Knowing That My Work Makes a Real Difference: The Career of One Applied Quantitative Sociologist, UK

Applied Quantitative SociologistTony Alderton reflects on his career in civil service and his current role as a researcher for Early Years and Childcare with the Kent County Council in the UK.

 

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An Organisational Perspective: Applying Sociology to the Health Sector in Melbourne, Australia

Pain CentreChristine Walker answers some questions about her work as Chief Executive Officer for Chronic Illness Alliance in Melbourne, Australia, which connects not-for-profit groups with government and academics in order to advocate for better healthcare for people with chronic illnesses.

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Consuming Sociology: Working for State Government, Melbourne, Australia

ConsumeristStephen Leyden works as a Research Officer for Consumer Affairs Victoria in Australia, a government agency more accustomed to focusing on business and legal concerns rather than on sociological issues.

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Strengthening Business Through Sociology: The Work of a Council Coordinator in Hong Kong

Adrian LuiAdrian Lui works as a Council Coordinator for a global membership organization for the business community in Hong Kong. He tells us how his general sociological skills help him to work with businesses in order to strengthen their services.  

War and Peace in Educational Disadvantage

Lea CampbellLea Campbell works as a researcher for a social welfare organisation in Australia, addressing educational disadvantage among young students. She argues that constructive conflict makes a difference in educational policies.

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Beyond Merciless Critique: Reflections on the Contribution of Sociology in the Social Policy Space

Anthony HoganAnthony Hogan is a Fellow with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health at The Australian National University. His paper argues that sociology could make a stronger impact on social policy if it went beyond criticism and engaged with the imperfect aspects of decision making.

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Advice for Students Who Want to Work as Social Activists: A View From a Trade Union, UK

Workers of the World UniteGary Pattison provides advice for students interested in becoming trade union officials, including how he moved into his profession and how sociology helps him achieve better conditions for workers.

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Defining Sociological Identity and Community: The Work of the Sociologists Outside Academia Group, UK

Annika CoughlinAnnika Coughlin is one of the convenors of the Sociologists Outside Academia Group, which is part of the British Sociological Association. She answers questions about the issues facing their members.

Becoming an Applied Sociologist: A Personal Journey From Student to Academic to Public Servant

Becoming an Applied SociologistZuleyka Zevallos has a position as Sociologist in the Australian Public Service as well as being an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Institute for Social Research, Australia. Her paper provides a reflexive case study of her career. She argues that sociology students need better vocational training and career planning strategies.

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Working Notes Issue 1

Image: Banksy
Image: Banksy

The first edition of Working Notes, the free online bulletin for Sociology At Work, has now been published! The idea behind Working Notes is to provide a platform for applied sociologists to share their work experiences, with a view to expanding recognition of what sociologists can do and enhancing how the discipline of sociology thinks about and promotes sociological practices. To read our publication, please click on Working Notes. Read More