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Department of Sociology

REF 2014 results

Department of Sociology celebrates outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

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The department is a dynamic and thriving centre for sociological research and education. It combines theoretical creativity, substantive empirical research and a tradition of engagement with public policy around important social issues.

In 2015 we welcomed the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries to the Department, bringing our academic staff total to 30+. Already one of the oldest and most well-established Sociology Departments in London, we are now also one of the biggest.

Our students receive a top-class education that is consistently informed by cutting-edge research and delivered by internationally recognised leaders in their fields. Through our range of courses, students develop the knowledge and research skills to engage with the key challenges and debates that are shaping policy formation, professional practice and social life in a rapidly changing world.

The department's undergraduate courses had an overall student satisfaction rate of 89% in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).

Our central London location gives students direct access to the learning and cultural resources of a global city. The department's academics have particular expertise in: criminology and criminal justice; culture and the creative industries; comparative survey methods and data analysis; food policy; media and communications; and work, class and gender. At the end of their studies, our students graduate with a highly marketable degree from a university with an outstanding track record for student employability.

About the department

Watch this video to learn more about the Department of Sociology's history, our courses and our Research focus.


The department offers a range of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degree level.

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School of Arts & Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarships 2015/16

There are a large number of scholarship opportunities available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2015. These will be made available as fee waivers worth up to £2,000 and apply to a range of courses.Find out more about the School's Scholarships


REF 2014 results, City University London is ranked as the 2nd strongest Sociology Department in London for research
The Department of Sociology has been celebrating an outstanding performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. City is ranked as the 2nd strongest Sociology Department in London for research and our national research ranking rose seven places to joint-16th in the UK. 74% of City Sociology research was graded as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), a huge increase from 45% in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). This increase in the percentage of 4* and 3* research ranks the department as 12th in the UK for Research Power (Guardian analysis).

Sociology at City has an internationally recognised tradition of theoretically informed, empirical research that engages critically with defining societal transformations and policy challenges. In recent years, we have consolidated and developed our research profile around four cross-cutting themes: European Social Research and Analysis; Media, Communication and Society; Policy and Governance; and Structures of Inequality.

Staff from the Department of Sociology talk about their research

Portrait of Chris Rojek

Professor Chris Rojek

Academic Staff

Here is a list of the academic staff who work in the Department of Sociology. You can find out more about each member of staff, including their latest publications and their contact details by following the links below.

Head of Department


Course Directors

Readers, Lecturers and research staff

Honorary and visiting staff

  • Professor John Coveney, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Delaram Ghanimifard, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Corinna Hawkes, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Michael Heasman, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Chris Holly, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Terese Jonsson, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Patty Kostkova, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Kerry Lee, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Geof Rayner, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Kate Stewart, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Oddveig Storstad, Visiting Scholar
  • Dr Alex Williams, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Matina Zestanaki, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Martha Van Der Bly, Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Dr Sandya Bhattacharya
  • Sue Brown, Visiting Lecturer
  • Athina Caraba,Visiting Lecturer
  • Piero Corcillo, Visiting Lecturer
  • Jon Eilenberg, Visiting Lecturer
  • Ioanna Gouseti, Visiting Lecturer
  • Ceyhun Gungor, Visiting Lecturer
  • Deborah Humphry, Visiting Lecturer
  • Patrick Igulot, Visiting Lecturer
  • Eric Lybeck, Visiting Lecturer
  • Carina Mansey, Visiting Lecturer
  • Naomi Oosterman, Visiting Lecturer
  • Daphne Page, Visiting Lecturer
  • Kelly Parsons, Visiting Lecturer
  • Holly Powell-Jones, Visiting Lecturer
  • Laura Thompson, Visiting Lecturer
  • Paul Watt, Visiting Lecturer
  • Alex Williams, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Annette-Carina van der Zaag, Visiting Lecturer
  • Stamatia Zestanaki, Visiting Lecturer

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Professor Chris Greer

City Q-Step Centre

Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, 15 universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study.

Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.

City Q-Step Centre will be working with the following undergraduate courses in the departments of Sociology and International Politics: Criminology, Sociology, Criminology and Sociology, Media and Sociology, Sociology with Psychology and (from 2015/16) International Politics, International Political Economy and International Politics and Sociology.

Find out more about City Q-Step Centre

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Dr Rachel Cohen