Category: For Practitioners

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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….

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…

Sociology Media Resources

Here are a couple of sociology media resources that might be of interest: the Sociology Spotlight and the United Nations webcast.