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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.

Research Clusters

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.

Student Voices

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

Managing Editor: Dr Laura Kemp

Content Editor: Ella Lamprell


Researching Sociology Advisory Board

Professor Nigel Dodd

Nigel Dodd is Professor 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 MoneySocial Theory and Modernity and The Social Life of Money.

Professor Mike Savage

Mike Savage is the Martin White Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at LSE. 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.

Dr Carrie Friese

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.

Dr David Madden

David Madden is Associate 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.

Dr Rebecca Elliott

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.

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