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Department of Sociology
London School of Economics
Houghton Street

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7309/7708
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7955 7405 

See Who's who| for a complete list of all people working in the Department and how to contact them. 


We are based on the second floor of St Clement's Building.


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Welcome to the Department of Sociology, which has played a key role in establishing and developing the discipline since 1904. Today we remain committed to providing top quality teaching, and to research and scholarship which is leading the evolution of the social sciences into new intellectual areas and the study of the social problems and ethical dilemmas facing a cosmopolitan and fractured society.

QS World University Rankings 2015 puts the Department first in Europe and fifth in the world for sociology. 

Main image above of the Communist pre-election campaign in Greece 2012 by LSE Sociology PhD student Evangelos Georgas.

 Professor Saskia Sassen

Extradition and the Erosion of Human Rights|

Since 9/11 the rules governing extradition from the UK to the US have been systematically relaxed, and safeguards designed to protect against injustice have been dismantled. British citizens are extradited on untested charges to face justice in US courts and prisons, but what standard of justice? This public discussion with Gareth Peirce, Professor Saskia Sassen (pictured) and Professor Jeanne Theoharis, chaired by Professor Susan Marks, is on Wednesday 28 January, 6.30-8pm Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.  See above for full event details.  More about our forthcoming events can be found on our Events webpage.

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A Tribute to Ulrich Beck: What Future for World Society?|

It is with sorrow that we report the sad and unexpected news that the great sociologist Ulrich Beck passed away suddenly on New Year's Day.  Ulrich Beck was Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich and Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at LSE.   We had been looking forward to welcoming him again in Lent Term 2015.  On the evening of 24 February there will be a public tribute and panel discussion at LSE with speakers including Craig Calhoun, Anthony Giddens, Richard Sennett and others, who will talk about the impact of his work and its legacy. Please follow link above to the event webpage.

Craig Calhoun has posted a tribute to Ulrich Beck on the LSE Condolences blog.  To read this, and to post a tribute, leave your condolences or share any memories you have of Professor Beck, please follow link to Condolences|.


For information on all our programmes, including the new MSc Inequalities and Social Science launching in 2015, and how to apply, please see our Study pages|.

Lisa Mckenzie

Getting By - new book by Lisa McKenzie|

Dr Lisa Mckenzie's new book Getting By: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain is published by Policy Press( January 2015).  Follow link above to our News and accolades page to find out more. Read her article in The GuardianThe estate we’re in: how working class people became the ‘problem’|.


REF 2014 and LSE Sociology|

LSE Sociology has experienced major rebuilding since 2008, with seventeen new academic appointments, research funding worth over £9 million and one of the largest PhD programmes in the UK, proportionate to staff size.

Responding to the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Head of Department Mike Savage said: ‘I am delighted that the results show the amount of our world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) activity increasing hugely from 45% to 80% in only six years, making us the most rapidly advancing Sociology Department in the country. I am especially thrilled that the quality of our publications has been rated as amongst the top in the UK, with the Department ranked second in the UK for the percentage of its research receiving the very highest (4*) grade’.  Follow link above for the full story.

To read more about research developments in the Department and case studies by our faculty see our webpage Research impact|, or follow link from box bottom right for summaries of case studies across LSE.

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 The New Sociology of Wealth Elites|

Professor Mike Savage guest edits the latest edition of online journal Discover Society with John Holmwood on the topic of elites, wealth and inequality, and contributes an article: 'Social change in the 21st century: the new sociology of ‘wealth elites.’' Other contributors include Professor Nigel Dodd on 'Why money costs more when you're poor' and LSE Sociology research student Katharina Hecht on 'Why sociologists should research the increase in top income and wealth inequality'.  Follow link above or see our News and accolades page for more.


Inequalities: Mike Savage to direct Leverhulme doctoral studentships at LSE|

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded LSE 15 doctoral scholarships, worth £1million over the next three years, for students to undertake interdisciplinary research on ‘the challenge of escalating inequalities’. The prestigious scholarships, worth £70,000 each, will be affiliated with LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute and directed by Professor Mike Savage, follow link above or see our News and accolades page for more.

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LSE Sociology's remarkable alumni|

Read more about two of them: 

Omotade "Tade" Aina from Nigeria talks about his time at LSE in the 1970s, and what he has gone on to do since, for LSE Connect magazine's Winter 2014 Issue. Follow link above for the full story. 

Charles Milne Skepper (1905-1944) studied sociology at LSE in the 1920s, taught at LSE in the early 1930s and went on to become a secret agent and war hero before his capture and execution by the Nazis.  Read his extraordinary story as told by Chris Husbands (Emeritus Reader in the Department of Sociology) on the LSE History blog|.


LSE Sociology on Pinterest| 

We now have two virtual pinboards on visual bookmarking site Pinterest, one for books, blogposts and podcasts by our faculty and academic visitors, and one for our public event posters.  You can take a look without joining Pinterest or, if you join, you can pin anything of interest to your own display.  Follow link above or look out for the 'P' in the red square on our webpages!

New and recent publications by LSE Sociology faculty (scroll down for articles and reports):


Democratizing Inequalities: dilemmas of the new public participation|

Edited by Caroline W. Lee, Michael McQuarrie and Edward T. Walker

Foreword by Craig Calhoun

NYU Press, January 2015

"Democratizing Inequalities is a timely and provocative compilation that demonstrates how participatory practices across a range of expected and unexpected locations cut both ways—opening up avenues for citizen engagement while also limiting the democratic potential assumed to follow... an important resource for researchers and practitioners interested in the democratic possibilities of the 'new public participation.'" —Debra Minkoff, author of Organizing for Equality.  

Michael McQuarrie is Associate Professor in Sociology at LSE.  Craig Calhoun is Director of LSE.

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Getting By: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain|

Lisa Mckenzie, Policy Press, January 2015

While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society's ills. This unique book redresses the balance.

"The stories within this book lay bare what it means to be regarded as inferior and an outcast in your own society. This is a resolutely impressive book written with authenticity and passion."  —Mary O'Hara, journalist and author of Austerity Bites.

Lisa Mckenzie is Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at LSE.

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Pressed for Time: the acceleration of life in digital capitalism||

Judy Wajcman, University of Chicago Press, December 2014

"Wajcman integrates the voluminous literatures on time use and technology elegantly and concisely, a great service in itself. But, more important, she wisely leads the reader to new questions, more interesting and fruitful than the ones to which we are accustomed, helping us to think in terms not of quantities (of time or stress, of work or leisure) but of the flows and rhythms that we produce as we interact with technology and with one another. This is an essential addition to any bookshelf or syllabus on the social implications of information technology.”-- Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University

Judy Wajcman is Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at LSE.

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The Social Life of Money|

 Nigel Dodd, Princeton University Press, 2014

 "Nigel Dodd is one of the leading experts on the sociology of money. His excellent new book is a tour de force through sociological, economic, and philosophical theories of money, rich in historical examples and informed by current controversies. Highly original and broad in scope, the book will be a landmark in the sociology of money and will help us to rethink how money is organized in society."--Jens Beckert, director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

 Nigel Dodd is Professor of Sociology at LSE.


Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

An article by Dr Lisa Mckenzie in The Guardian (21 Jan 2015) about the background to her new book Getting By: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain:  The estate we’re in: how working class people became the ‘problem’|.

A special Symposium edition of the BJS (December 2014) containing eleven original articles discussing various aspects and implications of Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century across sociology as well as other social science disciplines, with an introduction by Professor Nigel Dodd as Editor and an article by Professor Mike Savage: British Journal of Sociology Special Issue: Piketty Symposium|.

Mike Savage guest edits online journal Discover Society (Dec 2014) with John Holmwood on the topic of elites, wealth and inequality, and contributes an article: 'Social change in the 21st century: the new sociology of ‘wealth elites.’' Other contributors include Nigel Dodd and LSE Sociology research student Katharina Hecht: The New Sociology of Wealth Elites|.

A chapter by Dr Suzanne Hall in Jones, Hannah and Jackson, Emma, (eds.) Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location (Routledge, 2014):  Emotion, location and urban regeneration: the resonance of marginalised cosmopolitanisms|.

An article by Dr Carrie Friese with Claire Marris (KCL) for  PLOS Biology 25 March 2014: Making De-Extinction Mundane?|

An article by Dr Don Slater in the Journal of Consumer Behaviour Vol 13 Issue 2 March/April 2014: Ambiguous Goods and Nebulous Things|.

An article by Dr David Madden in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research March 2014: Neighborhood as Spatial Project: Making the Urban Order on the Downtown Brooklyn Waterfront|.

 Professor Judy Wajcman

Pressed for Time: the acceleration on life in digital capitalism

Speaker: Judy Wajcman

Respondent: Genevieve Bell (Intel Labs)

27 November 2014

Pressed for Time video and podcast|


The War That Was Lost

Speaker: Dr Robin Archer

20 November 2014

The War That Was Lost podcast|

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The Social Life of Money

Speaker: Professor Nigel Dodd

Respondent: Professor Keith Hart

23 October 2014

Social Life of Money video and podcast|  #LSEmoney

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Inequality and the 1%: what goes wrong when the rich become too rich

Speaker: Professor Danny Dorling

7 October 2014

Inequality video and podcast|  #LSEinequality

For more events, past and forthcoming, plus podcasts and videos, please see our Events| and Past Events| pages.

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