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Welcome to the Department of Sociology at Durham

Our Department members, postgraduate researchers, and students collectively develop ‘sociological imagination’ and apply it to contemporary processes and issues. These include social inequality and its implications for social mobility, education and health; violence, abuse, and the role of help-seeking and state responses.
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1st for Criminology Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
20th in the UK QS World University Subject Rankings 2024
4th in the UK for research impact in REF 2021
A Sociological Community cutting edge, socially conscious research in a friendly community of staff and students

  

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  • Undergraduate study

    Find out more about our undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Criminology and Joint Honours in Sociology and Anthropology.

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  • Postgraduate study

    Explore our postgraduate study options in Sociology, Criminology, Social Research Methods and Social Work.

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Undergraduate study

Find out more about our undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Criminology and Joint Honours in Sociology and Anthropology.

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Postgraduate study

Explore our postgraduate study options in Sociology, Criminology, Social Research Methods and Social Work.

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Our research

We work in collaborative and participative ways with communities, both within and external to the university, locally, nationally and internationally to effect social justice and social change.

Underpinning our work is a concern to understand the similarities and differences arising from people’s intersecting identities, especially of gender, sexuality, ‘race’, social class, faith and age.
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ESRC invests £1.6 million in ambitious and novel project

ESRC project success for colleagues in the Department of Sociology
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Mitigating the impact of air pollution on dementia and brain health: Setting the policy agenda

Professor Brian Castellani from our Department of Sociology is the Director of InSPIRE, a research consortium focused on the links between air pollution and brain health. Here, together with InSPIRE colleagues Dr Suzanne Bartington (Birmingham University) and Professor Stefan Reis (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), Brian discusses why air quality strategies should include benefits on brain health.
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Encouraging writers to present an accurate view of self-harm

We’ve created new resources designed to help writers present an accurate view of people at risk of self-harm.
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  • Towards Inclusive Responses to Sexual Violence

    New webpages have been created to present findings and resources from a series of participatory research projects. Since 2019, Dr Alison Jobe from Durham University (Department of Sociology) and Dr Helen Williams from the University of Sunderland have carried out this research, in collaboration with third sector organisations and learning disabled / autistic survivors of sexual violence.
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  • Stop jailing pregnant women to prevent tragedies, research says

    A new book, co-authored by Dr Lucy Baldwin, an Honorary Fellow in our Department of Sociology, is calling on the UK justice system to stop sending pregnant women to prison, or risk further tragedies for mothers and babies.
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  • Centre for violence and abuse research recognises its 10th anniversary

    On Friday 24 November, the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) held a special event with around 60 people in attendance, including the Vice-Chancellor and Warden, at Collingwood College to showcase the breadth of the Centre’s work over the last 10 years.
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Stop jailing pregnant women to prevent tragedies, research says

A new book, co-authored by Dr Lucy Baldwin, an Honorary Fellow in our Department of Sociology, is calling on the UK justice system to stop sending pregnant women to prison, or risk further tragedies for mothers and babies.
Black and white image showing a pregnant abdomen cradled with a pair of hands

Centre for violence and abuse research recognises its 10th anniversary

On Friday 24 November, the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) held a special event with around 60 people in attendance, including the Vice-Chancellor and Warden, at Collingwood College to showcase the breadth of the Centre’s work over the last 10 years.
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Student updates

Find out what our students get up to at Durham University.

Highlights

A day in the life of a Sociology student

Second-year Sociology student, Jess tell us about her day-to-day life at Durham.
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Meet my Durham College Family

Combined Honours and Sociology student, Samantha introduces us to life at Hatfield College.
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Get in touch

To find out more about our undergraduate and postgraduate options, please contact us using one of the buttons below.

Department of Sociology

Durham University
32 Old Elvet
Durham
DH1 3HN

+44 (0)191 33 41400

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