Current projects

I am currently working as a postdoc at the University of Alberta on the international GEP-Analysis project, which is using network analysis to build understanding of the effects of gender equity policies on the structures and practices of women’s participation in the global screen industries.

The other main strand of my research explores relational perspectives and tools for analysing the narrative marginalisation of women in popular Hollywood cinema. A concise (1,000 word) intro to this work can be found here, as well as in the journal articles listed below. All the data can be found in the movienetdata package, and the tools are implemented in the charinet package for R.


Jones, Pete and Joshua Gulam. 2023. “A critical quantitative analysis of race and representation in the Fast Saga Films.” In Full-Throttle Franchise: The Culture, Business and Politics of Fast & Furious. London: Bloomsbury.

Jones, Pete, Eithne Quinn and Johan Koskinen. 2020. “Measuring centrality in film narratives using dynamic character interaction networks.” Social Networks 63: 21-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2020.03.003.

Jones, Pete. 2020. “Diana in the World of Men: a character network approach to analysing gendered vocal representation in Wonder Woman.” Feminist Media Studies 20 (1): 18-34. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2018.1510846. (First published online in 2018)

Research interests

  • Hollywood cinema
  • Feminism and post-feminism
  • Social network analysis
  • Digital humanities / computational social science
  • Creative industries inequalities


I was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Manchester’s Department of Social Statistics from 2020-2021, further developing my doctoral research through the project Exploring the marginalisation of women in popular cinema using quantitative network tools.

Prior to this, I worked on the EmpoderaData project which is exploring data fellowships as a platform for building data literacy skills in Latin America in the context of sustainable development.

I received my PhD from the University of Manchester. The thesis is titled “A social network analysis approach to examining gendered character positions in popular film narratives” and can be found here.

Prior to my PhD, I completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics and a BA in Social Sciences, both at the University of Manchester. For more information on my education and qualifications, visit my ResearchGate or LinkedIn profile.