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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Research Centres and Expertise

Interdisciplinarity is central for us and much of our research draws on interdisciplinary projects. Indeed, in the recent past we have built on our informal research networks to forge a number of formal research units/centres. Examples of units/centres founded or co-founded by members of the Sociology Subject Area include:

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships


Sociology has several members of academic staff and PhD students associated with CRFR, and Professor Lynn Jamieson is one of the founding co-directors. Since its inception in 2001, CRFR has produced high quality research on families and relationships of relevance to Scottish society. CRFR has gained a reputation for making research accessible to a wide range of audiences, to engaging with a network of policy-makers, voluntary and statutory organisations and practitioners from all over Scotland and beyond. The ESRC rates CRFR’s user engagement activities as ‘outstanding’.

The Genomics Forum


Professor Steve Yearley currently directs the Forum, which is first ESRC Centre to be established and funded with knowledge transfer as its key objective. Established in August 2004, the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum is a novel initiative in the field of social science research. As part of the ESRC Genomics Network (EGN), the Forum acts to integrate the diverse strands of social science research within and beyond the EGN; to develop links between social scientists and scientists working across the entire range of genomic science and technology; and to connect research in this area to policy makers, business, the media and civil society in the UK and abroad.

The Centre for South Asian Studies


Several Sociology staff are involved in research in South Asia and affiliated to CSAS. Founded in 1988, CSAS is the central academic unit in Scotland dedicated to the study of South Asia. With 22 full-time associated staff in Edinburgh, four honorary fellows, and 13 more staff affiliated across Scotland and northern Britain, the Centre is also one of the four leading centres for South Asian Studies in the UK. It brings together South Asian expertise across the University to create a lively environment supporting the interdisciplinary study of the subcontinent as a whole. Outwith the University, the Centre seeks to relate South Asian Studies to the wider community, through links with the Scottish Parliament, NGO's and major educational and cultural organisations in South Asia and Scotland.

Other clusters of research expertise include:

Social Studies of Finance; Cultural Sociology and the Arts; Nationalism and National Identity; Digital Sociology; Sociology of Emotions; Sustainable Development; Global Sociology; Sociology of Scotland; and Social Theory.

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