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Name: Katherine Jones

PhD: History

Thesis Title: Masculinities, Contraception and Sexual Health in Britain, 1967-1997


Thesis Description:

Using a combination of oral history and archival research, my project focuses on understanding the decisions made by heterosexual, homosexual and queer male Britons regarding contraception and sexual health between 1967 and 1997, whilst also exploring the relationship between decision-making and men's identities. My thesis also examines how masculinity and men's contraceptive and prophylactic practices were conceptualised more generally in later-twentieth century Britain, by both 'experts' and 'ordinary' Britons alike.

My PhD research builds on my MA thesis entitled '"It's more what me and my partner feel comfortable with": Gay Men and Safer Sex in the Era of AIDS in Britain, 1986-1996', which used data obtained via Project SIGMA, a longitudinal survey of gay men's sexual behaviour and attitudes conducted in Britain between 1987 and 1994.


Supervisors and Institution(s): Prof. Matt Houlbrook (University of Birmingham) and Dr. Chris Moores (University of Birmingham)


  • Co-editor (with Prof. Matt Houlbrook and Dr. Ben Mechen) of proposed edited collection on Masculinities in Twentieth Century Britain
  • ''Men Too': Masculinities and Contraceptive Politics in Late-Twentieth Century Britain', Contemporary British History, 2019. dio:




  • 'Gendered Sexpertise: Family Planning Surveys and Male Attitudes to Contraception in 1970s and 1980s Britain', Cambridge Gender and Sexuality History Workshop, November 2018
  • 'The emotional politics of family planning campaigns in late-twentieth century Britain', Centre for the Histories of Public Health Seminar, LSHTM, May 2018


Conference Papers:


  • '‘Men Too(?)’: Men, Masculinity and Family Planning in Britain from the late 1960s to the 1980s', North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), Providence, Rhode Island, October 2018

  • 'Claims to (S)expertise in the British Sex Survey, 1967-1997', Sexpertise Workshop, University of Exeter, July 2018
  • 'Social Research and Male Attitudes to Family Planning in 1970s and 1980s Britain', Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference, University of Liverpool, July 2018
  • '‘MEN LOVE TOO’: Gender and emotion in 1970s and 1980s British public health campaigns', Publics and their Health: Historical Perspectives, Future Directions Conference, Institute of Historical Research, London, June 2018

  • ‘‘Men Too’: Masculinity and Contraception in 1980s Britain’,  Masculinities in Twentieth Century Britain Workshop, University of Birmingham, June 2018

  • 'Sex Research as Activism: Project SIGMA and Gay Men's Sex in the Era of AIDS in Britain', SExing the Past Conference of LGBT History and Activism, Liverpool John Moores University, March 2018


  • ''Men Too’: The Family Planning Association and Male Involvement in Contraception in 1980s Britain’, BRIHC Scholars Symposium, University of Birmingham, August 2017
  • 'Mutuality Reframed: The British Family Planning Association's 'Men Too' Campaign, c. 1984-1986', Doing Sex: Masculinities and Sexual Practices Conference, University of Newcastle, July 2017
  • ''Roll on Responsibility': The FPA, Masculinity and Contraception in Britain, c. 1984-1986', British Studies in Broken World: Modern British Studies Conference, University of Birmingham, July 2017
  • ''Men Too': The Family Planning Association, Masculinity and Contraception in Britain, 1984-1985', Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, University of Exeter, June 2017

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  • Talk delivered at film screening of Danny's Big Night (FPA, 1985) as part of film series at LSHTM


  • ‘“It’s more what me and my partner feel comfortable with”: Gay Men and Safer Sex in the Era of AIDS in Britain’, LGBT History Month Public Poster Exhibition at the Winchester Discovery Centre in partnership with the University of Winchester, February 2017

Co-organiser of the Westmere PGR Feminist Reading Group at University of Birmingham

Member of the Centre for Modern British Studies (MBS) at University of Birmingham 

Member of the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM)

Member of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS)



  • 'Gross Indecency to Gay Marriage: Gender and Sexual Minorities 1885 - Present' 
  • 'The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History 1800 - Present' 


Other Research Interests:

  • Contemporary British History

  • Oral History

  • Cultural History

  • Social History

  • Gender History

  • History of Sex and Sexuality

  • History of Selfhood and Subjectivity 

  • History of Emotions

  • History of Public Health

  • Masculinities 
  • History of Social Surveys

  • Queer Theory

  • Medical Humanities



MA Modern British Studies, University of Birmingham, Distinction  


BA History with English Language Teaching, University of Sussex, First Class Honours




Constance Naden Medal for the ‘Highest Quality’ Master’s Thesis in the College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham




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