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UCL Sociology Network

UCL's Sociology Network is a creative space and intellectual home for sociological researchers and doctoral students across UCL

Sociology has a significant presence and reach across UCL through teaching, research and PhD supervision.  There are sociologists in every UCL Faculty with expertise in a wide range of thematic and geographic specialisms. UCL has a substantial methodological community which uses sociological thinking to inform the use and development of approaches to research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. UCL has strong links with the British Sociological Association, and the Academy of Social Sciences.

UCL Sociology Network is a creative space and intellectual home for sociological staff and doctoral students across UCL.  Taking a broad and inclusive definition of sociology, the network seeks to connect sociologists to share and generate synergies across the field, to celebrate the work of UCL sociologists, and to ensure the discipline’s visibility within and beyond UCL to researchers, funders, prospective doctoral students and the public. The Network is run by and for its members, and as such will evolve to suit their needs:

  • Join the UCL sociology community
    If you are a member of UCL research staff and would like to join the UCL sociological community, simply select the UCL IRIS Sociology theme when you update your IRIS profile
  • Join our moodle
    We have a moodle for UCL’s sociologists to facilitate the sharing of teaching materials and teaching collaborations.  Further details

  • Tell us what you want the Network to do via this online form (one free text question and your contact details)
  • Watch our 2023 Annual Lecture, The Roots of All Capitals, or, the Human Condition and Social Division, Professor Will Atkinson (University of Bristol).   In this lecture, Professor Atkinson probed the relationship between fundamental features of the human condition and modes of social division and domination.  He set out several premises about what it means to be human and, from that, establish misrecognition as the key to understanding division and domination.

Background to the UCL Sociology Network
The network was relaunched in 2022 as a strand of activity within UCL's Collaborative Social Sceince Domain.  It was originally established in 2009, Chaired by Professor Graham Scambler (2009-13) and later by Professor Paul Higgs (2013 -21).