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Sociology

Brunel submitted 20 staff to this unit of assessment, an increase of 63% on 2014. The volume of our work graded world-leading or internationally excellent increased by 88%, and 100% of the impact case studies we submitted achieved these top two grades. View full results here.    


Sensing our need for authentic experiences of cities - REF impact case study

REF results for social sciences panel

REF Unit of Assessment (click for full details) College Subjects World leading or internationally excellent research 4* 3* 2* 1* FTE equivalent
Anthropology and Development Studies (UoA 22) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Anthropology 88.0% 17.0% 71.0% 12.0% 0.0% 11
Business and Management Studies (UoA 17) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Business 64.0% 19.0% 45.0% 25.0% 11.0% 72
Economics and Econometrics (UoA 16) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Economics and finance 61.0% 1.0% 60.0% 29.0% 9.0% 37.6
Education (UoA 23) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Education 53.0% 10.0% 43.0% 43.0% 4.0% 18.2
Law (UoA 18) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Law 60.0% 26.0% 34.0% 37.0% 3.0% 38.5
Politics and International Studies (UoA 19) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences History, Politics and International Relations 80.0% 20.0% 60.0% 20.0% 0.0% 27.0
Sociology (UoA 21) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Journalism, Sociology 69.0% 18.0% 51.0% 30.0% 1.0% 19.6
Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism (UoA 24) College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences 94.0% 36.0% 58.0% 6.0% 0.0% 26.0
Anthropology and Development Studies (UoA 22) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 17.0% 71.0% 12.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 28.6% 71.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 0.0% 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
88% of research in Anthropology and Development Studies at Brunel is world leading or internationally excellent

Rwanda’s ‘Uber for motorbike taxis’ triumph

An uber-style phone app that helps motorbike taxi riders find careful drivers and makes the streets safer transforms transport across Africa. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Business and Management Studies (UoA 17) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 19.0% 45.0% 25.0% 11.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 21.1% 52.2% 25.0% 1.7% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 25.0% 16.7% 16.6% 41.7% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 62.5% 37.5% 0.0% 0.0%
64% of research in Business and Management at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

Business brains helping Uganda dairy farmers milk it

Waste-saving ideas borrowed from Japanese car makers are the magic formula helping Uganda’s dairy farmers - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Economics and Econometrics (UoA 16) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 1.0% 60.0% 29.0% 9.0% 1.0%
Output (65%) 1.1% 57.4% 35.1% 5.3% 1.1%
Impact (20%) 0.0% 50.0% 25.0% 25.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 87.5% 12.5% 0.0% 0.0%
61% of research in Economics and Econometrics at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

Caribbean pensions on a better financial footing

An outstanding example of how effective pension reforms can have a fundamental impact on both regulators and at-risk people in several countries. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Education (UoA 23) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 10.0% 43.0% 43.0% 4.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 17.4% 47.8% 28.3% 6.5% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 0.0% 25.0% 75.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0%
53% of research in Education at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

Helping housing associations offer hope

Dr Wainwright drew on geographies and sociologies of education, training and welfare to help housing associations design smarter services for their residents - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Law (UoA 18) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 26.0% 34.0% 37.0% 3.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 21.8% 34.5% 39.1% 4.6% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 50.0% 25.0% 25.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0%
64% of research in Law at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

Problems with family courts exposed

Dr Barnett has changed public opinion, shaped the political agenda and changed laws and legal practice to help domestic abuse survivors and their children. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Politics and International Studies (UoA 19) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 20.0% 60.0% 20.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 16.2% 55.9% 27.9% 0.0% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 33.3% 66.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 12.5% 62.5% 25.0% 0.0% 0.0%
80% of research in Politics and International Studies at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

21st century poachers: How intelligence experts are helping save the rhino

Intelligence-led approach helps parks reduce their poaching incidents and increase poaching arrests. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Sociology (UoA 21) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 18.0% 51.0% 30.0% 1.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 30.6% 32.7% 34.7% 2.0% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 37.5% 62.5% 0.0% 0.0%
69% of research in Sociology at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

Sensing our need for authentic experiences of cities

Research shaping new ways of thinking and informing new working practices for museum curators, educators, architects and urban planners - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism (UoA 24) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 36.0% 58.0% 6.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 29.2% 61.6% 9.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 37.5% 62.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
94% of research in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism was rated as world leading or internationally excellent

Making the beautiful game fair play

Sports sociologist, Dr Laura Hills’ research into mixed gender football directly set up five far-reaching changes in national policy - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more