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Research environment

Our research

Our research areas are varied. We have considerable strengths in areas such as: gender studies, social theory, health and illness, migration and ethnicity, work and employment, political sociology, the sociologies of religion, bioscience, markets, knowledge, media, quantitative sociology, criminology and education. This is important and relevant to you because our research informs our postgraduate teaching. All of our Masters programmes have compulsory core modules. In addition to these, you’ll have the freedom to select from our specialist choices. These core and specialist choices are informed by our diverse research interests.

Our department is structured with five vibrant research clusters:

  • Economy, Technology, Expertise
  • Inequalities and Social Change
  • Justice, Authority and the Geopolitical

Each research theme has its own specific orientation and way of working in terms of collaborating on research grant applications, discussing work in progress, and organising seminars and symposia. Colleagues also participate in the activities of the two Research Centres hosted within the department - the Social Theory Centre and the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender - as well as in interdisciplinary programmes across the university and beyond. Active participation in the research themes, centres, and broader research programmes and networks demonstrates the strength and dynamism of our research culture.