Chair in Sociology (copy)

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
01 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time


Chair in Sociology – reference 58768
Full time/Permanent

It is an exciting time to join the School of Social Policy, following the recent relocation of the Sociology subject group into the School and creation of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology.  During this time the Department has experienced a rapid growth in academic staff, doubling in size and recently recruiting three Birmingham Fellows.  This growth has created dynamic new research collaborations and opportunities. It has also enhanced our Sociology degree curriculum, leading to the creation of an exciting Joint Honours Sociology and Criminology degree. 

Over the next 5 years, our strategic priorities seek to further enhance the international reputation of our sociological research and teaching programmes. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Sociologist who can make a significant contribution and offer leadership in relation to the following objectives:

  • To build our research excellence and profile in one or more of the Departmental thematic areas: Social Theory and Social Transformation; Crime and Social Harm; Poverty, Wealth and Inequality; Ethnicity and Religion; Migration and Asylum; Civil Society and Volunteering;
  • To attract external research funding that enhances our ability to produce high quality sociological research and to sustain a vibrant research environment;
  • To develop a postgraduate taught provision for Sociology;

The post holder will be expected to make a broader contribution to the academic life of the School and its stated mission ‘to understand the world – but also to change it’.  This means not just carrying out high quality research, but also using this new knowledge to make a practical difference in people’s lives.  This might be through our teaching, policy advice, work with the media, or empowering local communities and grassroots organisations.  Our four cross-School research centres make a key contribution to the life of the School, and are all multi-disciplinary, outward-focused and well networked with policy and practice.  These include the Centre on Housing Assets and Savings Management (CHASM), the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) and the Institute for Mental Health. Alongside these Centres, the School is home to the Housing and Communities and Contemporary Philosophy of Technology research groups.  

You will

  • Hold a higher Degree (usually PhD) in a related field
  • Have an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching demonstrated through an outstanding publications record
  • Have research interests which complement or strengthen the existing research interests of colleagues within the department.
  • Demonstrate an established record of attracting external funding
  • Possess experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

In return you will receive a competitive package and be a key part of an expanding and ambitious University.

Informal Enquiries – Dr Simon Pemberton, Head of Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology.  Tel:  0121 415 8025, email

Closing date: 6th April, 2018

To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit:  Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000. 

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