Our work provides a focal point for those interested in the key issues and questions of our time and the operations, structures and social problems of today. The Department is a world-leading centre, both for study and for research, that plays a central role in advancing sociology as a discipline capable of tackling concerns central to contemporary society.
Our work is also intentionally inter-disciplinary in nature and remains well-connected through collaborations to other disciplines including, inter alia, geography, health sciences, politics and social policy. We have also developed strong research links with the humanities and the natural sciences.
All staff are located in one, and sometimes two, of these clusters. The organisation of work in the department is based on funding bases and intellectual styles of work. Some research still takes the form of individual scholarship, some is organised by way of informal communities of interest, and some is delivered via the work of the formal Research Centres/Units.
The Department is strategically focused on a number of socially significant (and often overlapping) areas of research enquiry and public commentary concerned with:
The Department of Sociology at York aspires to build on its leading position by producing research that is rigorous, original and significant. In keeping with the University of York’s research strategy, the Department will produce scholarly work of the highest quality and of value to society. It will work towards fashioning a distinctive ‘York’ Sociology (or sociologies) and the Department will endeavor to promote its contribution to the discipline as a whole. It seeks to sustain a research environment that has a sound financial base and one that is conducive to all academic staff achieving their personal research goals, while encouraging them to retain a critical and relevant approach to their research.
In the 2008 RAE Sociology at York was ranked joint first in the country (along with Manchester, Essex and Goldsmiths). Sixty percent of its work was graded at either 4* or 3* and its grade point average (GPA) was 2.85.
Our aim is to maintain this position as one of premier departments for research in the UK.