The Sociology and Communications group is a dynamic, international and globally respected community of researchers. Members are at the forefront of study into subjects as diverse as globalisation and social transformation, political communication, communication and social change; gender and sexuality, the body, human-animal studies, the senses and embodiment, race and ethnicity, the environment, urban space and cities, digital cultures, public communication, young people, rights and the global south; popular culture, comedy/humour studies, experimental multi-media, and sports studies.
- Join an expert interdisciplinary community that publishes innovative and world-leading research addressing contemporary concerns and emerging social and cultural challenges.
- Be part of a thriving research culture where researchers have received regular grants from the AHRC, ESRC and British Academy.
- Benefit from our excellent multi-Supervisory teams to support your postgraduate study.
- Enjoy being part of a collegial and active research environment.
Find out about the exciting research we do in this area. Browse profiles of our experts, discover the research groups and their inspirational research activities you too could be part of. We’ve also made available extensive reading materials published by our academics and PhD students.
Learn more about research in Sociology and Communications and Media Studies.
While we welcome a wide range of topics in the areas of Sociology & Communications, here is an example list of potential research topics that we would like to supervise:
- Digital antagonism, exclusions and discrimination
- Environmental Communication
- Popular communications and Social change
- Public sphere, deliberative democracy and free speech
- Public space and protest movements
- Surveillance and algorithmic profiling
- Creative industries, inequality and diversity
- Comedy, Identity and Society
- Intersectional Veganisms
- Transgenderism and ‘Transracialism’
- Reality Television and Ethnic Minority Girls
- Cities, urban change and place
- Sensory Sociology
- Culture, Space, Time and Cities
- Political economy of communication/media
- The digital revolution and social change
- The rise of the far-right and neo-fascism
- Radical social movements, the precariat and digital labour
- Democratisation and the clash of civilisations
- World-systems analysis
- Anarchist social thought
- Emergent Digital Media Technologies
- Film & Media History
- Globalisation and youth activism
- Children and international development
- Globalisation of education
- Science and society
- Urban Space and Experience