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Economic, social and political sciences

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We work with local and national governments and organisations across the world, exploring political theory, social policy, equality, justice and citizenship. Our teaching is informed by our research findings, which means our students benefit from the latest thinking.

We have an international reputation for research on the major challenges of society. Our academics use the latest data science and artificial intelligence to answer questions about crime, democratic governance, behavioural economics and population change. Social scientists at Southampton collaborate on interdisciplinary projects across our 5 departments, and each is a centre of excellence for research, teaching and learning. 

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Ageing and gerontology

In today's ageing society, the experience of people as they grow older has become an essential focus of research. Our researchers are commissioned by policymakers worldwide to investigate a wide variety of issues surrounding ageing.


Economic decisions affect us all. Our academics probe the workings of global economies and investigate how the choices of individuals make a difference too.

Politics and international relations

Our world is changing rapidly. Academics and students investigate how political theories are evolving as people respond to new challenges.

Social statistics and demography

To understand society, you need the skills and tools to analyse exactly what is happening. Our academics are at the forefront of developing new ways to understand the world we live in.

Sociology, social policy and criminology

Policymakers across the globe need to know how society works and how it is evolving. Our academics investigate and uncover the truths about modern life.

Top 20
in the UK

QS world university rankings by subject 2021

Shaping the national agenda on place and policy

Our research has made an influential contribution to the understanding of Britain’s political divides, shaping the national agenda on place and public policy.

Bronze Athena SWAN award

We've been recognised for our ongoing commitment to addressing gender inequality.


My recent research work includes the use of optimal transformations in prediction, and multivariate quantile and M-quantile regression.
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