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.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise we were ranked 1st in Scotland and 8th in the UK, with 75% of our outputs judged as world-leading or internationally excellent and almost two thirds of the Unit of Assessment’s impact 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.
- 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
Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research
The remit of the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research is to provide an academic base for research and teaching in social aspects of disability. We are currently researching the education, training, employment, health and legal needs of disabled people.
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