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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. Our goal is the growth and deepening of an already large and vibrant community of scholars, active across a wide range of specialisms in sociology. We aim to be intellectually innovative, flexible, inclusive, enabling and capacity-building. We foster intellectual diversity rather than impose homogeneity.
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- Race and Decolonial Thought
- Digital Sociology
- Finance and Economic Sociology
- Environment and Energy
- Nationalism and Political Action
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A Material Sociology of High-Frequency Trading
This project explores how today’s automated trading has developed and is currently conducted. It also studies the interaction between automated trading and market structures both in the US and Europe.
A New Page? Libraries, Austerity and the Shifting Boundaries of Civil Society
This project focuses on public libraries and the things they do in, and for, the neighbourhoods in which they are based.
Artful Sociology: Exploring Avenues for Interdisciplinarity Between Sociology and the Art World
Dr Laura Harris is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her current project is called Artful Sociology: Exploring Avenues for Interdisciplinarity Between Sociology and the Art World and has involved collaborating with Talbot Rice Gallery in the production of the event In Another Tongue.
ARTICONF - The smART socIal media eCOsystem in a blockchaiN Federated environment - project is a EU Horizon 2020 project focusing on decentralised social media services.
GLIMER – Governance and the local integration of migrants and Europe’s refugees
GLIMER works towards solutions that transform the 'refugee crisis' into an opportunity for European cities.
Heat and the city
A multi-disciplinary research project addressing a major need in European energy and climate policy: how do we reduce the energy used for heating and hot water in buildings and create a low carbon heat supply?
Impact Evaluation of Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug Programme
Sociology: The two-year evaluation examines how, and to what extent, Bookbug impacts on the lives of families in Scotland, and on the knowledge, attitudes and practices of early-years professionals.
Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives
The project involves the coming together of two institutions to reflect collectively and comparatively on the transformative potential of doing feminisms in the academy, delving into questions of identity, pedagogy and violence.
Telling Good Stories
The Leverhulme Trust is funding sociologist Dr Julie Brownlie to examine – and problematise – the stories we tell about kindness.
The Feminist Policy Project
The Feminist Policy Project (FPP) will be a collaborative venture through which contributors critically evaluate and creatively re-write a range of UK social policies.