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Research Overview

Cambridge sociologists are active in research and maintain strong publication records. Sociology is an integral part of a large social science research base in Cambridge where multiple forms of cross-departmental and interdisciplinary collaboration are actively encouraged and supported.  As a Department, we are committed to theoretically strong, empirically oriented research. The Department has a number of research priorities which provide a flexible framework for our research activity while at the same time allowing individual researchers the scope to pursue their own interests.

The research activity of the Department is currently organized into the following five groups:  

In each of these areas we have several members of staff developing research projects and managing research groups which consist of both graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Full details of the current research interests of individual members of staff can be found by following the links in the People pages.

Many of the research projects in the Department are funded by grants from the major research councils and funding bodies. Recent awards held by members of the Department include the following:

  • ESRC Priority Network on Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction (GeNet), directed by Professor Scott (£3.3 million) 
  • ERC Advanced Investigator Award on Privatisation and Mortality in Post-Communism, directed by Professor King (£2.8 million)
  • Wellcome Senior Investigator Award on Histories and Cultures of In Vitro Fertilisation, directed by Professor Franklin (£1 million)
  • Horizon 2020 (ICT-enabled open government) grant on Fiscal Transparency, Risk Analysis, and Impact of Good Governance Policies Assessed, directed by Mihály Fazekas and Professor King (£2.3 million)


A list of current research grants and programmes in the Department can be found by clicking on the link below:

A list of current grants in the Department

The Department welcomes inquiries from postdocs who either have funding or who are seeking funding to pursue advanced research in sociology. It also welcomes inquiries from sociologists who would like to spend a period of sabbatical leave in Cambridge.