Faculty of Social Sciences
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, focussing broadly on the following themes. Please visit the individual staff profiles for further information on research interests.
The Department plays host to the £3.7 million 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 contributes to the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), a University designated Centre of Research Excellence.
Postgraduates are considered vital in maintaining and expanding this research profile. We therefore welcome high quality applications from enthusiastic and talented students.
Visit the Department of Sociology staff profiles for a full listing of individual staff research interests.
The impacts of and responses to racist victimisation
'There's more than one way to put out a fire.' A Foucauldian Genealogical Analysis of the Changing Discourse of the British Fire-fighter and those deemed at Risk from fire
Pirate Radio in the Sixties: A consideration of the impact of the offshore stations on the broadcasting industry.
An investigation into how members of Scotland's Chinese Christian Community use Church Activities to maintain their Cultural Identity
Road engineering practices in the early planning of the Foreshore Freeway, Cape Town: Metaphor, imagination, desire and numbers in engineering practice
The Social Significance of Brands
Gypsies and their neighbours
Sacred symbolism and royal hegemony in Thailand: inequality, rebellion and the common sense of divine kingship
What you see is what you get. Devices of calculation and measurement of economic value
'Like Punk never happened?' The politics of pop in the post-punk moment
State intervention in the cultural sector
Youth, Risk and Identity
Camilla Kennedy Harper
The Tate Gallery, its membership and the formation of artistic allegiances
Please visit the current PhD students profiles for further information on our current PhD research.