About the School
The School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and dedicated to produce impactful research that addresses major societal challenges and to deliver high-quality education and learning shaping the next generation of social scientists.
Our Departments regularly feature in top UK rankings in terms of research and teaching.
Our five departments are recognised centers of excellence for research and teaching. Our academics develop and apply advanced methods and analyses to address pressing societal issues.
Common-interest themes such as migration, health, crime, and human rights serve as platforms for developing multidisciplinary collaborations between departments.
The School is home to the Centre for Population Change/Connecting Generations and the National Centre for Research Methods, both funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Our academics have forged collaborations with researchers, industries, and governments worldwide.
We work closely with governments and organisations to carry out research that makes a significant impact on society.
Research conducted across our departments has helped to:
- Develop a new way to inform international student migration policy
- Give displaced women and girls a voice
- Improve maternal and neonatal health
- Improve the lives of older people
To find out more about our impact, select ‘Future societies and communities’ on the University's Research Impact pages.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are at the core of everything we do. The School’s Bronze Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) award recognises our commitment to this mission.
Find out more about each of our departments, including their research focuses, courses, staff, community and enterprise activities and more.
Department of Economics
Whether we know it or not, we take economic decisions every day. In turn, we are affected by the decisions of other people.
Department of Gerontology
We are the UK's only gerontology department and offer distinctive face-to-face and distance-learning courses in gerontology, global ageing and social policy.
Department of Politics and International Relations (PAIR)
Our teaching and research make a real difference to people and societies.
Department of Social Statistics and Demography
Our demographers and social statisticians analyse populations and society, exploring key issues including health, well-being and migration.
Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
We investigate a wide range of social issues, from crime and disorder to environmental issues, injustice and inequality.
Our departments are engaged in community outreach efforts to effect positive change. The Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology’s Social Impact Lab is one example. The Department of Economics also has a range of outreach programmes.
Our research community
Find out about the school’s research centres and groups, including their publications, people and.highlights and details of their research projects.
Centre for Behavioural Experimental Action and Research
Centre for Democratic Futures
Centre for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
Centre for English Identity and Politics
Centre for Global Health and Policy
Centre for Political Ethnography
Centre for Population Change
Centre for Research on Ageing
The India Centre
Institute of Criminal Justice Research
National Centre for Research Methods
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
Web Science Institute
Work Futures Research Centre
I am proud to work in a School that’s an internationally recognised powerhouse of research. Our diverse and talented group of social scientists are committed to improving the world we live in.
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