Politics and Society

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Welcome to the Department of Politics and Society

We offer highly rewarding, interdisciplinary courses in Politics, Sociology and Animal Welfare, which examine pressing issues of contemporary concern as well as exploring historical, philosophical and theoretical dimensions of each subject area.

Our staff are internationally renowned in their fields and their wealth of experience in teaching, research and practice helps you address many questions that are crucial to understanding the rapidly changing world in the 21st century. Together we explore questions of globalisation, risk and uncertainty; issues of security and the resilience of states; of gender, diversity and social inequality; problems of migration, ethnicity and human rights, and dilemmas of global development and sustainability.

Our research on key issues faced by practitioners, policymakers and academics in the modern world is published widely and seeks to influence current thinking.

Research strengths in Politics include political economy, international relations, English identity and politics, war and conflict, terrorism and security, contemporary US politics and US foreign policy, China, NATO, the EU, Brexit, and the relationship between politics and gender.

Our sociologists have research interests in social welfare from a socio-legal perspective, and in the sociologies of gender, migration and diasporas in Russia and Southern Caucasus.

Research interests in Animal Welfare are wide-ranging and include vegetarian companion animal diets, the impacts of animal agriculture on climate change and of industrial farming on wildlife.

Our centres offer programmes in Politics and Animal Welfare and encourage debate about important societal issues through talks, workshops and symposia.

The Centre for English Identity and Politics has been established to explore the relationship between a growing sense of English identity and the development of local and national politics in England. Led by former MP John Denham, the centre is developing a cross-disciplinary programme of lectures, seminars, conferences and cultural events. These will increase our understanding of the forces driving English identity and develop ideas for how it can be inclusive and forward-looking.

The Centre for Animal Welfare is an interdisciplinary centre that undertakes research, teaching and public engagement in the field of animal welfare. We offer expert consultancy services, popular presentations and media commentary on a wide range of animal welfare issues.

Meet the Politics and Society team

Head of Department

Dr Gary Jones, Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Politics

Centre for English Identity and Politics

Sociology

Visiting Research Fellows

Research in Politics and Society

Research strengths and centres

Research in Animal Welfare

Research interests in CAW are wide-ranging and include vegetarian companion animal diets, the impacts of animal agriculture on climate change and of industrial farming on wildlife, human-animal-environment relationships, the welfare of farmed animals, veterinary medical ethics and anthropomorphism of animals in the media. To find out more, visit the Centre for Animal Welfare website.

Research in Politics

Research strengths in Politics include political economy, international relations, English identity and politics, war and conflict, terrorism and security, contemporary US politics and US foreign policy, China, NATO, the EU, Brexit, and the relationship between politics and gender.

To find out more about individual research strengths and projects, visit our Politics team's profile pages via the links above. To find out more about English identity and politics research and public engagement, visit the Centre for English Identity and Politics website.

Research in Sociology

Our Sociologists have research interests in social welfare from a socio-legal perspective; gender, feminism and social activism; migration and diasporas; and social sustainability. To find out more about individual research strengths and projects, visit our Sociology team's profile pages via the links above.

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Find out everything you need to know about studying for a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

REF 2014 saw the first Sociology submission from the University of Winchester. The submission comprised a team with a diversity of interests but all characterised by a sociological perspective on the problems and issues they address through their research.

Almost all Sociology research outputs at Winchester are of international quality; 63% of these outputs are recognised internationally, whilst 29.6% are rated internationally excellent. The majority of the Sociology overall research profile at Winchester is of international quality; 49% of the overall profile is recognised internationally, whilst 19% is recognised as internationally excellent.

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