The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Sociology Research

Sociology Research

Research in Sociology at Newcastle is on an upward trajectory evidenced by the production of high quality publications, engagement in major academic and policy debates, and our driving forward of interdisciplinary research agendas.

Our broad research aims are to:

  • make a significant contribution to the discipline by conducting theoretical and empirical research of high international standard
  • help redefine the core concerns of sociology by advancing new inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives
  • make a significant contribution towards advancing the state of knowledge on the key issues of our time, and informing the relevant academic and policy debates
  • enhance the public relevance of sociology through the meaningful engagement of non-academic actors in all stages of the research process

We have a vibrant research seminar series with both invited speakers and current Sociology staff and postgraduate students presenting their work. 

Research community

The Sociology research community at Newcastle has active research clusters and networks, as well as the cross-disciplinary research centre Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS).

Research clusters

Research groups 

Our staff contribute to a number of School and University-wide research groups:

The School also hosts other cross-School (and Faculty) research groups, where membership spans disciplines.

Postgraduate research

Postgraduate numbers in Sociology have risen substantially since 2001 and we have been very successful in obtaining numerous funded PhDs. These include ESRC CASE Studentships and 1+3 and 3 Studentships.

In addition we run an MA in Sociology and Social Research which has ESRC recognition and helps feed into a thriving postgraduate culture.

We also have a strong stake in the new MA in Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies, run jointly with the School of Modern Languages.

Further information

For further information about our research activities download our brochure Research for the Real World (PDF: 1.2MB).