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Research in Sociology

Our research in Sociology covers several subjects and areas including Criminology; Health and Well-being; Research Methodology; Science and Technology Studies and Social Policy.

Our key Research Themes in Sociology are:

Advances in Research Methodology

We have a long tradition of thought leadership in the area of qualitative methods and ethnography. Recently, this has been augmented by significant investment in our quantitative methods research capacity through the Q-Step Centre and our participation in CADRE (The Centre for Administrative Data and Evaluation). The School has also established rapid growth in our expertise in Digital Social Science pivoting around the COSMOS platform.

DECIPHER (Centre for Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement) provides a bridge to our impact work, focusing as it does upon developing techniques for assessing complex multi-level policy and practice interventions.

Crime, Security and Justice

We have an international reputation for research excellence in the fields of policing and security, and organised and financial crime. The Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ) provides an important vehicle for a lot of our work in this area. The Universities’ Police Science Institute is an innovative collaboration with South Wales Police, focused upon developing the research evidence base for policing.

Culture, Transformation and Subjectivity

A particular specialism of this theme is ethnographies of practice including of the martial arts and artists. Recently, the School has seen growth in its research on various aspects of Community, Space and Place reflecting the interests of a number of our early career researchers.

Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

This is a major part of the School’s research activity and includes contributions from several Research Centres and Groups. CISHeW is leading, for example, collaborative research with a number of other institutions, exploring methodologies of knowledge co-production. DECIPHER’s well established programme has had national and national impact upon health policy development.

Scientific Knowledge, Technology and Risk

The research being conducted by Professor Harry Collins and Dr Rob Evans funded by the European Research Council plays a central role in this theme, as is Professor Tom Horlick-Jones’s work on risk. The Centre for Ethical and Social Aspects of Genomics is currently conducting work into the conduct of ethics committees, in vitro meat and epigenetics.