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Sociology Study Groups

The BSA currently operates a network of more than 40 varied study groups, each focusing on a specific area of interest within sociology.


Click on any of the study groups listed below for more information. Any BSA member who would like to initiate or start a new study group should first consider the areas of interest already covered by existing study groups, as many topics could be incorporated by these groups.

Study GroupConvenor(s)
Ageing, Body & SocietyWendy Martin
Julia Twigg
AlcoholLaura Doherty
Karl Spracklen
Thomas Thurnell-Read
Animal/HumanRhoda Wilkie
Auto/BiographyGill Clarke
Jenny Byrne
Michael Erben (T)
BourdieuJessie Abrahams
Ciaran Burke
Nicola Ingram
Jenny Thatcher
ChildhoodDavid Oswell
CITIESRobin Smith
Climate ChangeElizabeth Shove
Tom Hargreaves (T)
Catherine Butler
Maya Gislason
Jessica Paddock
Thomas Roberts
Diaspora, Migration, TransnationalismIpek Demir
Lucy Mayblin
Digital SociologyHuw Davies
Emma Head
DisabilitySara Ryan
Alison Wilde
Sarah Woodin
EducationNicola Ingram
Carol Taylor
Mike Ward
Families & RelationshipsKathryn Almack
Jo Woodiwiss
Food/SCOFF (Scottish Colloquium on Food and Feeding)Hannah Lambie-Mumford
Rebecca O'Connell
Andrea Tonner
GenderSally Hines
Zowie Davy
HappinessMark Cieslik
Laura Hyman
Alexandra Jugureanu
Historical & Comparative SociologyMartin Booker
Eric Royal Lybeck
Human ReproductionKylie Baldwin
Laura Machin
Samantha Murphy
Leisure & RecreationEmma Casey
Alan Tomlinson
MediaJulian Matthews
Medical SociologyHelen Eborall
Jude Robinson
Museums & SocietyGaynor Bagnall (T)
Race & EthnicityKehinde Andrews
Aaron Winter
RealismTom Brock
Michelle Farr
ReligionRebecca Catto
Abby Day
Risk & SocietyJacqueline Davies
Christine McCourt
Mandie Scamell
Science & Technology StudiesAnne Kerr
Paul Martin
ScottishLiz Dinnie
Dominic Duckett
Sexual DivisionsMehreen Mirza
Social and Public PolicyJeff Goatcher
Deborah Lee
Social Aspects of Death, Dying and BereavementErica Borgstrom
Julie Ellis
Kate Woodthorpe
Social Network Analysis Group (SNAG)Alessio D'Angelo
Paola Tubaro
Sociology of RightsMichele Lamb
Damien Short
Hannah Miller
Alice Nah
Michele Grigolo
Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the PsychosocialPeter Redman
Julie Walsh
SportJohn Horne
TheoryMonika Krause
Stephen Kemp
Violence Against WomenJune Keeling
Louise Livesey
Olivia Smith
Visual SociologyJanet Fink
Helen Lomax
WeberIsabelle Darmon
Carlos Frade
Work, Employment & Economic LifeMaria Adamson
Ben Fincham
Lynne Pettinger
YouthMark McCormack
Steve Roberts
Helene Snee


Special Interest Groups

Study GroupConvenor(s)
Activism in Sociology ForumLisa McKenzie
Spyros Themelis
Rosa Vasilaki
Tom Vickers
Sociologists Outside Academia (SOA)Anika Baddeley
Nick Fox
Teaching GroupNatalie Davison
Dave Morton
Patrick Robinson



Medical, Regional & Sub-groups

Study GroupConvenor(s)
Applied Qualitative Health ResearchCatherine Exley
Tim Rapley
East MidlandsNicky Hudson
LondonRichard Compton
Jacqueline Davies
North EastJanet Shucksmith
North WestVictoria Foster
Sociology of Mental HealthLydia Lewis
Angela Cotton
Dina Poursanidou
South CoastFlis Henwood
Catherine Pope
Catherine Will
South WestAnthony Gilbert
Gayle Letherby
WalesRebecca Dimond
West MidlandsGeraldine Brady
Pamela Lowe
YorkshireBarry Gibson




(T) denotes group Treasurer.


Want to set-up and run a new Study Group?  Then read Study Group Terms of Reference.


Questions can be directed to the BSA.

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