Sociology Research

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Research in Sociology at Newcastle University is on an upward trajectory evidenced by the production of high quality publications, engagement in major academic and policy debates, and our driving forward a number 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.
  • To 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.
  • Enhancing the public relevance of sociology through the meaningful engagement of non-academic actors in all stages of the research process.

We also have a vibrant research seminar series with both invited speakers and current Sociology staff and postgraduate students presenting their work. Many of the seminars we have available via podcasts online.

Research Community


The Sociology research community at Newcastle has very active research clusters and networks, and one associated Research Centre.

Sociology Research Clusters:

Research Groups (school and university wide):

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

Research Centre:

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate numbers have risen substantially since 2001 and we have been very successful in obtaining numerous funded PhDs (including 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 Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies (MALAIS), run jointly with the School of Modern Languages.

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