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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences


We are celebrating 50 years of Economic, Social and Political Sciences at Southampton and with a worldleading research portfolio and a track record of outstanding teaching, we have much to celebrate.

Half a century ago, our academics laid the foundation for today’s school; while the higher education landscape has changed enormously since then, their research-driven approach still underpins our work. We continue to be worldleaders in core areas of research established in those early years, such as econometrics, social statistics and sociology, and newer areas of expertise have emerged including gerontology, demography and international relations.


The lifetime of Economic, Social and Political Sciences has seen enormous changes in many aspects of life and society, with new challenges and opportunities including globalisation, demographic change and the rise of digital technology. Our research continues to anticipate and respond to UK and global trends, addressing contemporary issues such as an ageing population, cybercrime, migration, political disengagement and gender equality.

We have also developed our approach to teaching, adopting innovations such as virtual learning and providing hands-on learning opportunities to enrich our students’ experience and employability. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers, many using their new-found skills to effect change around the world.

Whatever new challenges emerge in the next 50 years and beyond, Economic, Social and Political Sciences at Southampton will remain at the forefront of analysis and debate, providing crucial evidence to inform policy change.


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