School of Law, Politics and Sociology


The School of Law, Politics and Sociology is a vibrant research unit within which over 50 members of faculty undertake research on a wide range of topics, as individual researchers, within domestic and international teams of researchers, and within renowned research centres, including the Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law and the Sussex European Institute.

The Ros Kellaway Visiting Research Fellowship in Law

This new Fellowship is available to fund research at the Sussex Law School  for  a period of up to a year (12 months) to conduct research into one of the following areas:  business ethics, the ethics of the conduct of company directors, the ethics of cartels.

The Fellowship covers the cost of a University bench fee and carries a further stipend worth £8,250 to the successful applicant. He or she will also have access to shared office, computing and library facilities, and will be a welcome participant in all University and Sussex Law School research seminars and similar events. The successful applicant will be expected to present a Staff Research seminar and produce a report on his or her research during the period of the Fellowship.

Applications should be made by CV and covering letter to Celia Williams, School of Law, Politics & Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9RH. ( Further information is available from Professor Erika Szyszczak ( or Professor Stephen Shute (

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed (by Skype where this is more practicable than personal attendance at the University).

Deadline for applications: Friday 7 February 2014



The University of Sussex has been awarded one of just 21 ‘Doctoral Training Centres’ (DTCs) in the UK by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This year, the Sussex DTC will be awarding 22 ESRC studentships. Studentships are available for the +3 route, for applicants who have passed or are currently taking an ESRC recognised research training Masters degree (such as the Sussex Masters in Social Research Methods), or 1+3 route, which involves an initial year of research methods training. Studentships will be payable at the equivalent of the Home/EU fee per annum for full time students and in the case of UK students will also include maintenance grant of £13,590 to cover living expenses.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants through the School of Law, Politics and Sociology (LPS) for ESRC studentships that are connected to the Citizenship, Justice and Security pathway.

Those considering making an application can contact relevant research degree convenors in the School as follows:

Law: Prof. Richard Vogler

Politics/Contemporary European Studies: Professor Aleks Szczerbiak

Sociology: Dr Lizzie Seal

Gender Studies: Dr Alison Phipps


Further particulars regarding the application process and Sussex ESRC DTC studentship application forms are available from the Sussex ESRC DTC website at:

For information on the supervision available in the Schools, please see: and refer to:
The Sussex Law School

The deadline for completed applications to be submitted to the Sussex DTC is 5.00pm on 15th February 2013

Faculty research engages with some of the most timely, complex and interesting issues exercising the national and international agenda, from prison reform to globalisation, pharmaceutical regulation, gender and family law, the European Union, the politics of citizenship and migration, international law and justice, bureaucracy and institutional leadership, health, social turbulence, human rights and crime.

Our three departments all secured top 20 rankings in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008. The Department of Politics was ranked second out of 27 European studies units in British universities Of the 39 sociology departments ranked nationally, the Department of Sociology was ranked 16th and was in the top ten for world-leading or internationally excellent research. The Department of Law was also ranked 16th, out of 67 departments.

Since the start of the last RAE period, faculty within our school have secured over £3.5 million in external research funding from a range of funding councils, governmental and non-governmental bodies, charities and private organisations, including: the Economic and Social Research Council; the British Academy; the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the Nuffield Foundation; the Leverhulme Trust; the European Union; the Wellcome Trust; and the NHS.

We work with scholars within the UK and internationally, with governmental and non-governmental organisations, with the private sector and the media, and have strong links with research and community projects from the local Sussex area to the United Nations. We are always seeking to develop our projects and welcome contact. We have a wide range of research training courses at postgraduate levels, encourage students to realise their potential in research and seek to prepare them on an individual basis for professional life after the completion of their studies

At the level of professional researchers in the UK, in the European Union, or further afield, we encourage visiting fellows to join us in developing their research projects in conjunction with our own. You are also welcome to visit our Departmental research pages, or to contact us directly.