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Our Department members, postgraduate researchers, and students collectively develop ‘sociological imagination’ and apply it to contemporary processes and issues. These include social inequality and its implications for social mobility, education and health; violence, abuse, and the role of help-seeking and state responses.

We encompass a breadth of activities, with our main focus on the application of social science methods and concepts to social and policy issues.

Cutting across the Department and the wider Faculty and institution, colleagues in the Department are actively involved in Interdisciplinary Research Centres, notably Violence and Abuse, Social Justice and Community Action, and in Institutes including the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and the Institute of Advanced Study and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.