School of Education & Sociology

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    141 High Street, St. George's Building

    PO1 2HY Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

The School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC) is home to research in the fields of childhood, education and sociology. It's where we examine the world through the way we learn, and where we think critically about society, social structures and social inequalities.

Within EDSOC, we're making a difference locally, nationally and internationally through our teaching, research and community engagement. Our research is embedded in our teaching and community engagement.

In collaboration with Portsmouth City Council and local charities, we're researching mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, cyberbullying, and the social and emotional aspects of learning in schools and early years settings. We also undertake research in sociology on a range of topics linked to social inequalities, identities and lived experiences, engaging with the local and national effects of phenomena from citizenship to war-making.

We’ve worked with a range of organisations including the Imperial War Museum, Forceswatch, ichange21, Vegan Society, Friends Without Borders, Connect Futures, and Journeys Festival International. We're working with the armed forces as the lead provider for the ‘Further Forces’ programme, which develops forces leavers into further education teachers.

Outside the UK, we're working with North American schools to improve classroom attainment, and investigating women’s access to education across Africa.

Our areas of research expertise in Sociology include:

  • Identities and inequalities
  • Sociology of culture
  • Social research methods
  • Social theory

Our areas of research expertise in Education include:

  • Early years education
  • Gender, race and education
  • Higher education

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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