Published: 12 October 2022

Surrey announces new Surrey Future Fellowships – with opportunities for research in sociology, criminology and media and communications

Research in the Department of Sociology aligns closely with the University of Surrey’s strategic priorities as Surrey begins the search for 40 Surrey Future Fellows – aiming to attract original, inspiring and ambitious research projects to Surrey, for early career researchers and those at a more advanced career stage.

The research areas highlighted for the Surrey Future Fellows scheme, span a number of central concerns in sociology, criminology and media and communications. These are very well reflected in the Department of Sociology’s research groups - Criminology and criminal justice, Digital societies, Families and the life course, Inequalities and diversities, Innovations in methodology and Science, environment and health. In addition, these University priorities dovetail with our trans-departmental research centres – the Centre for Criminology, Centre for Research in Social Simulation, Centre for Research on Aging and Generations, Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analyses and Sex, Gender and Sexualities.

Open for applications now, the Future Fellows scheme is open to early career researchers who achieved their PhD within the last 7 years, or who are soon to be awarded their PhD. Mid-career Senior Future Fellowships are also available, depending on qualifications and previous experience. The scheme highlights several research areas, including (but not restricted to) – sex, gender and sexualities, living and working in the digital age, putting people at the heart of artificial intelligence, rights and responsibilities, societal change for sustainable living, and whole system approaches. The Department of Sociology’s research, across its centres and groups speaks directly to these priorities.  

We actively welcome applications to the Future Fellows scheme that connect with the Department's interests. Please get in touch with individual members of staff in the department to express interest, or contact the Research Director – Prof Robert Meadows ( to explore further.

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