Below is the latest podcast for Sociology at Work. It provides a broad overview of the work that applied sociologists do outside academia. Applied sociologists have two broad ways in which they apply sociology in their work. First, through our methods, which can be applied to social policy work, economic models and community evaluations. Second, through our specialist knowledge of particular social groups or social problems. This includes crime, disaster planning and more.
Applied sociologists face some hurdles in their work because not many people understand our methods and theories. Working together with academics would help us transcend these issues. For maximum impact sociology courses should integrate applied knowledge and experience into the way in which we teach sociology in the classroom.