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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Our research

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

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

Recognition of research excellence

Economic, Social and Political 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 Economic, Social and Political Sciences work collaboratively with an array of international partner organisations. We are at the forefront of innovative social research.

More opportunities for doctoral research

Through an exciting collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth, the South Coast DTP aims to deliver the latest developments in training in research methods and skills to produce highly qualified and rounded social scientists, equipped to meet contemporary economic and social challenges.

Our Departments

Ageing & Gerontology


Politics & International Relations

Social Statistics & Demography

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology 

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