About the Applied Sociology Group
We are a group of sociologists who are situated largely beyond academic settings, or who do not fit the 'traditional' profile of institutionally-based sociologists. There are currently around 300 members.
Our group is a reminder that
- Sociologists inhabit a wide spectrum of settings, and work in all kinds of areas, from business and commerce to the public sector to charities and voluntary organisations.
- Only a minority of sociology graduates have permanent associations with academic institutions.
- The BSA is there to support all sociologists.
The Applied Sociology Group aims to:
- Support all sociology graduates working beyond or alongside academic institutions.
- Raise the status of sociological work undertaken beyond an academic context.
- Raise awareness of the support needed for applied sociologists.
- Strengthen the professional identity of applied sociologists.
- Enhance applied sociological careers.
What We Do
The Applied Sociology Group works to:
- Support applied sociologists working beyond universities.
- Offer a model curriculum in applied sociology to universities.
- Support the development of applied sociology components in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
- Established (with the support of the BSA) a register of sociologists willing to speak to schools and colleges about careers as a sociologist.
- Recruit new sociology graduates to the Group and to the BSA.
- Offer events for undergraduates and new graduates to support career development in applied sociology.