About us

We offer a lively and collaborative research environment and a strong international research profile. The department, founded in 1954, is especially competitive in the areas of cultural sociology, demography, ethnicity and migration, gender, family sociology, political sociology, social policy regimes, social networks, and social stratification.

Faculty members are highly active in the international research community, by leading and coordinating large-scale national and international research programs, and participating in networks and conferences. We maintain a strong publication record in international peer-review journals with high impact. Several of our researchers are serving on editorial boards of journals.

The master's and PhD programmes offered at the department are taught in English and attract applicants from all over the world. At present we have master and doctoral students but also researchers from at least 15 different countries.

We conduct research in both sociology and demography of high international standard, and are consistently ranked among the top 50 Sociology departments in the world in QS World University Rankings. The Department is home to the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA), an international group of scholars and doctoral students, working on many facets of population dynamics.

 

Annual Reports

Here you can download Annual Reports from the Department of Sociology from 2017 and onwards:

Annual Report Department of Sociology 2020 (456 Kb)

Annual Report Department of Sociology 2019 (377 Kb)

Annual Report Department of Sociology 2018 (414 Kb)  

Annual Report Department of Sociology 2017 (817 Kb)

 

Open seminars

The Department of Sociology gives four different open seminar series, please see list below. 

“Open seminar” indicates that it is open for the general public as well as for interested scholars. The seminars are led by specialists within the specific area. Subjects of current interest are treated and the participants are invited to join the discussions and pose questions.

Upcoming open seminars are announced in our calendar

Past events are listed here

Due to Covid-19, our Sociology Seminars are given online over Zoom. Seminars with external speakers (and some of the seminars with internal speakers) are open to the public.

Please contact the organizers Vanessa Barker or Martin Hällsten if you have any questions.

Previous Sociology seminars will be listed here soon. 

Upcoming colloquia are announced in our calendar 

Our colloquia are open for the general public and interested scholars

Upcoming Stockholm Sessions on Migration are announced here.

The Stockholm Session on Migration is a friendly monthly seminar for all those interested in various aspects of international migration. We meet (possibly) every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Each session takes about one hour, the author(s) has 15 to 20 minutes to present his/her work and the rest will be devoted to discussion. 

All welcome!

Upcoming seminars are announced in our calendar

Past events are listed here

The Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) aims to recognize the structures and practices of racism within our field and confront it through the platforming of anti-racist efforts in Sociology and beyond. We invite academics to discuss their recent research with a discussant and join in cordial conversation with our network.

Everyone is welcome. Students are particularly encouraged to attend and participate. For the foreseeable future, all seminars will take place over Zoom. To join our group email list and receive Zoom links please contact one of the organizers Ryan Switzer, ryan.switzer(a)sociology.su.se, or Vanessa Barker, vanessa.barker(a)sociology.su.se.

 

Academic Working Groups

We currently have four active academic working groups, listed below. 

More information here and above, under "Anti-Racism Working Group Seminar Series". 

Upcoming seminars are announced in our calendar 

Past events are listed here.

Cultural Sociology at Stockholm University generally meets over lunch on the third Friday of the month. The group is open to those who are pursuing or interested in pursuing meaning-centered inquiry in any subject area and using any research method.

The group helps members stay abreast of developments in cultural sociology, improve their own cultural sociological work, and develop networks and collaborations with other cultural sociologists and cultural sociology groups and centers in Sweden and abroad.

Due to COVID-19, the group will meet both online over zoom and in person (room B900) while social distancing guidelines are in place.

Anyone is welcome, but if it is your first visit to Cultural Sociology at Stockholm University, or to join the group email list, please contact the organizers, Anna Lund, anna.lund(a)sociology.su.se, and Andrea Voyer, andrea.voyer(a)sociology.su.se.

Upcoming seminars are announced in our calendar 

Past events are listed here.

Stockholm University Computational Sociology (SUCS) is a meeting place for researchers using computational approaches to study social phenomena. Computational sociologists apply computational methods to quantitative and qualitative data in order to address sociological topics and theories. SUCS meeting format varies but includes discussions of papers and works-in-progress, specific methodological challenges of interest to group members, and current developments and debates in computational sociology.

Due to COVID-19, the group will meet both online over zoom and in person (room B900) while social distancing guidelines are in place.

SUCS is open to people who use or have an interest in computational approaches. The group generally meets over lunch on the second Friday of the month. To join the group email list, please contact the organizers, Andrea Voyer, andrea.voyer(a)sociology.su.se, and Hernan Mondani, hernan.mondani(a)sociology.su.se.

Upcoming seminars are announced in our calendar 

Past events are listed here.

The Qualitative Methods Working Group (QMWG) generally meets over lunch (from 12-1) on the first Friday of the month. The group provides an opportunity for those who use qualitative research methods to discuss various qualitative approaches and how to implement them. The meeting format varies – including workshopping qualitative papers, discussing methodological challenges group members are dealing with, and reading about and discussing current developments and debates in qualitative research. The group is open to people who are using qualitative work in and outside of the Sociology Department.

Due to COVID-19, the group will meet both online over zoom and in person (room B900) while social distancing guidelines are in place.

Anyone is welcome, but if it is your first visit to QMWG at Stockholm University, or to join the group email list, please contact the organizers, Anna Lund, anna.lund(a)sociology.su.se, and Andrea Voyer, andrea.voyer(a)sociology.su.se.

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