Sociology at Glasgow is defined by our shared commitment to rigorous, innovative and useful research. We believe the best social research should make a difference, but that it earns the right to do so only by being methodologically and theoretically excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) we were ranked 1st in Scotland and 8th in the UK, with 75% of our outputs were judged as world-leading or internationally excellent and almost two thirds of the UoA’s impact was assessed as world-leading.

We have particular strengths in the following areas. Most members of staff work between and across these areas, and in conjunction with colleagues across the discipline and beyond.

  • Crime, Justice and Security: work on national and global aspects of crime, criminal justice and punishment
  • Inequalities: work on racism and anti-racism, disabilities, health and illness, gender and sexualities, work and the interrelationships between these issues
  • Consumption and Risk: work on various kinds of ‘risky’ behaviour, including gambling and drug use
  • Theoretical and Cultural Research: work aimed at the development of new theoretical insight, as well as historical and comparative cultural research, around questions of kinships, families and intimacy, and critical media research.

Sociology at Glasgow also hosts the annual Frisby Memorial Lectures. The lecture for 2014 was given by Prof. Nancy Fraser, Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics, New School for Social Research, New York, in February 2014.