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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 2017 puts the Department second in Europe and fourth in the world for sociology.

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British Journal of Sociology Annual Lecture: 
The Social Life of DNA 

Thursday 26th October 2017 |   18.30-20.00 | Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Alondra Nelson
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd

In the British Journal of Sociology's Annual Lecture, Alondra Nelson will discuss her book The Social Life of DNA on how claims about ancestry are marshalled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures.

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

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MSc Programme Manager  - Two posts in Sociology

The Department of Sociology at LSE seeks to appoint two MSc Programme Managers to joing our dynamic Professional Services team, and provide first class experience for our students. 

For further information and to apply for the jobs, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/LSEJobs

Closing Date for both: 29th August 2017 (23.59 UK time)

Assistant Professor in Sociology 

The Department of Sociology at LSE seeks to hire one outstanding Assistant Professor in Race and Ethnicity who also has advanced expertise in Quantitative Methods to add to our internationally renowned, innovative and publicly engaged faculty.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/LSEJobs

Closing Date: 22nd October 2017 (23.59 UK time)

Welcome Week for Sociology Students

LSE is gearing up to welcome all new students this September. This year Welcome Week will be taking place between Monday 18 September and Friday 22 September. If you are planning to join us as an undergraduate, Master's or PhD student please follow the link above to our information for new arrivals webpage, which also includes a draft schedule of both Department and School welcome events.  

Recruitment of Student Welcome Staff

LSE are currently recruiting students (undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD) for a number of paid, part-time and temporary roles during Welcome 2017, namely Campus Tours, Help Points, SSC Queue Organisation and Team Leadership. Please follow link above for more information and to apply. Applications close on Sunday 20 August 2017. 

The Trump/Brexit Moment: Causes and Consequences

Professor Mike Savage is organising a special session at the American Sociological Association conference in Montreal on 14 August, reflecting on challenges posed by the US election and related political developments in Europe, such as the ‘Brexit’ referendum.  Speakers will include Dr Michael McQuarrie.  The session brings together some of the authors contributing to a special issue of The British Journal of Sociology to be published in autumn 2017, to be edited by Nigel Dodd, Michele Lamont, and Mike Savage.  Follow link to read more.

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Judy Wajcman wins Ludwik Fleck Prize 2017

Professor Judy Wajcman is the winner of the 2017 Ludwik Fleck prize for her book Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism (2015, University of Chicago Press).  The Fleck Prize is the Society for Social Studies of Science's oldest book prize, awarded to an outstanding book across the breadth of science and technology studies.


Judy Wajcman to be a fellow at Stanford University (2017/18)

Professor Judy Wajcman, of the Sociology Department, will be a 2017-2018 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, where she will be pursuing her long-standing interest in the politics of technology to encompass new developments in artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning. 

Sam Friedman wins 2017 ASA IPM Award for Outstanding Article

Dr Sam Friedman and former LSE Sociologist Daniel Laurison have been awarded the ‘Outstanding Article Award’ by the Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association. The award is for their article in the American Sociological Review entitled: The Class Pay Gap in Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations. Here they show that even when those from working-class backgrounds get into top professions in the UK they face a powerful ‘class ceiling’ in terms of earnings, which persists even when they compare people from different backgrounds with the same education, occupation and level of experience. Follow link above to access the article.

Rebecca Elliott published in June issue of Harper's Magazine

Dr Rebecca Elliott has published a feature in the June issue of Harper's Magazine, in collaboration with journalist Elizabeth Rush. "Stormy Waters: The fight over New York City's flood lines" traces recent contestation between the U.S. federal government and the municipal government of New York City over the boundaries of New York City's high-risk flood zones. The feature is based in part on Dr Elliott's ongoing research into how individuals and communities are adapting to a future defined by climate change.  To read the article follow link above (you will need to log in/subscribe to Harper's).

Bridget Hutter at the Teaching Café

On 1 June Professor Bridget Hutter presented at the LSE Summer Term Teaching Café on the ways in which research-led teaching has informed the LSE Sociology course SO425 Regulation, Risk and Economic Life and eventually the development of the MSc Economy, Risk and Society.

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Claire Moon receives Wellcome Trust Award

Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Humanities and Social Science for £385,000. The project is entitled ‘Human rights, human remains: forensic humanitarianism and the politics of the grave’ and she’ll be working on it for the next four years. Follow link above to our News and accolades page for more.


LSE Sociology faculty highly commended for Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2017

Dr Claire Moon has been highly commended in the category of Welfare and Pastoral Support, Professor Mike Savage has been highly commended for the award of Sharing Subject Knowledge and guest lecturer Dr Martina Klett-Davies has been highly commended in the category of Feedback and Communication, and has received the Class Teaching Award. Congratulations to them all!

The award provides the opportunity for students to offer feedback to those staff that have made a positive and significant difference to their learning journey. The process this year led to over 1100 individual nominations, with 450 members of staff being nominated. A review panel comprising of SSLC reps and Students’ Union officers reviewed the nomination feedback to shortlist nominees against criteria for excellent teaching and support. 

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

    Social Theory Now

Social Theory Now

Edited by Monika Krause, Claudio E. Benzecry and Isaac Ariail Reed, University of Chicago Press (2017)

The landscape of social theory has changed significantly over the three decades since the publication of Anthony Giddens and Jonathan Turner’s seminal Social Theory Today. Sociologists in the twenty-first century desperately need a new agenda centered around central questions of social theory. In Social Theory Now, Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed set a new course for sociologists, bringing together contributions from the most distinctive sociological traditions in an ambitious survey of where social theory is today and where it might be going.

The book provides a strategic window onto social theory based on current research, examining trends in classical traditions and the cutting edge of more recent approaches. From distinctive theoretical positions, contributors address questions about how social order is accomplished; the role of materiality, practice, and meaning; as well as the conditions for the knowledge of the social world. 

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Regulatory Crisis: negotiating the consequences of risk, disasters and crises

Bridget Hutter and Sally Lloyd-Bostock, Cambridge University Press (2017)

Using a new concept - 'regulatory crisis' - this book examines how major crises may or may not affect regulation. The authors provide a detailed analysis of selected well-known disasters, tracing multiple interwoven sources of influence and competing narratives shaping crises and their impact. Their findings challenge currently influential ideas about 'regulatory failure', 'risk society' and the process of learning from disasters.  Follow link above to read more and order a copy from the publisher's webpage.

‘All future scholars of disaster, natural or otherwise, will have to consult this wide-ranging comparative study of the complex and multiple forces that aim to ignore, remediate or exploit this crucial species of public troubles. I know of no work that matches it in terms of thorough documentation and range across so wide variety of cases.’ Harvey Molotch, New York University.


Safe with Self-Injury

Kay Inckle, PCCS Books, 2016

This book is an essential resource for anyone who has a supporting role or relationship with someone who hurts themself. It is equally useful for people who self-injure, to help them to explore their experiences and to keep themselves safe. Based on interviews with people who self-injure and frontline practitioners who work with them, it explores why people hurt themselves, debunks myths and misconceptions and explains self-injury in the contexts of human embodiment and a social model approach to distress.
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The Sociology of Speed

Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities

Edited by Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd, OUP, December 2016

Pulls together and extends the most important theoretical and empirical innovations across the social sciences, with contributions by leading scholars from the US and Europe.


In Defence of Housing: the politics of crisis

David Madden and Peter Marcuse, Verso, 2016

In every major city in the world there is a housing crisis. How did this happen and what can we do about it? Everyone needs and deserves housing. But today our homes are being transformed into commodities, making the inequalities of the city ever more acute. Profit has become more important than social need.

In Defense of Housing is the definitive statement by leading urban planner Peter Marcuse and sociologist David Madden (LSE Sociology).


Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

Chant S., Klett-Davies M. & J. Ramalho (2017) Young Female Adolescents in Urban Areas of the Global South, The Challenges of Slums and Potential Solutions - Rapid Evidence Review, London: Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

An article by Dr Suzanne Hall on ‘Mooring “super-diversity” to a brutal migration milieu’ published in Ethnic and Racial Studies 40th anniversary celebration (2017), which explores processes of subordination that underpin the European migration system: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2017.1300296

An article by Dr Claire Moon entitled ‘Human rights, human remains: forensic humanitarianism and the human rights of the dead’ in a special issue of International Social Science Journal: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/issj.12071/abstract).

A paper published in the journal Sociology by Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison (LSE Sociology) and Dr David O’Brien (Goldsmiths) using data from the Great British Class Survey which reveals the extent to which actors from relatively wealthy backgrounds are dominating the theatre and film industry: Like Skydiving without a Parachute’: How Class Origin Shapes Occupational Trajectories in British Acting.

A report by Dr Martina Klett-Davies anaylysing trends and characteristics associated with single parents in the UK from 1997 to 2015 published by the Bertelsmann Foundation as part of their Families and Education programme: Under Pressure? Single parents in the UK (PDF).

Suzanne Hall’s article on ‘Migrant Urbanisms: Ordinary Cities and everyday resistance’  in the journal Sociology on their special issue on Sociologies of Everyday Life (vol 49 (5): 853-869). The article explores how migrants are active in the making of urban space and urban politics: http://soc.sagepub.com/content/49/5/853.full.pdf+html

A chapter by Dr Suzanne Hall on ‘Designing Public Space in Austerity Britain’ recently published in an edited book on Economy and Architecture by Odgers, McVicar and Kite (Routledge, 2015): http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/63143/

An article by Dr Ayça Çubukçu (2015), “On the Exception of Hannah Arendt,” in Law, Culture and the Humanities, DOI: 10.1177/1743872115588442.

Sociology of Speed

Do We Really Live in an Acceleration Society?

Speaker: Hartmut Rosa

12 January 2017

Link to video and podcast above.


Respectable: the experience of class

Speaker: Lynsey Hanley

3 May 2016

Link to video and podcast above.

Philippe Coulangeon

New Forms of Cultural Capital

Speakers: Philippe Coulangeon, Sam Friedman, Laurie Hanquinet, Mike Savage

16 November 2015

Link to video, podcast and slides above.

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