The School of Sociology and Social Policy has a wide and varied portfolio of policy-relevant research that is both sociologically informed and methodologically innovative.
Members of our school are involved in a range of international collaborations and we welcome international visitors. The School also has a thriving community of PhD students and a range of MA programmes linked to our research strengths.
Research in the School clusters around six distinctive areas, each one linking to an interdisciplinary research centre. Members of the School often belong to more than one cluster, reflecting the interconnected nature of our work.
Social justice and user engagement are key themes that cut across all of our research clusters.
Our research centres
- Centre for Disability Studies (CDS)
- Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS)
- Centre for Research on Family, Life Course and Generations (FLAG)
- Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE)
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS)
- The Bauman Institute
- Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice (THeSP)
2008 RAE results
High ranking confirmed by 2008 RAE
The School of Sociology and Social Policy is ranked second in the country for world-leading research (4* rating). This is an outstanding result in a field of almost 70 institutions.
Disability Equality in English Primary Schools (DEEPS)
The DEEPS project investigates the possible origins and emergence of disablist attitudes within childhood by exploring primary age children's understanding about disability.
Research centre profile
Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE)
The Centre contributes policy-oriented and theoretical work on the theme of care and its contemporary relevance for public policy.