Sociology in Action links research, students and the community together. This ethos puts the community at the heart of our work.
We investigate causes and effects of inequality, how to improve services and policy, and how people experience changes in our communities and culture. Our researchers work with policymakers and practitioners in health and social care, security, and welfare to understand the key influences on their work and their effects on organisations, communities and service users.
Our students are engaged with our research from their first year. They consider contemporary social issues affecting people in Leeds; learning about research methods, data handling and how to make findings count.
Through Sociology in Action, we created ‘Beyond the University’, a module that sees second year students creating working partnerships with, and undertaking research for, local organisations.
The module helps you to come out of your comfort zone and do things that you once might have feared. It wasn’t about sitting in a classroom - you learn you have to develop your organisational skills. This module has been invaluable for my future as I now know I would really like to work in the third sector.
In September 2017, the first Urban Impact Programme & Sociology in Action event took place in the city of Leeds in collaboration with Leeds City Council. It was an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact our students have had working with local organisations.
Our aim is to build an active and mutually beneficial community of local organisations, students and academics who will work together to encourage positive social change. Drawing on the combined expertise, enthusiasm and knowledge of all its partners, Sociology in Action continues to develop and deliver projects that make a positive contribution to all our lives.