Department of Sociology and Criminology

Research

Our research addresses crucial contemporary issues, while also offering theoretical and historical analysis.

Our academics in the Department of Sociology and Criminology work on funded projects, publish high quality books, book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles, organise conferences and seminar series and have significant impact with their research.

Our research (as submitted to UoA21, Sociology) was assessed overall to be 45% ‘world leading’ (4*) and 40% ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). In particular, 100% of our impact case studies were assessed as outstanding (4*). 

There are six main cross-cutting research themes in the Department and most people’s research fits under more than one theme. 

  • Identities, Emotions and Cultures
  • Structural and Intersecting Inequalities
  • Health, Care and the Body
  • Science, Technologies and Society
  • Social (Dis)order and Resistance
  • (In)justice, Harm and Control 

Additionally, the Centre for Gender Studies is led by members of the Department, as are the Ethnicity, Race, and Diverse Societies Network and the Sussex Terrorism and Extremism Network. Many of us are members of the Crime Research Centre.

We invite prospective Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies PhD students to visit our staff pages to find out about areas of doctoral supervision. Apply for a PhD in Sociology, Criminology or Gender Studies.