith's work is in the broad fields of Digital Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Cultural Sociology.

She has researched and written about cosmetic surgery and other body modifications for nearly two decades. Her book Skintight: An Anatomy of Cosmetic Surgery is a key text in feminist thinking about makeover culture, bodies, and media. In Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone, an international ESRC funded research project that explored the phenomenon of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism, Meredith and a team of academics from Australia and the UK followed people from the UK, Australia and China who went to Thailand, Malaysia, Tunisia and South Korea seeking cosmetic surgery. The book based on this project, Beautyscapes: Mapping Cosmetic Surgery Tourism, won the 2020 Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness Prize.

She is currently developing a project about online engagements and digtial literacy within multicultural households in the UK.

Meredith is the editor of the Routledge series Gender, Bodies and Transformation  and she welcomes proposals for the series. 

Research supervision

Meredith is available to supervise doctoral studies in the broad areas of Gender Studies, Media Studies, and Feminist Theory.

She is currently supervising doctoral projects about:

  • Female Masculinity in Orange is the New Black
  • Trans people's negotions of care inside the NHS
  • Trans and disability
  • The segregated workforce in Saudi Arabia

and has previously supervised PhDs about:

  • Japanese Culture and Fashion
  • Screenwriting and Affect
  • Transgression and Subjectivity
  • Photography, Trauma and Identity
  • Kinaesthesia and Trauma
  • Barebacking Websites.