Social Policy research at Glasgow draws from the School of Social and Political Science (SPS), the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS) and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW). We are united in our commitment to civic social science, and share common interests in tackling social inequalities and injustices, nationally and internationally, through policy-relevant research underpinned by social theoretical expertise and methodological rigour. We are delighted to receive the results from our REF 2021 submission, with 95% of our work overall being recognised as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’
Neil Davidson Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship
Named after our late colleague, Neil Davidson, in recognition of his enduring work as historian, theorist, teacher and activist
Sociology at Glasgow is defined by a shared commitment to the value of theoretically-informed and methodologically rigorous critical research. Our research seeks to understand the historical forces that have shaped our current context and critically analyse the contemporary forms of power, inequality and cultural forces that animate our social world. Crucially, our research understands the production of inequalities as multi-layered and intersecting.
We are also committed to our research seeking to make a difference in removing the injustices created by these inequities. In pursuing these ideals we work across our three constituent disciplines of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology.
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.
- Anthropological Research
- Crime, Criminal Justice and Punishment
- Gender and sexuality
- Media and Culture
- Racism, Nationalism and Migration
- Social Theory
In addition to a biweekly seminar series, Sociology at Glasgow also hosts the annual Frisby Memorial Lecture. Among previous speakers are Richard Sennett, Nancy Fraser, Erik Olin Wright and Nancy Scheper-Hughes.
Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research
The Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research (SCCJR) is home to the largest criminology PhD community in Europe. It aims to develop capacity and nurture new ways of thinking by supporting seed-corn grants, workshops/symposia, international exchanges and through its extensive policy engagement activities
Glasgow University Media Group
The Glasgow University Media Group conducts innovative sociological research which looks at the impacts of media content on public understanding and belief