Research and expertise

Our research

Social justice and user engagement are key themes that cut across all of our research

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Research and expertise

We are passionate about research that makes a difference in society, on a local and global level. Building on research strengths and a commitment to inclusive interdisciplinary approaches, we are working together to address some of the most significant challenges of the day. This ethos is embedded in the School with Sociology in Action which links research, students and the community together. 

Our research centres

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The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) is an interdisciplinary network of researchers, united by their commitment to carrying out research and teaching that helps achieve equality and social justice for disabled people, globally.

Mapping global racisms

The Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) is an interdisciplinary centre established in 1998. It has an established international reputation for theoretically-informed, policy relevant research on racism and ethnicity.

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FLaG brings together researchers and research users interested in family, youth, life course pathways and transitions, educational inequalities and intergenerational relationships.

Social Sciences Building on campus

The Centre brings together over 170 academic staff from across the arts and humanities, social sciences, medicine and healthcare studies. It ties together research on gender and feminist scholarship, which has a long history at Leeds.

Financial sustainability impact project

The Bauman Institute focuses upon rethinking global society in the light of shared social, economic, environmental and political challenges in an age of modernity seemingly dominated by financialized capitalism.

Cancer and society

The Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice draws together researchers with interests in the social practices through which technologies of health are designed, delivered and implemented.


Our academic team is formed by of over 50 experts who are dedicated to having a positive impact on society through their research and teaching.


Find out more about joining our academic community by becoming a postgraduate researcher in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.


Our research informs policy and practice. Find out about the current research projects taking place within the School.


Upcoming events

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27 Feb

Research Culture Seminar: Olu Jenzen - Unicorns and Rainbows

12.21/25 Social Sciences Building | 12:00 - 13:30

08 Mar

CRT Reading Group: Questions of Presence - Gail Lewis

12.21/25 Social Sciences Building | 13:30 - 15:00