The Department of Sociology have a number of general and integrated priorities for research which have developed in recent years. The Irish Journal of Sociology and the journals International Political Anthropology and the Irish Journal of Anthropology have all been edited within the Dept. Staff in the Dept have undertaken a leadership role in interdisciplinary research institute building through the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) and the research institute ISS21 in UCC. There are research clusters on a variety of themes including Critical Theory, Social Justice, Borders and Migration, Criminology, Social Pathologies, Civilization and Globalization, Irish Society and Family Gender and Sexuality. The Dept is extensively involved in Graduate Education and specialist training programmes have been established through three summer schools: The Theory and Philosophy Summer School, International Political Anthropology Summer School and Economy and Society Summer School.
Staff in the Dept have achieved considerable success in winning funding on a number of national and international award schemes including Enterprise Ireland Awards, FP7 Science in Society, Eurocores, IRCHSS Thematic Grants, NESC, Irish Aid, EPA and IRC Advanced Grant Schemes. Five staff in the Dept have won UCC Research Awards and Dr. Kieran Keohane won the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Award. The Dept of Sociology has strong publications record with the publication of a number of significant monographs and edited collections by members of staff in recent years including Comedy and the Public Sphere (Szakolczai, 2013), The Contemporary Theory of the Modern Public Sphere (O’Mahony, 2013) The Irish Family (Connolly, 2014) The Moral Economies of Post Tiger Ireland (Keohane and Kuhling, 2014) Rule-breakers (Hourigan, 2015). Since 2008, the Dept has doubled the numbers of PhD students on its Doctoral programme and staff have been involved in developing new programmes in the field of Criminology.