Welcome to Researching Sociology
Researching Sociology is a blog based in the Department of Sociology at LSE.
It was first established by a group of PhD students in 2013, used as a forum to share research and ideas. Since then, it has evolved into a hub for academics and students alike; a space to discuss sociology of all varieties, sociological understandings and reflections on current affairs, and experiences of studying or teaching sociology.
Each blog post gives the views of the individual author(s), not the position of the Department of Sociology, nor the LSE as a whole. All posts published on Researching Sociology remain the intellectual property and copyright of the author(s). Unless otherwise indicated, blog posts must not be republished on other sites without permission from the author of the post. For republishing requests, please contact the Managing Editor who will contact the author.
Researching Sociology aims to showcase the LSE Department of Sociology’s Research Clusters, reflecting areas where the Department has key concentrations of research and graduate teaching, and a distinctive LSE presence and identity. These clusters are: Economic Sociology; Politics and Human Rights; Social Inequalities; and Urban Sociology. Blog posts that reflect these clusters can be found on the Research Clusters pages.
The LSE Department of Sociology has around 370 students: 120 undergraduate students; 200 taught postgraduates following our MSc programmes; and some 50 research postgraduates. The Department aims to provide a teaching and learning environment in which students are encouraged to think critically and independently. Blog posts written by our students, including posts based on their experience at the LSE, can be found on the Student Voices page.
British Journal of Sociology
The LSE Department of Sociology is home to the British Journal of Sociology (BJS). For more than 50 years, the BJS has represented the mainstream of sociological thinking and research. Consistently ranked highly by the ISI in Sociology, this prestigious, international journal publishes sociological scholarship of the highest quality on all aspect of the discipline, by academics from all over the world. Blog posts written by journal contributors can be found on the British Journal of Sociology page.
Researching Sociology Team
Interim Managing Editor: Anna Johnston
Researching Sociology Advisory Board
Nigel Dodd is Professor of Sociology and Head of Department in the Department of Sociology at LSE. Nigel’s main interests are in the sociology of money, economic sociology and classical and contemporary social thought. He is the author of The Sociology of Money, Social Theory and Modernity and The Social Life of Money.
Mike Savage is the Martin White Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at LSE and co-Director of the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute. Mike’s work at LSE builds on his longstanding interests in analysing social stratification, social class, inequality and the super-rich. He is the author of Class Analysis and Social Transformation and Social Class in the 21st Century.
Carrie Friese is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at LSE. Carrie’s main interests are in medical sociology and science and technology studies, with a focus on reproduction across humans and animals. She is the author of Cloning Wild Life: Zoos, Captivity and the Future of Endangered Animals.
David Madden is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at LSE. David’s main interests are in urban studies, political sociology and social theory. He is the co-author of In Defense of Housing: The politics of crisis.
Rebecca Elliott is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at LSE. Rebecca’s main interests are in economic sociology, political sociology, environmental sociology, and knowledge production and science studies. She is currently writing a book, based on her PhD; a multi-method study of the economic and political governance of climate change, with particular focus on floods in the US.
Michael McQuarrie is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at LSE. Michael’s main interests are in urban politics and culture, nonprofit organizations, and social movements. He is currently writing a book, entitled The Community Builders, which summarizes his research on the trajectory of community-based organizations in urban authority and governance over the last forty years.