The University of Southampton
Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political Science

Our research

Our interdisciplinary group of Economic, Social & Political 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 Economic, Social & Political Sciences and elsewhere in the University.

Contemporary issues for postgraduate research

Postgraduate research areas include: Methodological Innovation; Population, Gerontology; 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, ESRC Centre for Population Change, Work Futures Research Centre, Web Science Institute, Centre for Citizenship, and more.

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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