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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Who we are

Economic, Social and Political Sciences academics are involved in cutting-edge research on the major issues of our time, often collaborating with colleagues in other leading international universities.

The School comprises five departments and much of our work is interdisciplinary. Addressing the major issues of society through combining approaches, we foster joint working while retaining the individual strengths of our specialist subject areas. While many of the issues we examine are global, our roots are anchored in the communities we study.

The study of the economic, social and political sciences has never been as important as it is today. The School of Economic, Social & Political Sciences has an international reputation for cutting-edge research addressing the major challenges society. Our academics are at the forefront of working on topics ranging from the use of data science and artificial intelligence for answering questions about crime, democratic governance, behavioural economics and population change to topics around political theory, social policy, equality, justice and citizenship.

We work with local and national governments and organisations, both in the UK and internationally. Our teaching is informed by our research findings, which means that Southampton students benefit from the latest knowledge and current thinking in each academic area.


Athena Swan


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The Bronze Award is in recognition of the positive culture within the School that values gender equality, as well as the comprehensive plan to address areas where we need to improve gender equality and balance. You can learn more about what we are doing on our Athena SWAN page.

Our Departments



Politics & International Relations

Social Statistics & Demography

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Inspiring research

Our research continues to anticipate and respond to UK and global trends

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Inspiring teaching

Celebrating 50 years of Social Sciences our graduates have gone on to rewarding careers

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