Our research expertise centres around three themes: Identities, the Sociology of Health and Life Sciences and Social Transformations. Our research tradition covers sociology, social policy and social anthropology. We have strengths in the fields of family studies, health studies, political economy, sexuality, citizenship, and youth and student lives.
Our MPhil and PhD projects cover a wide spectrum of contemporary sociology including: bodies, identities and experiences; culture and material life; 'development' and the global south; emotions and intimacy; environment and society; imagining pasts and futures; sexualities and gender; sociology of ethics; sociologies of health and life sciences; sociology of law; visual and aesthetic cultures.
Each of these themes represents the expertise of a member of staff actively engaged in sociological research.
Most of our research students are based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, with some based in the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre.
Training and Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.