Qualification type: MPhil / PhD
Location: Uxbridge, London
Mode of study: Full-time and Part-time
Welcoming environment for research students
Doctoral research programmes (PhDs) take a proud place in the world-class research environment and community at Brunel. PhD students are recognised and valued by their supervisors as an essential part of their departments and a key component of the university's overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.
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
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
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Research degrees at Brunel
How to apply
Information about the application process can be found here