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Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & CriminologyPart of Social Sciences

Our research

Our interdisciplinary group of social scientists works within and across the disciplines of sociology, social policy, economic and social history, anthropology, criminology and psychology. We aim to promote and undertake research which is methodologically innovative and at the cutting edge of contemporary social theory.

Although much of our work is organised around specific research themes, our interests usually span more than one of these areas and often cut across the boundaries between them. We encourage staff to pursue their individual research interests and we seek to work closely with colleagues across Social Sciences and elsewhere in the University.

A wealth of contemporary issues for postgraduate research

  We welcome enquiries from individuals who wish to carry out postgraduate research in any of our research areas: Methodological Innovation; Population Change, Ageing and the Life Course; Global Health Policy; Social Cohesion, Crime and Community Relationships; and Work, Organisations and Civil Society.  

Strong research centre connections

We play a leading role in the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, the ESRC Centre for Population Change, the Work Futures Research Centre, the Web Science Institute, the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance, the Centre for Research on Ageing. We also have strong links to the Division of Social Statistics & Demography.

research into older workers

Our research impact

From research into the effects of technology on older workers to what works in crime reduction, our focus is on impact

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Inspiring research degrees

With an international reputation for research, we offer a wide range of MPhil/PhD opportunities

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