Jason Rutter: Made-to-Measure & Sociology

Jason RutterJason Rutter is the made-to-measure specialist in the Walker Slater flagship store in Edinburgh’s historical old town. The company specialises in tailoring tweed but with Jason’s made-to-measure remit taking in everything from kilts and Argyll jackets, to worsted business suits and one-off shirts

Previously, Jason worked as a sociologist with a background in interactional sociology and cultural studies thanks to his two original mentors, Greg Smith and Brian Longhurst. Although Jason Rutter’s early work was on stand-up comedy, his first research post after finishing his Ph.D. in 1997 was looking at online interaction within internet newsgroups which were at the time becoming more popular with domestic users in the UK.

After that, while the focus of Jason Rutter’s study has changed with funding and institutional opportunities he remained focused on people’s use of, and interaction through, technologies. Looking at mobile telecoms, digital games, and online piracy, Jason Rutter has explored how new technologies are integrated into already established, everyday routines.

Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction logo designed by Jason Rutter

Looking at new technologies, as well as their markets, policy and legal implications as well aspects of privacy and access, Jason has worked at Salford, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dundee universities and UCLan in the UK as well as at KU Leuven in Belgium through a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship.

A little-known fact about Jason Rutter is that as a young post-doc he designed the logo for the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction!