We are widely recognised for our field-defining and conceptually driven empirical research and its pioneering quantitative and qualitative methods work. We are known for our applied approach to sociology and our sociological policy focus is reflected in the ways we work in partnership with a range of private, public and third-sector organisations.

Over three quarters of our research output of the Department was categorised as internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Academic journals in the Department

The following journals are currently based in the Department

Ethnic and Racial Studies is a leading international journal for the analysis of the role of race, racism, ethnicity, migration and forms of ethno-nationalism, seeking to provide an interdisciplinary academic forum for the presentation of original research and theoretical analysis, drawing particularly on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, international relations, geography, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

The journal is based in the Department of Sociology and its managing editor is Amanda Eastell-Bleakley.

Visit the Ethnic and Racial Studies journal website.

Edited by Nigel Gilbert, Social Research Update has been publishing regular peer-reviewed articles on contemporary approaches and developments in social research since 1993.

Visit the Social Research Update journal website.


We are currently working with a host of organisations, including:

  • 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.
  • The Institute of Health Visiting
  • The National Childbirth Trust