Our research groups
In the School we undertake a wide range of research with staff working within and across the disciplines of sociology, cultural sociology, trauma studies, social and public policy, science and technology studies and social work. Our research seeks to make a difference in the world through influencing policy makers and practitioners and publics.
Research is fostered by the activities of our research groups including Institute, research networks, seminar series and professional centres through visiting speakers, major research projects, collaborative publications and PhD supervision. By bringing together staff around common interests and issues we are able to produce a stimulating academic environment. Our PhD students are very much part of our research community and the School actively supports the ENQUIRE conference and journal.
University-wide research networks
Members of the School are the University's Academic Leads and involved in a number of cross-university multi-disciplinary research networks and groups:
Children and childhood network (CCN), led by Professor Saul Becker, explores a wide variety of topics ranging from cultural, religious and lifestyle influences to the impact of social policy and economics on the family
Science, Technology and Society (STS) priority group, led by Professor Reiner Grundmann, is concerned with the cultural framing of scientific debates, particularly climate change, synthetic biology and neuroscience
Institute of Mental Health (IMH), led by Professor Nick Manning, a cross-faculty research institute
our staff are also involved in the Integrating Global Society priority group through the Social Dynamics and Uncertainty research pillar