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Research at LSE Sociology

We focus our energies through concerns with escalating inequalities and injustices across the globe, informed by sustained fieldwork and empirical inquiry in numerous nations

Research in the Department embraces a fundamentally international sociology critically interrogating theoretical claims about the relationships between economic, political, social, spatial and cultural change. We focus our energies through concerns with escalating inequalities and injustices across the globe, informed by sustained fieldwork and empirical inquiry in numerous nations. We also keep sight out of our own situated position within London, the UK, and Europe. We have wide ranging expertise straddling the economic, political, social and cultural challenges of our times. Our colleagues share direct research experience drawn from studies on every continent of the world.

 

Overview

We have wide-ranging expertise with particular expertise in key areas of current debate covering science and technology studies, finance and economic change; urbanisation; the cultural dimensions of social stratification; and new cosmopolitan political agendas around human rights and social conflict. Our colleagues share direct research experience drawn from studies on every continent of the world, and we have conducted fieldwork on Argentina, Australia, Colombia, India, South Africa, and other parts of Africa, the US and the Caribbean, as well as the UK.

A ‘triad’ of concerns – with theory, method and empirics – informs every strategic decision within the Department, shapes our relationship with the discipline more broadly, and frames the discussions we have with each other, with our students, and the wider LSE community. We see ourselves very strongly as a ‘mixed methods’ department, with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods informing our work in four research clusters: Economic Sociology; Politics and Human Rights; Social Inequalities; and Urban Sociology.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the quality of publications by LSE Sociology colleagues 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 world-leading grade (4*).

The Department is committed to a strong public as well as academic presence. Many of the recent books by our colleagues, such as by Nigel Dodd, Judy Wajcman, David Madden, Suzanne Hall, Bridget Hutter, Sam Friedman and Mike Savage (who co-directed the BBC’s Great British Class Survey) have attracted major public interest and have been widely debated in the media.

The Department continues to be a major stronghold of research on cities, politics and human rights. Colleagues are currently in receipt of major research grants from the ESRC, Wellcome, EU and other private sources and we plan major funding bids in the future.

Research clusters

Our research clusters showcase those areas where we have key concentrations of research and graduate teaching and where we have a distinctive LSE presence and identity. They embrace an international vision of sociology and are concerned to address the major challenges the world faces. Each cluster encourages inter-disciplinary debate and engagement at the same time as nurturing the resources of sociology as a discipline, and all embrace methodological and theoretical excellence.

Find out more about the work of each research cluster:

Economic Sociology; Politics and Human Rights; Social Inequalities;
and Urban Sociology.

Publications

Love of Humanity

Forthcoming book:

For the Love of Humanity: The World Tribunal on Iraq

Ayça Çubukçu (University of Pennsylvania Press, September 2018)

"Mixing ethnographic material on the conduct of the World Tribunal on Iraq with analysis grounded in political theory and international law, Ayça Çubukçu's outstanding book offers thought-provoking arguments alongside first-hand reflections on the WTI's deliberations."—Stephen Hopgood, University of London

Follow this link for selected recent Books by our faculty.

You can find many journal articles, book chapters, books, working papers, conference papers and other publications by our faculty and other sociologists on LSE Research Online.

 

Research seminars

Our research seminar series is the main venue for scholars from around the world to present work in progress. The series strives to feature innovative sociological research from a variety of perspectives.To find out more, please follow the link to our Events webpage.

Research students

LSE Sociology welcomes postgraduate researchers from around the world to undertake the MPhil/PhD Sociology, and also offers the MPhil/PhD Cities for interdisciplinary graduate research on cities, space and urbanism. Find out more from our Study pages.

A list of our current PhD students and their research topics can be found under People.

Follow these links for interviews with two of our research students:

Q&A with Haneen Naamneh

Q&A with Kristina Kolbe

Academic visitors

The Sociology Department welcomes applications from a wide range of individuals. Visitors to the Department come under three main categories:

1. Visiting Fellows: academics at Assistant Professor level, early career researchers, or non-academic practitioners of equivalent standing.

2. Visiting Senior Fellows: academics at Associate Professor level, or non-academic practitioners of equivalent standing.

3. Visiting Professors: Full Professors, or non-academics who have achieved prominence in public life or attained distinction in their profession.

To find out more about academic visitors and how to apply if you would like to join us please follow the link to Academic Visitors