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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.

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. 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; cultural sociology; European data analysis; food policy; media and communications; migration and ethnicities; 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.

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 Jonathan Ellis, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Christine Fanthome, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Howard Feather, Visiting Lecturer
  • 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 Matina Zestanaki, Visiting Lecturer
  • Dr Martha Van Der Bly, Honorary Visiting Fellow

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

  • Undergraduate enquiries t: +44 (020) 7040 8521
    Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB
  • Postgraduate enquiries/MA Media & Communications t: +44 (0)20 7040 0254
    Northampton Square, Room A129 London EC1V 0HB
  • MSc Food Policy t: +44 (0)20 7040 8908
    Northampton Square, Room A129 London EC1V 0HB
  • Research enquiries t: +44 (0)20 7040 4566
    Northampton Square, Room A129 London EC1V 0HB