Department of Sociology

We aim to build a global reputation for offering a distinct brand of policy-oriented sociology, criminology, and media and communication, driven by world-leading methodological innovation. Our work will combat inequalities and champion diversity.


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Covid-19 research at Surrey Sociology: Showcasing Sociology 2021

As a department engaged in critical research on sociology, criminology and communications, the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey brought together numerous colleagues researching the myriad societal outcomes and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, at Showcasing Sociology 2021.

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Professor Jon Garland

Professor and Head of Department of Sociology

I joined the Department of Sociology in January 2013 and prior to that I worked and studied at the University of Leicester. I'm currently a Trustee of StopHateUK, on the Board of the International Network for Hate Studies and on the Steering Committee of the British Society of Criminology Hate Crime Network. I'm a member of the British Society of Criminology, the European Soc...

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Launching EEAS at Surrey Sociology: Embedding Employability via Assessments in Sociology

By Ranjana Das and Emily Setty Surrey Sociology is delighted to announce that Ranjana Das and Emily Setty...


COVID19 Research at Surrey Sociology – From Institutional Responses to Everyday Lives

Compiled by Ranjana Das and Paul Hodkinson, with contributions from Pete Barbrook-Johnson, Rachel Brooks,...