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UOA 41 - Sociology

RA5a: Research environment and esteem

RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

 

The Department of Sociology at City University is part of the School of Social Sciences (other subjects include Economics and Psychology). It has grown from 11.7 to 27.2 category A FTEs (29 individuals currently in post) since 2001. We are submitting 100% of academic staff, including all early career researchers, indicating a strong research culture. Our recent growth includes the attachment of two research centres, both of which are in academic fields that complement the Department’s existing research priorities: the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys (CCSS) and the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR). Collectively, current staff have published four hundred and seventy five books, edited books, refereed journal articles, chapters in books and reports to outside agencies over the RAE period. There is extensive evidence of national and international recognition (such as the Descartes prize awarded to Jowell/CCSS), and members of the Department have delivered over a hundred and fifty invited keynote and plenary presentations at universities in Britain and overseas, as well as presenting nearly three hundred other conference papers. Our annual research income has increased more than sevenfold since the last RAE. Despite our initial small size at the beginning of the review period, we have played an active role in the development of young scholars, and twelve of our category A staff are under 40 years of age. The number of research students in the Department has more than doubled since 2001.

 

Our research spans theoretical issues as well as theoretically informed, rigorous empirical research. Since 2001, over 60% of staff currently in post have worked on projects funded by external peer-reviewed grants. Our research is international and outward-looking, and 26 of the 29 academic members of staff have published on international topics and/or worked with cross-national data, or conducted fieldwork overseas. This internationalism is reflected in the research groupings (with overlapping membership) around which our work is organized: (1) Media, communications and culture, (2) Globalisation and social relations, (3) Gender, employment and class, (4) Race, ethnicity and migration, (5) Social research methodology, and (6) Criminology and Criminal Justice. Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 were identified in 2001, 5 and 6 represent (partially) new developments.

 

Research groups

 

Since 2001 the Department has consolidated and developed its research culture with the objective of playing a part in the development of the national and international research agenda of the discipline. As noted, our groupings remain close to those identified in RAE 2001, but have grown to encompass new and emerging areas of research. Besides adding the Criminology and Criminal Justice group (see below), our expansion also includes the nucleus of a new International Politics grouping, whose interests are closely linked to the Globalisation and Race, ethnicity and migration  research groups.

 


Research Group 1: Media, communications and culture (Chalaby, Greer, Iosifidis, Robins, Roman-Velazquez, Tumber, Webster, Tunstall (Category C))

 

This area of research has been a core element of the Department's research culture since the early years of the department and Jeremy Tunstall’s pioneering work in the field. The work of this group has been strengthened by the appointment of Robins and Webster since 2001. Mediacentrism is resisted, and the importance of a sociological approach to communications issues is emphasised. Tumber is founding editor of the innovative and successful journal Journalism, and Webster and Tumber have collaborated on ESRC-sponsored research, culminating in Journalists under Fire, a study of war reporting in conditions of information war. Chalaby is internationally known for his work on French media, hosting an international seminar at the University of Geneva in 2005. Iosifidis is an expert on digital switchover and organized a high profile conference on the topic at City in 2006. Current research includes ESRC-funded studies of internet activism and the anti-war and peace movements (Webster), and the reporting of the war crimes trials in The Hague (Tumber). Robins is internationally known for his work on transcultural relations, in particular through research sponsored by the European Cultural Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust. More recent work within this group has taken members into the study of Human Rights, Democratisation and Globalisation, where they find support from other colleagues in the Department (Woodiwiss, Willetts). The group’s research has also led to the development of more focused activities including the International Communications and Society (ICS) group, which organises seminars and workshops and collaborates on research applications, and the Communications and the City group (Roman-Velazquez) that organizes workshops and seminar series. The Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research has been based at City since 2006 and has enhanced the groups’ international links. The Stanhope has close connections with the Annenberg Centre (Pennsylvania) and the Central European University (Budapest) as well as institutes in Africa, Russia and China.

 

Research Group 2: Globalisation and social relations (Bloch, Coyle, Davies, McDowell, Nesvetailova, Ramji, Robins, Roman-Velazquez, Schuster, Silvestri, Solomos, Vogler Webster, Willetts, Williams, Woodiwiss, Rattansi (Category C), Cockburn (Category C))

 

This research group, also identified in 2001, has played a key role in the expansion of the Department. At the broadest level all of the group’s members are concerned with the effects of changing global conditions on the movement of people and resources and its social and cultural causes and consequences. Within this broad framework, Robins, Ramji, Roman-Velazquez and Solomos have a particular interest in established transnational communities. Ramji’s work on the Asian diaspora has been the subject of a discussion on Radio 4 Thinking Allowed. McDowell, Bloch, and Schuster are especially interested in forced migrations of one kind or another, in both Europe and Africa. Silvestri is an emerging expert on the interconnections between religious radicalism and the rise of extremist right-wing parties, and is involved with policy-making as an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. The group is in the vanguard of the creation of the new sub-discipline of the sociology of human rights: Woodiwiss on theory and comparative studies; Willetts on NGOs in the global system; McLaughlin on policing, and Bloch, Schuster and McDowell on migration, refugees and asylum policies. Nesvetailova is a specialist in Global Political Economy, and Davies on Transnational Activism. Finally, a specific focus on labour issues characterizes much of this work, giving it considerable policy relevance (Woodiwiss on labour rights; Bloch, Schuster and McDowell on the causes and consequences of forced migration; Vogler on the national and international identities of British Trade Unions).

 

Research Group 3: Gender, employment and class (Crompton, Coyle, Myers, Ramji, Vogler, Cockburn (category C))

 

The work of this research group has a cross-national and international research orientation. Crompton and Vogler have collaborated in an ESRC-funded cross-national project drawing on the International Social Survey (ISSP) Family 2002 module, and Vogler’s work on money and the household sets the international standard (see, for example, output 4). Crompton has long been known for her work on class and stratification, and her recent work has increasingly focused on the class/gender, employment/family interface. Together with Clare Lyonette (Research Officer) she has also contributed to recent feminist debates, and their recent (2005) article (‘The new gender essentialism’) is still in the top twenty most read articles in the British Journal of Sociology. They are currently working on a project examining class, gender, employment and family within the ESRC GeNet Research Network (www.genet.ac.uk). Crompton and Ramji share a common interest in the impact of qualifications on women’s career development, and Ramji’s work on the class and race nexus complements Crompton’s work on class and gender. Coyle currently organizes (with the University of Leeds and the TUC) an ESRC research network on globalization, international trade and the defence of women worker’s rights and livelihoods. She has also led an EU project that set up the National Monitoring System of Equal Treatment of Women and Men in Poland. Cockburn’s major interest is in the role of gender in national conflicts, and Myers has particular expertise on young women and crime. Within the group, the Centre for Gender Research has been instituted as a means of developing research seminars and collaboration on research applications, and a major international conference on Gender and Class will take place at City in 2008.

 

Research Group 4: Race, ethnicity and migration (Bloch, McDowell, McLaughlin, Ramji, Schuster, Silvestri, Solomos, Rattansi (Category C))

 

This group is carrying out research in core areas of race and ethnic studies, global migration and refugee studies and theoretical work related to these fields of scholarship. The work of Solomos has helped to define the field of race and ethnic studies in Britain and his citations indicate that he is a key researcher in this field. Current research focuses on the asylum-migration interface (Schuster, McDowell), transnationalism, (Bloch), the interplay between race and gender in employment (Ramji), and the politics of race and ethnicity in Britain (Solomos, McLaughlin). To help promote our research in this field we have established the Centre for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, which has hosted international events such as Behzad Yaghmaian’s (US) lecture on ‘Embracing the Infidel: Muslims on the Journey West’. Research funding has been attracted from the ESRC, government departments and international bodies. The location of the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR) within the Department in 2006 has added a further policy dimension to the work, facilitating the exchange of academic and policy information. Students on the MA in Refugee Studies (directed by Bloch) carry out internships at ICAR as part of their MA programme. ICAR has recently received major funding from the Sigrid Rausing Trust to support work on ‘Reflecting asylum in London’s communities’, and Bloch a large grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for the study of Young Undocumented Migrants.

 

Research Group 5: Social research methodology (Bloch, Crompton, Fitzgerald, Harrison, Jowell, Magadi, Roberts, Solomos)

 

The Department has had a long standing interest in the field of social research methodology, which has been consolidated since 2001. The Programme in Social Research Methods has been designated as one of ten national ESRC Research Training Centres. Magadi, who has particular expertise in population and health, joined the Department immediately after Wiggins’ move to the IOE in September 2007, and we remain committed to this programme. During his long tenure at City, Wiggins (category B) organised The Social Research Methodology Centre which held regular seminars, attracting active researchers from research organisations, government departments, and other universities. Crompton is an expert in cross-national comparative research methodology and has published (in Work, Employment and Society and European Societies) in this area. She is particularly interested in empirical research using mixed methods, and is developing these in her current ESRC GeNet project.  Bloch is an expert in the surveying of ‘hidden’ and undocumented populations. Since the 2001 RAE the methodological expertise of the department has been further enhanced by the work of the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys (CCSS) (Jowell, Fitzgerald, Roberts, Harrison) which joined City in 2003. The Centre (Director, Roger Jowell) hosts the European Social Survey and is funded via the EU and ESRC. CCSS has been awarded (2006) the prestigious Descartes Prize and has achieved international recognition for its work, having recently been selected for future funding by the European Strategy forum on Research Infrastructures. Harrison is an invited Research Associate at ISER, University of Essex. The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) also has close links with Sociology at City, and NatCen have been co-applicants with members of the Department on recent successful ESRC research grant applications.

 

Research Group 6: Criminology and Criminal Justice (Greer, McLaughlin, Wakefield, Myers)

 

This research group has been recently established following the introduction of criminology to our research and teaching programmes. McLaughlin is a leading analyst of the transformation of UK policing, particularly on the ways in which macro sociological and cultural shifts impact on this institution. During his visiting fellowship at the University of Tampere (Finland), he developed a cross-national comparative analysis of these issues. He is co-editor of Theoretical Criminology. Greer’s expertise makes him one of the key researchers working in the new field of crime, news media and culture, and he is founder and co-editor of Crime, Media and Culture. McLaughlin and Greer are currently working on a major new study of the reporting of homicide, reflecting the Department’s established communications and media research focus. Wakefield’s research focuses on the increasingly important topic of private security and policing, and Myers specialises in the psychological dimensions of crime. The current work of this group is consolidating around three research specialisms linked to other research groups within the department: Policing, Security and Human Rights; Crime, Media and Cultural practices, and Victimology, Community Safety and Social Change.

 

 

At a more general level, the research culture of the Department is organised and advanced through research seminars, organising and participating in workshops and conferences, funded research, research-led teaching at masters and doctoral levels and through collaborative research projects. The Department research groups and centres have strong links with interdisciplinary researchers nationally and internationally. We organise a regular series of staff/graduate research seminars that bring together scholars from a range of research areas. Conferences and exhibitions organised at City include four events related to the John Berger Conferences (Robins), Rhythms of the City (Roman-Velazquez), the annual lecture sponsored by Ethnic and Racial Studies (Solomos), Transnational Television Worldwide (Chalaby) and Digital Switchover (Iosifidis). We have also played an active part in the annual Birley Lecture (City University). A recent speaker was Manuel Castells, who was also awarded an honorary doctorate from City University, and Craig Calhoun delivered the Birley Lecture in October 2007. Events are also held in association with specific projects; for example, the international workshops organized by Jowell (on comparative survey methods, ongoing) and Crompton on comparative research on work-life articulation, linked to ESRC and EU funded projects (2002, 2003, 2004). These latter seminars resulted in an edited book: Women, Men, Work and Family in Europe, Palgrave 2007.

 

Individual members of staff also play an active role in the organization and dissemination of research at national and international conferences. Roberts has organized (with ESRC support) an international conference (2005) on mixed mode data collection in comparative social surveys, and also participates in an ESRC funded consortium addressing data quality in longitudinal surveys. Fitzgerald is a member of the International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation. Bloch is on the Programme Committee of the International Association for the study of forced migration. Webster and Robins were members of the European Science Foundation Programme on New Media (2000-2). Willetts is on the Executive Committee of the South Atlantic Council, and Wiggins was a session organizer for the Sixth International Conference on Social Science Methodology. Tumber is a member of the European Research Institute and a stream organiser for the International Communications Association annual conference. Silvestri has organised conference panels at the International Studies Association and the European Consortium for Political Research.

 

Interaction between teaching and research

 

At the Departmental level, our successful MA and MSc Programmes (over 140 students a year) and our growing Doctoral Programme demonstrate our commitment to research-led teaching. The organization of our masters programmes runs parallel with that of our research groupings, and as a consequence, all staff in the Department are enabled to teach on the Masters Programmes on issues close to their research interests. The Social Research methodology group has also played an active role in the promotion of the teaching of quantitative methods within the discipline of sociology. For example, Wiggins was chair of the ESRC’s Subject Area Panel in Statistics, Methodology and Computing for the recognition exercise 2005-06, and has made a major contribution to the recent ESRC initiative on building capacity in quantitative methods at undergraduate level. Crompton’s contribution to the debate on these issues is forthcoming in Sociology.

 

Arrangements for supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative research

 

The research groups described above constitute a natural focus for collaborative research within the Department, and as our outputs in RA2 demonstrate, there is an established tradition of research and co-authorship of publications amongst academic and research staff. Half-day research seminars, organized centrally by the University Research Committee, provide excellent opportunities for contact with colleagues in other academic disciplines. One example of fruitful collaboration is Wiggins’ work with Professor Elford (School of Nursing) in the use of the internet in research on HIV/AIDS, carried out by a postdoctoral fellow located in the Sociology Department. The presence within the Department of CCSS and ICAR acts as a further stimulus to interdisciplinary and collaborative research. One of the consequences of this active co-operation has been Tumber's research participation with CCSS in the recently awarded European Social Survey Infrastructure grant awarded to CCSS under the EU Sixth Framework Programme.

 

Research collaboration is also evident in the relationships that have been developed with the public, private, and voluntary sectors within the department, and indeed, the policy dimension of our research activities is emerging as increasingly important. ICAR plays an important role in policy-making in respect of asylum and refugees, and research funded by the Immigration and Nationality Department has been presented at the House of Commons. Bloch’s research carried out for Department for Work and Pensions (2002) informed the development of the UK employment strategy for refugees (Working to Rebuild Lives) and has been one of the key reports informing the Home Office Integration consultation paper (Integration Matters: A national strategy for refugee integration). Schuster has acted as Moderator of the Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe Working Group, and has been vice chair, and member of the executive committee of national coalition of anti-deportation campaigns, including CIMAD, and the Refugee Council, Berlin. Williams is co-author of a study ‘The New Imperialism: Britain and the Security Challenges of the Next Decade’, for the Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre, Ministry of Defence, and also co-Author of ‘The Consolidation of Peace in Africa’, for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. This study was part of the process that led to the establishment of a United Nations Peacebuilding Commission. Davies has been a consultant for the Washington (DC) based International Center on Non-Violent Conflict. Willett’s research was funded by DfID for a two year period. Wakefield has carried out extensive research for the Police Foundation, and Greer has carried out evaluations and crime and justice initiatives for Northumbria Police, Government Office North East, and Newcastle City Council. Wiggins had an established history of active collaboration with the nearby borough of Camden, who have also been co-funders of PhD studentships.

 

Research infrastructure

The School of Social Sciences moved to the new Social Sciences Building in 2004. This is close by the main University facilities, and offers superior accommodation to both staff and research students. The Department of Sociology occupies the whole of the sixth floor, the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, and other new developments, occupy space elsewhere in the building. All academic staff at City have individual offices and extensive IT support (the School of Social Sciences has a dedicated IT team). Departmental research is overseen by the Research Committee, that reports to the Research Committee of the School, which is in turn represented on the University Research Committee. All staff have access to university-wide computer networks as well as remote access. These networks include the major software required for both quantitative and qualitative research. These facilities are also installed on individual computers. The University also provides a subscription to the Community of Science research funding database and bibliographic software for all staff. The Department has two dedicated suites for research students, equipped with twenty computers and other facilities. Research students have access to the same range of software described above, and they are allocated secure space for storage of research materials.

 

Departmental support for pump-priming research, and attendance at conferences, is available for all academic staff. These funds are administered by the Departmental Research Committee. The Research Committee is also responsible for the organisation of the annual Departmental Research Day and Research Report. At the University level, an established series of half-day research seminars, and research student poster days, facilitate university-wide research dissemination and collaboration. The University also offers a pump-priming research scheme, from which several staff members (Crompton, Iosifidis, Chalaby, Coyle, Ramji) have benefited. The Research Grants office of the university also regularly disseminates information relating to available research opportunities in areas relevant to departmental interests.

 

The Social Science Building also incorporates well-equipped teaching and meeting rooms. The availability of these spaces means that exhibitions, seminars and small conferences take place in an environment that is second to none.

 

Contribution of research staff and research students

 

Our growing number of research students play a key role in developing our research culture. Research students are also encouraged to engage in class teaching in order to gain relevant experience for their future academic careers. We are proud of the academic encouragement we offer to our PhD students. Hasmita Ramji was a research student at City who progressed through an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship to a full-time job in the Department. Rebecca Eynon followed a similar path prior to taking up a research fellowship at the University of Oxford. Alison Evans has already published a number of (lead authored) book chapters and refereed journal articles, and has held a City postdoctoral fellowship. Imad Karam and Nic Sireau have both published book chapters prior to graduation, and Nic Sireau was shortlisted for the ESRC/Michael Young Foundation postgraduate prize in 2007. Kerry Lee, an ESRC-funded student, has already been identified for her ‘exemplary’ work on the British Household Panel Study (in Lewis, C. & Lamb, M.E. (forthcoming). ‘Fatherhood: Connecting the strands of diversity across time and space’, Chapter in David Utting: Parenting: Research and Development. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

 

Currently, the members of the Department also include a number of full-time contract research officers (Eva, Lyonette, Morrell, Price, Ward, Widdop) employed on externally funded grants. They play an active role in the life of the Department, formally through contributions to teaching, more informally via the availability of their research expertise to both staff and research students. A number have excellent records of publication (for example, Lyonette has recently co-edited a book with Crompton), and another researcher (ESRC/Webster) has recently taken up a lectureship at the University of Manchester. These are further examples, we would suggest, of the encouragement we offer to those beginning their academic careers. At the University level, an annual programme of training is provided for research staff and students, as part of the University’s response to the Concordat on Research Careers.

 

Staffing Policy

 

Arrangements for developing and supporting staff in their research

 

The Department has received strong support from the School of Social Sciences since the 2001 RAE that has allowed it to expand from 11.7 staff to 29 (27.2 FTE) staff. It has followed a strategy of appointing both established researchers as well as new and recent researchers in its key research groupings. It is the policy of the Department that all staff participate actively in research, teaching and administration. We are committed to the development of an egalitarian and inclusive research culture. Thus both teaching and administrative loads are evenly distributed throughout the Department (with the exception of CCSS and ICAR, who are funded on external grants), and no allowances or concessions are made for senior status. The only exceptions are teaching buy-outs linked to specific research grants, and allowances made for new members of junior staff to enable them to establish their research profile.

 

Arrangements for study leave

 

As noted above, all members of staff receive support for their research from the Department and are able to use external research funding to buy themselves out of teaching for limited periods. Staff may also take unpaid leave to carry out research. Study leave arrangements are generous (one term in seven); replacement teaching is either bought in or covered by another member of staff. All academic staff have access to these leave arrangements. During the period of assessment all members of staff have benefited from research leave, with a total of 34 sabbatical terms since 2001.

 

Less experienced staff

 

The Department includes four early career researchers (Silvestri, Myers, Ramji, Davies). New junior members of staff are given a lighter load in their first year of appointment. Each new member of staff is allocated a mentor who will be an experienced researcher/teacher. More informal mentoring arrangements, based on common interests, also arise. Mentors advise on research grant applications, read academic papers before submission, and generally provide advice and encouragement. That two category B staff have moved to more senior positions (Davis to Goldsmiths and Stokes to Kent) provides concrete evidence of the success of these policies. The regular staff/graduate seminars, and the annual Departmental research day, also make a contribution to the development of active researchers.

 

Role of category C staff

 

Two of our category C staff, Tunstall (Professor Emeritus) and Rattansi (Visiting Professor) are retired faculty members. Both are still active in research and publication, both in areas that are closely related to the departmental research groups and Tunstall has taught on the MA Communications Programme. Cynthia Cockburn has a long association with the Sociology Department at City, and was included (as category C) in the last RAE. Most recently, she has participated (2006) in the ESRC seminar series, organized at City on Understanding Gendered Agency in Violent Conflict.

 

Demographic profile

 

The Department has a favourable demographic profile, with a good balance (virtually 50/50) of older and younger members of staff. Thus, in relation to all of the research groups identified, the level of research development and activity in the Department will be sustained in the foreseeable future.

 

Post-doctoral researchers

 

The Department has a strong commitment to the development of the academics of the future. In addition to the two ESRC postdoctoral fellowships (Ramji, Eynon) secured by the Department, two further fellowships have been funded: one (Ramji) from the University Research Fellowships scheme (which is highly competitive), and one from School funds (Pettinger). All fellows have gained full-time academic posts at the end of their fellowship tenure (Ramji – City; Pettinger – Essex; Eynon – Oxford). In addition, postdoctoral funding for Evans (who has moved to a full-time research position) has been facilitated by the School, in co-operation with the School of Nursing.

 

RESEARCH STRATEGY

 

The Department has experienced a major period of growth, and over the next five years our major objectives will be to build on and extend our existing strengths as follows:

 

  • Enhancing our publication profile in our core areas of scholarship and research in order to enhance the Department's claims to excellence at an international level;
  • Developing a higher profile for our research through participation in prestigious conferences, organising conferences/workshops and making a positive contribution to policy debates;

         Attracting more research funding to develop the work of our core research groupings and centres;

        Ensuring we are able to maintain a high level of staff stability through a good balance between research and teaching;

        Developing our PhD Programme through attracting more ESRC students and externally funded or self funded students.

 

 

Since RAE 2001 the overall strategy of the Department has been to strengthen its original research groupings and provide the basis for the growth of new groups. Our current profile, therefore, includes all of the three core research groupings identified in 2001, together with the new developments as described above. The new research groupings on Race, Ethnicity and Migration, Social Research Methodology and Crime and Criminal Justice are linked to areas of growth, but they also build on research that has been integral to the research culture of the Department for some time.

 

In 2001, Sociology at City was rated 4 and described as a 'strong unit of its grade'. The 2001 Panel noted that the 'research culture is not as developed as it could be due to the pattern of staff turnover and diverse contracts'. Since 2001, staff turnover has fallen dramatically. One senior member of staff (Rattansi) retired on health grounds, Davis and Stokes moved to more senior positions at other universities, Wiggins to a Professorship at IOE. Our increased numbers, therefore, are entirely a consequence of the recruitment of further University funded staff (Ramji, Solomos, Webster, Bloch, Robins, McLaughlin, Wakefield, Greer, Schuster, Nesvetailova, Davies, Jowell, McDowell, Roberts, Fitzgerald, Harrison), all research active. Since 2001, we have developed a strong and established research culture.

 

The University and the School of Social Sciences have actively supported our strategy to grow our research culture and we believe we have more than fulfilled our aspirations as set out in RA5 of the 2001 RAE. Our cross-national, comparative focus has been further strengthened by the presence of CCSS and ICAR as well as EU, DfID, IOM, ESRC and Leverhulme funded comparative projects granted to Crompton, Vogler and Wiggins, Coyle, and Robins. The appointment of Schuster has strengthened the comparative focus of our research on migration and human mobility.

 

Research students and research studentships

 

The Department has held ESRC recognition since the last RAE, and has attracted seven ESRC/CASE research studentships since 2001.

 

Currently, the Department has ESRC recognition for research training as well as ESRC quota awards. In addition to externally-funded students, research studentships are also supported via a yearly competition available on a university-wide basis, as well as School and Departmental funds. Three full studentships and 5 partial studentships have been made available on this basis during the census period.

 

Conference support for research students is also available, and is administered via the Departmental Research Committee. All research-active staff are eligible to supervise research students, and it is Departmental policy that every student will have both a lead and a secondary supervisor.

 

Research income

 

As noted above, our research income has expanded considerably since the last RAE and members of the Department have received over three million pounds in research income during the RAE period, from a variety of sources including the ESRC, EU, major charities, and government departments. Over fifty per cent of Category A staff have been awarded research grants of various kinds.

 

ESTEEM INDICATORS

 

The Department has continued to increase its research output in this RAE cycle. On average, category A staff have each produced one book, 1.26 edited books, 6 chapters in edited books, 6.7 journal articles, and two research reports since the last Research Assessment Exercise. We have also edited fourteen special issues of journals. We would suggest, however, that the most significant indicators of international esteem are invitations to present keynote or plenary presentations at international conferences, either at home or overseas.

 

Within all research groupings, these kinds of invitations have been forthcoming, and twenty-two out of the twenty-nine members of the department have been invited to give plenary or keynote lectures across Europe, the USA, Latin America and Australasia, as well as at international conferences within the United Kingdom during the RAE period. Crompton was a plenary speaker at BSA 2001, and at the Finnish Sociological Association conference 2007. She has also acted as a keynote/plenary speaker at international conferences in Edinburgh, Manchester, Salford, London, Oudenaarde, Lisbon, Rome, Stockholm, (CEIES), Oslo, Austria, Atlanta and Brazil. Bloch delivered plenary addresses and keynote speeches to the Centre for Research into Social Inclusion and Social Justice, University of Hull, and London Metropolitan University. Chalaby has delivered keynote speeches at the University of Groningen (2005) and at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Iosifidis has given a plenary at the National Technical University of Athens. Coyle was a keynote speaker at the international conference on gender equality at the University of Warsaw, 2005. Jowell has been a keynote speaker on Government Social Research (2004) and at the European Association of Survey Research Barcelona 2005. Roman-Velazquez was a keynote speaker at the XI congress of federation of Latin American schools of communication. Similarly, McLaughlin gave plenaries at the European Conference for the study of crime and deviance Helsinki 2003, and the International Conference onPluralism and Equality Helsinki 2005. Solomos was a plenary speaker at the BSA Annual Conference 2002, PSA Annual Conference 2003, British Academy 2003, and at the World Congress of Human Movements and Immigration, Barcelona 2004. Webster has been a plenary speaker at the 3rd Annual Wenshan Conference, National Chenghi University, Taiwan (2002); the Finnish Knowledge Summit, Tampere (2002); the Annual Conference of the Hungarian Sociological Society, Budapest (2003); as well as the European Modernism and the Information Society Conference, University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana (2005); Annual Conference, University of Oslo (2005). Willetts was a keynote speaker at the colloquium on Global Governance, Geneva. Woodiwiss has given plenaries at the University of Istanbul, and during his lecture tour organized by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Ramji has given a keynote address at a conference organized at Columbia University New York. Tumber has been a plenary speaker at the European Research Institute (2004), and the International Communications Association Annual Conferences in San Diego (2003), and New York (2005), and at an international Symposium on Media and War (Cambridge University 2002). Robins gave a plenary at New York University 2003, and has also presented at the universities of Newcastle, Padua, Athens, Istanbul, Dessau, Lund, and the University of Pennsylvania. Wakefield has given a keynote address to the British Society of Criminology. Greer has delivered public lectures at Sydney and Macquarie Law Schools during his Parsons Scholarship at the Sydney Law School. Schuster has delivered keynote addresses in Poitiers, London and Morocco (2005). McDowell has given a plenary at the US Foreign Policy Association (2007).

 

A high level of international recognition is also evident in the invitations extended to research and teach at universities overseas. A number of staff hold funded and invited chairs at overseas universities, for example Webster at the Department of Media and Journalism, University of Tampere (1997-), Robins at Istanbul Bilgi University (2003-) and the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania (2005). Tumber has been a visiting fellow at Columbia University, 2006, and McLaughlin a Visiting Professor, at UNC Chapel Hill (2004) and a Distinguished Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium 2006-7. Greer has held a Parsons Scholarship from the University of Sydney. Crompton has taught on a doctoral course at the University of Trondheim, and presented postgraduate seminars at the universities of Milan, La Sapienza (Rome), and Oslo. She is also working (with Erik Wright, Janet Gornick and Marcia Meyers) on a Real Utopias project, ‘Institutions for Gender Egalitarianism’, at the Havens Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chalaby has held workshops on Europe and the Media at the University of Geneva. Webster has delivered a lecture series in Lvov, Ukraine (2002). Solomos participates in the Selection Committee, Department of Social and Political Science, University of Cyprus and the Cyprus Program of Co-operation with Distinguished Scientists Abroad. Woodiwiss has held a Fellowship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has given lecture tours in Taiwan (organized by the Ministry of Education), and Canada.

 

A further important contribution to the development of national and international research agendas in sociology and cognate disciplines is through journal editorships. Solomos is co-editor of Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Bloch is on the editorial collective of Critical Social Policy. Tumber is co-editor of Journalism, McLauglin is co-editor of Theoretical Criminology, and Greer is co-editor of Crime, Media, Culture. Woodiwiss is on the editorial collective of Economy and Society. Crompton has acted as associate editor for Gender Work and Organisation. Robins has co-edited City and Cultural Politics. Roman-Velazquez edited a special issue of City. The department has also contributed members to the editorial boards of: Sociology, Work, Employment and Society, Popular Music, Patterns of Prejudice, Global Social Policy, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, City, Information, Communication and Society, Intermedia, New Media and Society, Journal of International Communication, Surveillance and Society, Body and Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Global Networks, Concentric, Security Journal, Science as Culture, Citizenship Studies and Global Media and Communication.

 

Members of the Sociology Department at City have also made substantial contributions to the development of policy, research, and research infrastructure through their Advisory Roles at home and overseas. Indeed, during the RAE period more than half of the members of the Department have served in various advisory capacities. Bloch has participated in the Global Commission on International Migration, the EU Observatory on refugees and asylum seekers, and the EQUAL programme. Nesvetailova has acted for the Refugee Legal Centre and Asylum Aid (UK) in respect of refugees from post-USSR states. Coyle has acted as an expert adviser to the WEU, TUC, and DTI. Crompton has acted as an invited expert for the DWP, and participated in a DoH research review of the Nursing Research Unit. She has also contributed to the Equalities Review (Cabinet Office) and has acted as an assessor (grants and scholarships) for the Research Council of Norway; the MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Canadian Research Foundation. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of CRESC (Manchester and Open University). Jowell has been a consultant to the Prime Minister's strategy unit, and Chair, Cabinet Office review ofPolicy Pilots. McDowell has acted in an advisory capacity for the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (Geneva), the Home Office, the WHO, the Asian Development Bank and the UN. Solomos has acted as an expert adviser to the Academy of Finland (2001 and 2004), and the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (2002-03). He has also presented a paper at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004). He is also a member of the research advisory panel of Big Lottery Fund, on the Board of the Rich Mix cultural foundation, and a member of the Strategic Research Board of the ESRC. Magadi is chair of the steering committee of the UNICEF regional nutrition study. Wiggins has participated in the working group of the ONS Health Variations Team and is a member of the MRC’s Health Services Research Board, as well as chairing an ESRC Subject Area Panel. Iosifidis has acted as adviser to General Secretary of Information and Communication, Greece, Hellenic Audiovisual Institute. McLaughlin participated in the EU Justice and Home Affairs 'Immigrant minors and integration strategies in European Justice Systems'. Williams has presented his research at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Commission. Webster has served on an ESRC Commissioning Panel and is a reviewer for the Danish Research Council, as well as advising the Technological University of Cyprus on new degree programmes.  Robins co-ordinated the ‘Europe in Motion’ film festival, Berlin, sponsored by the ESF and the Council of Europe.

 

We have an active policy of hosting academic visitors linked to our core research groupings. During the assessment period we have hosted colleagues from the universities of Toulouse, CUNY Stony Brook (x2), Davidson (US), Milan, Malaga, Budapest, Thessaloniki, Zurich and Hanover.

 

Translations: During the RAE period colleagues have had books, articles and chapters translated into nineteen languages. For example: Chalaby's work has been translated into Chinese and Portuguese, and Crompton's work into Italian, French, German, Chinese, Korean, Norwegian, Czech, Spanish Dutch and Portuguese. Solomos has been translated into German, French, Italian and Danish; Webster into Chinese, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian and Russian, and Robins into Chinese, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, German, Czech, Serbian, Greek, Portuguese and French. McLaughlin’s work has been translated into Dutch and Slovakian.

 

Major Awards/Prizes: Solomos and Jowell have been elected as Academicians of the Academy of Social Sciences; Jowell has been awarded a CBE, the World Association of Public Opinion Research Helen Dinerman award 'for career contributions to research and methodology', and the Descartes Prize 'for excellence in scientific research'.