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We are committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus. Our research is interdisciplinary, innovative and has impact.

We have a diverse research portfolio, centred around seven themes.

  • Science, technology and risk
  • Crime, security and justice
  • Children and young people
  • Culture, interaction and everyday life
  • Education, skills and the labour market
  • Inequalities, division and diversity
  • Knowledge, learning and pedagogy

Our work is characterised by a combination of sociological theory and methods with application to real-world issues. As a multi-discipline School, we value an interdisciplinary approach and embrace a range of methods and approaches to issues.

We have a large postgraduate community in the School, with students taking a key role in shaping our research environment. Students undertake research-capacity development and engage in regular seminars, workshops, public engagement activities as well as the student-organised Postgraduate Café, a monthly forum for research-focused discussion.

International reputation

In the last UK Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014), our research in Education and Sociology was ranked 5th and 3rd respectively.

We are proud that 100% of our research environment in Education was rated as conducive to producing ‘world-leading’ research in terms of its vitality and sustainability, while 80% of our research in Sociology was deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of reach and significance.

Our staff includes Fellows of the British Academy and the Learned Society of Wales, Academicians of the Academy of Social Sciences, several winners of the Learned Society of Wales Dillwyn Medal for outstanding early career research and the winner of the 2015 BRA/BBC Ethnography prize.

Grants and collaborations

Our collaborations range from partnerships with major universities and international agencies around the world, to working with local policy makers and practitioners.

Since 2014, we have secured research grants totalling in excess of £63 million. We have one of the highest per capita external grant captures of any Social Science department in the country.