Jon Mitchell's main research site is Malta. His doctoral research was conducted in Malta at a time of rapid social and political transformation, and from this he has developed both ethnographic and theoretical texts on Europeanization and ambivalence; corruption and clientelism; memory and community; politics and the state; history and national identity; ritual and masculinity; belief and the body. More recently, he has been concerned with understanding the place of performance and the body in processes of belief, and (with Gary Armstrong, Brunel) exploring the social, political and economic significance of Maltese football.

In 2010 Jon conducted research on the inaugural Brighton Marathon, for a project entitled Run and Become: Motivation and Transformation in the Brighton Marathon. See: The project looked at how body and self are transformed through training and running the marathon, and how running for charity can change these motivations and transformations.

Jon is currently writing a book on the Anthropology of Religion and Ritual, and convened, with Michael Bull (Media and Film) a Wenner Gren sponsored workshop on Cognition, Performance and the Senses. This will lead to the book: Ritual, Performance and the Senses (Bloomsbury: 2015).

Recent PhD Students

Alison Bird - Astrology in Education: An Ethnography

Vessi Ratcheva - Nationalist organisations within the contemporary, post-Ottoman Bulgarian state

Anusree Biswas - Ethnic Identity, Marriage and Gender: The Case of British Indian Bengalis

Amy Busby - An Ethnography Exploring the Behaviour of MEP's and the Culture of the European Parliament

Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou - Where New Identities Emerge: The Social, Material and Symbolic Connections between the Greek Cypriot Diaspora, the Citizen-based Peace Mvement in Cyprus and 'Cyprus On-line'

Deniz Duru - The Princes Islands of Istanbul: Coexistence, Sociability and Memory in a Multi-Faith, Multi-Ethnic Island Network

John Manley - Investigation into Roman Colonial Processes in Southern Britain

Anna Rose Stewart - Gender and Online Identities in Evangelical Christianity

Current PhD Students

James McMurray - Language and Identity among the Uygur, Western China

Sufyan Abid - Social Class, Economic Practices, Religious Practices, Family Values and their Response to Islamic Reformism in Birmingham

Jamie Barnes - A world in motion: transition within SE Europe and the emergence of new spiritual communities

Karis Petty - Landscape and the Senses: Sussex for the blind and partially sighted

Ross Wignall - Moralities of transformation at YMCA centres in UK and Gambia