We are one of the UK's leading centres for research and teaching in Sociology. One of our major strengths is diversity, both in who we are and what we do.
On our single and joint undergraduate degree programmes we place a strong emphasis on doing rather than just reading about sociology.
Our work is at the crossroads of professional, critical, public and user-oriented policy sociology and focuses on the interweaving of individual lives, social processes and historical change.
We are based in the Chrystal Macmillan Building on George Square at the heart of the Central campus.
Erving Goffman Memorial Lectures
Each year, Sociology invites a scholar of high international reputation to give the Erving Goffman Memorial Lecture. This aim of this lecture is to honour and continue the intellectual legacy of Erving Goffman by deepening our understanding of human behaviour and interactions.
SPS academic involved in global electricity decarbonisation effort, which aims to create 100% renewable energy power grids worldwide
School of Social and Political Science (SPS) academic Dr Jess Britton will lead The University of Edinburgh’s input into the new Electric Power Innovation for a Carbon-free Society (EPICS) centre, which brings together international partners to decarbonise the global energy sector.
SPS academic involved in new Energy Demand Research Centre aimed at driving net-zero energy sector
SPS academic honoured with prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship
Professor Janette Webb has been announced as a new Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) fellow for 2023.
Festival of Creative Methods
Find out more on this brilliant 3-week festival of all-things-methods
Review of International Studies at 50
Join us to celebrate 50 years of the Review of International Studies and editorship moving to Edinburgh.
Matters of law in Latin America
Join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion of the intersection between international law, human rights, and multilateralism.
Q-Step Seminar: Later life precarity. What is it? Can we measure it? Is it useful?
Professor Alan Marshall is a Social Statistician by training who is now Professor of Social Research on Inequality based on the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His substantive research uses longitudinal data from social surveys in the UK and overseas to better understand the social and biological determinants of inequalities observed in health and wellbeing in later life.