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Founded in 1905, we are one of the longest-established social science departments in the world. 

Our critical research is often addressed to questions of social justice and illuminating power relations; it is concerned with a variety of topics ranging across crime and social harm, contemporary political arrangements and their implications, and the production and consumption of culture.

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Research Clusters

Our research clusters provide focal points for collaboration in different areas of sociological, social, and criminological research. Through them our academic researchers can share ideas, develop projects, gain peer support, and access broader networks.

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Research Projects

Explore the diverse range of research projects taking place across the Department of Sociology, Social Policy, and Criminology, and learn about their real-life impact.

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Postgraduate Research

We see the provision of training for researchers as a key part of sustaining a vibrant research culture. Since 2011, the advanced training network has promoted and facilitated methodological excellence, innovation and inter-disciplinary dialogue.

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Research Expertise

Members of staff are happy to hear from prospective PhD students as well as fellow researchers, and to take media enquiries relating to their respective fields of expertise.

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Research Writing

Our academics discuss in more detail a topic that relates to an area of their research expertise. These 'Research Writing' long reads often also respond to world events.

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Law & Social Justice Podcast Series

The series explores different areas of our research activity in the School of Law and Social Justice, and its real-world impact.