Department of Sociology

The blog of the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey

New book: Working Women on Screen: Paid Labour and Fourth Wave Feminism

Nathalie Weidhase Everybody talks about work. From social media trends discussing #QuietQuitting and #GirlBossing to TV that depicts different working lives and cultures such as Severance(2022 – present) and She–Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022), mediations of work are everywhere. These mediations often take on a particular gendered nature. For women, the notion of ‘having it all’ looms large. The aspirational image ofsuccessfully combining work, motherhood, and romancecontinues […]


Learning to work differently: reflections on transdisciplinary research

Kate Burningham Conducting research that integrates and broadens insights and approaches from multiple perspectives is essential for tackling the complexities of system change. In the inaugural blog of our new series, Kate Burningham reflects on some practical implications of transdisciplinarity for academic work practices. What does transdisciplinary research involve in practice? What aspects of everyday […]


Between Borders and Headlines: A Critical Analysis of the Greek Press’s Narratives on Climate Migrants

Dr Nerina Boursinou, Ms Anatoli Rontogianni, Dr Christos Kostopoulos Our interdisciplinary collaborative research project (2023-2024), Between Borders and Headlines: A Critical Analysis of the Greek Press’s Narratives on Climate Migrants, aims to understand how climate – induced migration and climate migrants are represented and framed, and the results of this framing on the cultivation of […]


Opening up the Qualitative Al conversation with our free global symposium

Opening up the Qualitative Al conversation with our free global symposium Christina Silver, PhD, SFHEA, FAcSS. Associate Professor (Teaching), Director of the CAQDAS Networking Project, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey Christina Silver, PhD, SFHEA, FAcSS. Associate Professor (Teaching), Director of the CAQDAS Networking Project, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey Just over a year […]


“I Hate Sitting on the Floor Because it Hurts my Bottom and it Smells”: Children’s Discomfort in Primary School Assemblies

Dr Peter Hemming, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, 20/11/23 Children’s Voices Today is World Children’s Day, which marks the launch of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and promotes the importance of listening to children’s voices. Since the adoption of the Convention, understandings of children in British society have […]


Widening participation to sandwich courses – new report

Rachel Brooks (on behalf of the research team that includes Jill Timms, Frances Gow and Adeeba Ahmad) Today, the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) has published our report on widening participation to sandwich courses in English universities.  Background Sandwich courses are undergraduate degree programmes that include a year-long placement in industry or part-time work-experience. Existing research has demonstrated that […]


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