Skip to main content

Sociology News

QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

We are ranked 101-150 globally and joint 18th in the UK in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

International Women's Day

8 March marks International Women's Day - a day to celebrate the achievements of women. In our Sociology department, led by Professor Catherine Donovan, we have much to celebrate!
Students working on laptop in Bill Bryson Library café

Podcast explores masculinity in the modern world

Researchers from our highly-rated Sociology Department launched a monthly podcast ‘Now and Men’ to discuss issues around masculinity, gender equality and the lives of men and boys in the 21st century.
Now and Men podcast banner with picture of host Stephen Burell

Criminal Justice responses to reports of sexual violence from women with learning disabilities and/or autism

Dr Alison Jobe from our Department of Sociology and Dr Helen Williams of Sunderland University share insights from their upcoming research on women with learning disabilities/autism reporting sexual violence.
Sexual violence

Open Clasp releases Us Too: Alisha’s Story on the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Co-created with women with learning disabilities who have experience of reporting sexual assault and domestic violence to the police, Open Clasp Theatre Company will release Us Too: Alisha’s Story online on Saturday 3 December, the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Open Clasp advert

How might supporting the Lionesses bring about change among men?

The success of the England women’s football team in the European Championships has highlighted the positive fan culture that exists in the women’s game. Dr Stephen Burrell from our Department of Sociology explores how this could bring about change among men.
Women enjoying an England football match.

Working towards ending violence and abuse in society

The driving force behind our Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse is to work towards ending violence and abuse across society.
Photo collage of headshots of six researchers

Would you wear a living shoe?

How might we live with animate materials in the future? How might it make us feel living in a home where materials can adapt to changing conditions, perhaps even our moods? Do you want to live in an environment in which you might have to care for your roof in in a similar way to your pets?
Living shoe

First generation experiences at Durham University

Undergraduate and graduate first-gen students from Durham University, California State University and Los Angeles have together produced creative pieces about first-gen college identities.
Globe with hand

Professor co-author of new book into safeguarding of young people

Professor Carlene Firmin MBE from our Department of Sociology has collaborated with Professor Michelle Lefevre, lead author, from the University of Sussex to produce a new research book.
Professor Carlene Firmin speaking at an event

New toolkit aimed at improving child protection is launched

A team led by Professor Carlene Firmin from our Department of Sociology, has created a new toolkit aimed at improving child protection.
A group of children walking away from the camera

Mitigating the impact of air pollution on dementia and brain health: Setting the policy agenda

Professor Brian Castellani from our Department of Sociology is the Director of InSPIRE, a research consortium focused on the links between air pollution and brain health. Here, together with InSPIRE colleagues Dr Suzanne Bartington (Birmingham University) and Professor Stefan Reis (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), Brian discusses why air quality strategies should include benefits on brain health.
Image showing people crossing a busy city street