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UCL Sociology Network

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

UCL's Sociology Network (USN)

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 Sociology Network (USN) 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.  In addition, UCL has strong links with the British Sociological Association, and the Academy of Social Sciences.  USN is run by and for its members, and as such will evolve to suit their needs.

How to get involved
  • 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 2024 Annual Debate:  How Can Sociology Engage with the Major Challenges of our Time?  As wars rage and the climate crisis looms, what can sociology offer?  Four eminent sociologists tackled this question and considered how our discipline can be relevant in times of crisis

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