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Department of Sociology

Welcome from the Head of Department

Welcome to Durham University’s Department of Sociology where academics, postgraduate researchers, and students are collectively developing and applying their ‘sociological imagination’ to a number of contemporary social problems. In our rapidly changing world, there has never been a more important time to look at the world through a Sociological lens and engage in theoretically driven research and teaching that makes a difference. 

We do world leading research in a range of sociological issues, but have particular strength in five key areas. Two of these overlap with the multi-disciplinary research centres that are housed within the Department:

The other three key areas are:

  • Higher Education and Social Inequality;
  • Health; and
  • Transgressive Leisure.

We teach programmes in the areas of sociology, criminology, social work, and social research methods. Until August 2018 we also teach sport, when we are excited to be launching it as a new, separate department. 

Our postgraduate researchers are an integral part of our department and participate in our research seminars, away days, training sessions, and social events. Our research training is delivered as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised NINE Doctoral Training Partnership.

We have a strong commitment to close partnership working with the local community, along with links with voluntary and community sector organisations globally.  

Please do get in touch if you have any questions, comments or would like to join us.

Professor Nicole Westmarland

Acting Head of Department