Sociology at the OU has an international reputation for the high quality of its research. We place particular emphasis on analysing the relationships between culture and the social, focussing broadly on the following themes. Please visit the individual staff profiles for further information on research interests.
Working on this area are Prof Marie Gillespie.
Working on this area is Prof Sophie Watson.
The Department plays host to the £3.7 million ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), a joint partnership with the University of Manchester and the first major Research Centre in Britain to develop a broad, empirically focused account of cultural change and its economic, social and political implications. Sociology staff also contributes to the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), a University designated Centre of Research Excellence.
Postgraduates are considered vital in maintaining and expanding this research profile. We therefore welcome high quality applications from enthusiastic and talented students.
Kusminder Chahal: The impacts of and responses to racist victimisation
Pete Clarke: 'There's more than one way to put out a fire.' A Foucauldian Genealogical Analysis of the Changing Discourse of the British Fire-fighter and those deemed at Risk from fire
Charles Collins: Pirate Radio in the Sixties: A consideration of the impact of the offshore stations on the broadcasting industry.
Felicity Greenfields: An investigation into how members of Scotland's Chinese Christian Community use Church Activities to maintain their Cultural Identity
Lisa Kane: Road engineering practices in the early planning of the Foreshore Freeway, Cape Town: Metaphor, imagination, desire and numbers in engineering practice
Nobumi Kobayashi: The Social Significance of Brands
Martin Myers: Gypsies and their neighbours
David Norcross: Sacred symbolism and royal hegemony in Thailand: inequality, rebellion and the common sense of divine kingship
Andras Novoszath: What you see is what you get. Devices of calculation and measurement of economic value
Sara Shepherd: 'Like Punk never happened?' The politics of pop in the post-punk moment
Jane Wilson: State intervention in the cultural sector
David Merryweather: Youth, Risk and Identity
Camilla Kennedy Harper: The Tate Gallery, its membership and the formation of artistic allegiances