Category: Working Notes Issue 1

Welcome to the Inaugural Edition of Working Notes, Issue 1, June 2010

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Working Notes, the online bulletin for Sociology At Work. This introduction outlines a brief background about the editors and it provides an overview of the papers in this first edition.

Accounting for Sociology in a World of Auditors, UK

Michael Hughes is the Director of Studies and Knowledge for the Audit Commission, UK, reviewing reports on local government services. He tells us why we should ‘never underestimate the value of a sociology degree in providing a foundation of skills and concepts for understanding… Continue Reading “Accounting for Sociology in a World of Auditors, UK”

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

Tony 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.  

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

Christine 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.

Consuming Sociology: Working for State Government, Melbourne, Australia

Stephen 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.

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

Adrian 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 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.

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

Anthony 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… Continue Reading “Beyond Merciless Critique: Reflections on the Contribution of Sociology in the Social Policy Space”

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

Gary 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.

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

Annika 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.