The University of Southampton
Social Sciences

Social Science Research

Our academics are world-leading researchers in these key subjects – ageing/gerontology, economics, politics and international relations, social statistics and demography, social work, and sociology, social policy, criminology and anthropology.

Our research culture fuses specialist research excellence and world-class interdisciplinary work across the social sciences. We lead many collaborations across the University and are forging a number of strategic external partnerships with government departments and other international agencies.

Read about our research in our latest research publication below

Recognition of research excellence

Social Sciences has performed well in REF 2014 with research from Criminology, Demography, Gerontology and Sociology rated Top 5 in the country

Interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research

Much of our research is carried out in our specialist research centres. Academics work across traditional boundaries, sharing expertise, to address some of society's most pressing issues.

Working with our partners

Academics from Social Sciences work collaboratively with an array of international partner organisations. We are at the forefront of innovative social research.

Our divisions



Politics & International Relations

Social Statistics & Demography

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology 

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