The Department of Sociology at the University of Bristol , which employs 18 faculty and several researchers at the post-doctoral level, is one of the best-known Sociology Departments in the UK. The department offers MPhil and Ph.D. degrees and "is dedicated to the principle of theoretically-informed research that is also empirically rich and social relevant." The department's areas of specialization include global ethnicities and multiculturalism, social exclusion and inequalities, education, gender and work, social, cultural and political theory, and research methods.
The department hosts the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, an interdisciplinary research center co-directed by Professor Tariq Modood at the University of Bristol, and Professor John Salt at the University College London. At Bristol, Professors Steve Fenton, Ron Johnston and Dr. Suruchi Thapar-Bjorkert are also involved with the Research Centre. (Source: Bristol Sociology Department website, January 10, 2007)
The Centre, which also includes a public policy dimension in its work, promotes interdisciplinary research in two main areas:
"Ethnicity and state structures, cultural pluralism and its institutionalism, the politics of multiculturalism and other forms of 'difference,' including gendered ethnicity and ethno-religious identities, minority rights and human rights, challenges to secularism, the nation-state and other aspects of existing concepts of citizenship.
Ethnicity and socio-economic structures with a special focus on racialised exclusion, inter-generational poverty, labour markets, health, education, ethnic stratification and social mobility, ethnic competition and ethnic networks as a local, national and transnational economic resource." (Source: Bristol Sociology Department website, January 10, 2007)
Dr. Jon Fox Research areas: ethnicity, nationalism, migration
Dr. Jo Haynes Research areas: race/ethnicity, sociology of music/media, education, qualitative research methodologies
Dr. Nabil Khattab Research areas: ethnicity, social mobility, labor market, gender, quantitative research methods
Professor Ruth Levitas Research areas: Utopianism, utopia and social theory, New Labour, poverty, inequality, social exclusion and inclusion
Professor Tariq Modood Research areas: racial equality, anti-racism, multiculturalism and public policy, interfaithism, British Asian Muslims
Ms. Paula Surridge Research areas: social stratification, social and political attitudes, education, sociological methodology
Ms. Jackie West (Head of Department) Research areas: Sociology of sexuality, the sex industry, prostitution and social policy, gambling, gender and employment
(Source: Bristol Sociology Department website, January 10, 2007).
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The Methodist International House (MIH) was recommended by one of our fellows visiting Bristol. MIH is an inexpensive accommodation option that offers a community kitchen, provides weekly cleaning service and wireless internet access (for a fee). MIH is located in the beautiful Clifton area of Bristol, a 15-minute walk to campus and 3-minute walk from downtown.
Inequality Fellows who are U.S. citizens and who enter the U.K. as academic visitors for less than six months do not need a visa to enter the U.K. However, they will need to show evidence to British Immigration that they will be able to sustain themselves during their stay in Britain, and that they have a return ticket to the U.S. For the latest visa-related information, see the US State Department, and the Home Office’s website on UK visas.