We seek to produce a sociology that combines rigorous research methods and analytical theory, and that is public-facing and fully engaged with Liverpool as a global city and the wider community, both within the UK and beyond.
The Department of Sociology is recognised for its conceptually driven empirical research and its applied approach to sociology, and this sociological policy focus is reflected in the ways it works in partnership with a range of private, public and third-sector organisations.
For example, the department currently works with the Vienna Institute for Dialogue and Co-operation, Fairplay, Football Supporters Europe, European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation, CiC - Fair Connections (Global), Fair Connections Foundation, Liverpool World Centre, RASA, Safe Space, Tender, Tara Women's Group/DCWC, Steps Foundation, Classrooms in the Clouds, AFC Liverpool, Asylum Link, Merseyside Peace Network, and Adult Education group.
The sociological achievements of the Department were reflected in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. Research from the Department of Sociology was submitted in UoAs 22 and 36.
64% of outputs in UoA22 were judged to be of world-leading and internationally excellent quality. 100% of impact case study were judged to be of world leading and internationally excellent quality. 55% of outputs in UoA36 were in the main of world leading and internationally excellent quality. 90% of impact case studies were judged to be of world-leading and internationally-excellent quality.
The Department of Sociology has extensive collaborations with European and international researchers and networks, particularly Nepal, India, Brussels and Paraguay.
The Department has a record of success in securing a diverse portfolio of research income from the UK Research Councils, British Academy, European Commission, Erasmus+, DFiD, Big Lottery, European Social Fund, HEFCE and charities.
Staff in the Department are on a wide range of Editorial Boards, including Max Weber Studies, Journal of Tribal Studies, Sociology, Sociology of Sport Journal, Soccer and Society, Sport and Communication, Sociological Research Online, Palgrave Series of Relational Sociology, Football Research in an Enlarged Europe, Ethnomusicology Forum and Journal of Popular Music Education.
Research in the Sociology Department is organised into six research groupings which reflect contemporary concerns.
History and Theory
Research in this strand focuses broadly on classical sociology, history of sociology, Max Weber, and literary and sociological imaginations, as well as sociology and theology of knowledge, and the sociology of phobia and fear.
Departmental research on international development includes work on sustainable development (Fair Connections), gender and development in Nepal, and participatory and visual research methods, along with issues on gender, education and conflict in Nepal.
The department's research strand of cultural sociology focuses particularly on sport, music and other expressions of culture. This includes the important strand of research into football culture, globalisation and fanship in the English Premier League, football supporter movements, and collective action/social movements. Research here also focuses on music, popular culture and capitalism, culture, art and communities, sociology of education and music education, music and identity in Paraguay, and knitting and its place in (post)feminist cultural politics.
Identities and Inequalities
The department's research into identities and inequalities focuses broadly on sociological issues surrounding gender, race and disability, including gender issues in the UK and Southeast Asia, women's work-life balance, racism, postcoloniality, biopolitics, race and political theory, gender and racism in the music business, LGBQT in football culture, masculinity in extremist right-wing cultures, disability, health and wellbeing, disability hate crime, transableism, childhood illness experiences, smoking, and quality of life research. Some colleagues in this research strand also contribute to the Media, Culture, Communications Research Group.
Social and Public Policy
Departmental research in this strand links sociology, social policy, social work and public policy, and criminology, with particular focus on radical religion and religious anarchism, feminism, housing and urban sociology, green issues and environmental policy.
Crime, Deviance and Justice
Some research in our department contributes to the research produced by the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion, a vibrant research centre where academics and activists work together to share and disseminate ideas with respect to the study of crime, criminalisation, social harm and state institutions. The CCSE is also committed to critically engaging with policy makers and practitioners. These interventions are designed to influence social policy and to contribute to achieving social justice for a range of socially marginalised groups.