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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.

We collaborate with national and international partners, conducting interdisciplinary research that responds to and influences the challenges faced by contemporary societies.

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

Ranked first for overall performance in the Research Excellence Framework

Times Higher Education 2014

Ranked first for research impact in the Research Excellence Framework

Times Higher Education 2014

Research strengths

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

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:

University research themes

We conduct our research in collaboration with colleagues from complementary disciplines through three University research themes: