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The Department of Sociology has an international reputation for the high quality of its research. We place particular emphasis on analysing the relationships between culture and the social, across a wide range of theoretical and empirical contexts.

The department plays host to the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), a joint partnership with the University of Manchester and the first major research centre in Britain to develop a broad, empirically-focused account of cultural change and its economic, social and political implications. Sociology staff also contribute to the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), a University designated Centre of Research Excellence. Vibrant and innovative work is done by staff through their work in these centres.

Key facts

  • Recognised by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise as a locus of world-class research
  • A thriving interdisciplinary and supportive research environment
  • A strong record of securing research funds from major UK research councils and the European Research Council

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Ms Kerry Lawrence
+44 (0)1908 654558

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page."

Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, send us an email or call +44 (0)1908 654882.