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Sociology Research and PhD Programmes

Sociology research at Brunel has a global perspective and examines core sociological issues through a distinctive cultural and media sociology lens, with an emphasis on societal and political relevance. Through three strategic research groupings, staff work across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, advancing theoretical agendas, while generating public engagement and impact on social and cultural policy and practice, nationally and internationally. The team’s research strength in social-cultural change, spanning digital cultures, media, inequality, race, gender and spatial politics, has been applied to a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and methodologically-innovative sociological research agenda. Currently, researchers are applying sociological concepts to contemporary societal shifts including plastic pollution, social cash transfers in Africa, cultured meat and France’s gilets jaunes movement.

Research opportunities for students 

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities below and find out about the funding available for students.

Research in Sociology

Find people, projects, groups and publications in Sociology and read more about related research to this area.

Independent assessment of our research quality (REF 2021)

Research groups

We proudly lead or are members of a number of research groups. Browse the groups below. 

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Fully-funded studentships

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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