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Inequalities and Social Change


Our work builds a strong track record in Warwick Sociology of research on inequalities and social change. We have an active engagement with questions of class and social stratification, race and ethnicity, gender and intersectionality, socio-cultural change, educational inequalities.

The work we are engaged with has been funded by a number of research funding bodies, including the ESRC and Leverhulme Trust. We are also active in supporting colleagues when they apply for external research funding.

Our research fosters a distinctive Warwick approach to this field of scholarship, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods and expertise in order to analyse the evolving role of inequalities at both the micro and the macro level in contemporary societies. We seek to bring sociological theory and methods together to provide us with more nuanced understandings of inequality and processes of fragmentation in contemporary societies.

As well as the active involvement of a number of permanent members of staff the work of the Theme benefits from the involvement of Teaching Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Students.

Current Grants

  • Roxanne Connelly ESRC ‘Have Socio-Economic Inequalities in Childhood Cognitive Test Scores Changed? A Secondary Analysis of Three British Birth Cohorts’ 2016-2017
  • Simone Varriale Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, ‘Transnationalising class: culture and inequality among Italian expats in the UK’ 2015-18
  • Hila Zaban Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 'The Urban Effects of British Jews Transnational Practices on London and Israel'


Aside from the impact of our research on wider research and scholarly communities we are actively seeking to broaden the wider societal impact of our research. Our research forms part of a number of impact case studies that have evolved as a result of these activities.