Sociology at Surrey is known for its applied approach to sociology and this sociological policy focus is reflected in the ways it works in partnership with a range of private, public and third-sector organisations. For example, the Department currently works with the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, the Environment Agency, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Police Dependents’ Trust, among others.
The Department also hosts a number of Research Centres which include the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender directed by Professor Sara Arber and Dr. Andy King; the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) and the Centre for Research on Simulation in the Social Sciences, both directed by Professor Nigel Gilbert and CAQDAS the Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Networking Project, directed by Professor Nigel Fielding. The Department has a large and thriving community of postgraduate researchers and is a partner institution in the ESRC-funded South East Doctoral Training Centre.
The sociological achievements of the Department were reflected in the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 in which over three quarters of the work of the Department was categorised as internationally excellent or world leading and its vibrant research environment was highly rated.
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Developments in Methodology
- Identities, Diversities, and the Life Course
- Media, Culture and Communication
- Science, Environment and Technologies
The Department of Sociology hosts several Research Centres and there are strong research links with the Digital World Research Centre.