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Our research

Innovative, critical, impactful.

Sociology at York identifies novel empirical agendas, shapes theoretical approaches and conducts cutting-edge research into the key questions facing society today.

For news on the REF 2021 results announced on 12 May 2022, and more on our impact, see our news page and our accessible patient choice case study.

We collaborate with national and international partners, conducting interdisciplinary research that addresses challenges faced by contemporary societies. We pride ourselves on being a Sociology department for public good, working to make a positive change in the world.

Our diverse and extensive research is documented in our research archive.

The Research Excellence Framework 2021

  • We’re ranked 1st for research impact and 4th in the UK for research overall according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021). Also, 100% of our research impact is rated at 4* - REF’s highest rating.

Learn more about the 2021 REF results

Research strengths

Our four research clusters provide a fertile intellectual environment, stimulating debate and inspiring the design and delivery of world-leading research.

Our research community

At York, we don’t just observe change; we’re a catalyst for it. Our remarkable research community drives changes that improve the world around us.

Driven by a desire to create a world in which care is the primary focus, hear from Patricia Hamilton (Lecturer and Chair of the Ethics Committee for Sociology) about parenting culture studies and her hopes for how we might understand people's contribution to society in different ways.

Read the interview with Patricia

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Impact and engagement

We work with policymakers, service providers, professionals and practitioners, charities and NGOs to bring about real and instrumental changes across national and international societies.



Our interdisciplinary research centres bring together a diverse community of scholars and non-academic partners to conduct world-leading research.


Our networks provide a forum for cross-cutting research collaboration and discussion: