research innovation

The Department of Sociology is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

We are internationally recognized as a world-leading centre of research into key questions and problems in contemporary society. We have a long track-record of being at the forefront of sociological exploration of culture, gender, language and science. This has been continued and expanded into related areas through further rigorous and innovative theoretical and empirical research. The result is a dynamic research culture that seeks to make a difference to Sociology and to society.


Much of our work is conducted in multi-disciplinary collaboration with subjects including:

  • Archaeology
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Social Policy

Our research clusters

We organise our research into research clusters, which allow for dedicated research conversation and support. Our research strategy has been designed to help maintain and further develop our vibrant and supportive research environment.

Sociology at York

Our reputation

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The Department was ranked 1st in the UK for research quality and research impact in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). 41% of our research was rated as 4* (world leading) and our grade point average (GPA) was 3.27.‌

This improved on our result in the previous exercise (RAE 2008) where we ranked joint first in the UK.