The Department of Sociology maintains as a long-term strategy the combination of rigorous research methods and analytical theory. Permeability with other disciplines is also an advantage of the environment which the Department wants to emphasize. Oxford sociologists pioneered both the collection and analysis of survey data in Britain and analytical sociological theory. Theory-based survey research, also extended to a comparative setting, is a central approach for the Department, but theory-based ethnographic and archival/historical research have also a central role. We have several notable Research Centres.


Research in the Department is supported in various ways, including grants and funding from various bodies and companies.

Latest Funding Awards

When the new round of research funding begins, we will announce full details of organisations supporting the department's research into Sociology.