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PhD opportunities in Sociology and Communication Studies at Brunel University London

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description

Qualification type: MPhil / PhD
Location: Uxbridge, London
Mode of study: Full-time and Part-time

Welcoming environment for research students

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. 
PhD students come to Brunel from diverse cultural backgrounds and belong to a genuinely international anthropology department. (The Times Higher Educational Supplement recently described Brunel as “the most international university”.) Our supervisors have expertise in a wide range of topics and countries and our students have carried out research in five continents.

Research strengths

 The Sociology & Communications group is a dynamic, international and globally respected community of researchers. Members are at the forefront of study into subjects as diverse as: globalisation and social transformation, political communication, communication and social change; gender and sexuality, the body, human-animal studies, the senses and embodiment, race and ethnicity, the environment, urban space and cities, digital cultures, public communication, young people, rights and the global south; popular culture, comedy/humour studies, experimental multi-media, and sports studies.

  • Join an expert interdisciplinary community that publishes innovative and world-leading research addressing contemporary concerns and emerging social and cultural challenges.
  • Be part of a thriving research culture where researchers have received regularly grants from the AHRC, ESRC and British Academy.
  • Benefit from our excellent multi-Supervisory teams to support your postgraduate study.
  • Enjoy being part of a collegial and active research environment

Research areas

While we welcome a wide range of topics in the areas of Sociology & Communications, here is an example list of potential research topics that we would like to supervise:

  • Digital antagonism, exclusions and discrimination
  • Environmental Communication
  • Popular communications and Social change
  • Public sphere, deliberative democracy and free speech
  • Public space and protest movements
  • Surveillance and algorithmic profiling
  • Creative industries, inequality and diversity
  • Comedy, Identity and Society
  • Intersectional Veganisms
  • Transgenderism and ‘Transracialism'
  • Reality Television and Ethnic Minority Girls
  • Cities, urban change and place
  • Sensory Sociology
  • Culture, Space, Time and Cities
  • Political economy of communication/media
  • The digital revolution and social change
  • The rise of the far-right and neo-fascism
  • Radical social movements, the precariat and digital labour
  • Democratisation and the clash of civilisations
  • World-systems analysis
  • Anarchist social thought
  • Emergent Digital Media Technologies
  • Film & Media History
  • Globalisation and youth activism
  • Children and international development
  • Globalisation of education
  • Science and society
  • Urban Space and Experience

How to apply

Further information about the PhD and the application process can be found here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/postgraduate//PhD-Sociology-and-Communication;

 

Funding Notes

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Find out more here: View Website

How good is research at Brunel University London in Sociology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 12.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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