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Research in the Department of Sociology focuses on the following four areas:

  • Exchanges, markets, consumption, cultural economy and cultural capital
  • Multicultural living, citizenship, difference and social divisions (gender, class, age, ethnicity, sexuality)
  • Materiality, objects, city infrastructures, health
  • Transformations in media, communications and technologies.
The department has extensive work on methodology, using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the dynamics of social lives and sociocultural change in the UK, in other countries and globally. We engage with the cutting-edge focus on ‘the Social Life of Methods’, which understands that social science makes the world as it investigates it, examining ways in which sociology can change social worlds.


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.