Category: For Practitioners

Sociology Ethics in an Applied Workplace

I’m currently editing our latest video for Sociology At Work. I’ll be discussing some of the key questions that emerged from The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Postgraduate Workshop. I was invited to speak on a careers panel along with three other applied researchers. Students… Continue Reading “Sociology Ethics in an Applied Workplace”

Podcast: Doing Applied Work

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… Continue Reading “Podcast: Doing Applied Work”

Sociology at Work Podcast Series Kicks Off

Below is the first Sociology at Work podcast. It kicks off with a background about why Sociology at Work was formed, the types of professional concerns we address, and what you can expect from our podcast series. While our website will continue to provide… Continue Reading “Sociology at Work Podcast Series Kicks Off”

Building Sustainable Cities for the Future

In just a few hours, the UN is hosting an online panel to discuss its recent report, World Economic and Social Survey 2013: Sustainable Development Challenges. The panel will discuss issues arising from its research on building sustainable cities, food security and energy transformation.… Continue Reading “Building Sustainable Cities for the Future”

Sociology for Clients

I have previously discussed the four questions facing applied sociologists. These questions refer to how we utilise sociological theories, methods and principles in our work, and the challenges and opportunities we encounter practising sociology outside academia. In brief, these questions are:  Sociology for What? That is, why are… Continue Reading “Sociology for Clients”

Applied Sociology Roles, Skills and Methods – New S@W Series

What are the roles that applied sociologists take on? What skills and methods do they apply in order to carry out their work? What workplace issues do they face? How do they manage their professional challenges and celebrate their triumphs? As I’ve previously written… Continue Reading “Applied Sociology Roles, Skills and Methods – New S@W Series”

Open Data, Open Access & What They Mean for Applied Sociology

Data are necessary for robust social science but very expensive to collect. Current regulations limit the ability for public servants and researchers sharing their data with the public. What does the open data movement mean for applied sociologists? Here’s two brief case studies on what’s happening… Continue Reading “Open Data, Open Access & What They Mean for Applied Sociology”

Working While Not at Work is Freedom! Work-Life-Balance is Optional.

Here’s what’s wrong with infographics pushed out by marketing firms: Gyro and Forbes have put out an infographic summarising a “study” of 543 business execs in the USA. The findings have been published in Mashable. As the image below shows, 98% of these execs check their email… Continue Reading “Working While Not at Work is Freedom! Work-Life-Balance is Optional.”

“If We Began to Believe that Wall Street is Expendable…”

Jeff Madrick is an Economics columnist and author of Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present (2011). He wrote a great piece for The Washington Post last year that still captures my sociological imagination today.… Continue Reading ““If We Began to Believe that Wall Street is Expendable…””

How to Read and Respond to Media Reports on Social Science

Andrew Gottlieb of The Psychology Lounge recently posted a useful article about the way the media misrepresents social science research. Although Gottlieb is a clinical psychologist, his analysis has relevance for applied sociology. I include his tips on how to identify the typical ways… Continue Reading “How to Read and Respond to Media Reports on Social Science”