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Applied Sociology Thematic Group

Aims and Objectives

The Applied Sociology Thematic Group aims to create a supportive network for applied social researchers working in non-academic positions, and to increase visibility of their research projects, activities and achievements. Applied sociologists are employed in diverse contexts, including (but not limited to): consultancy and private industry, government and non-government organisations, and other contract work. Applied sociology has a focus on practical applications of sociological knowledge with a view to providing improved outcomes for different groups of people. This research is often conducted within a multidisciplinary environment and in collaboration with different organisations, including community services, activist groups and universities. Members are involved in dynamic research projects, including policy development, community advocacy, project management, and social welfare.

The Applied Sociology Thematic Group is committed to enhancing understanding of the challenges that their members face in their everyday working environments and in negotiating their career trajectories. The Group’s objectives are:

  • To raise the public profile of applied sociological research within TASA, academia and the wider public
  • To support sociology graduates and to develop an agenda for career opportunities outside of academia
  • To provide a basis for streams on applied sociology at TASA conferences
  • To organise workshops, seminars, conferences, lectures and other research activities on topics related to applied sociological research, with a sensitivity to the funding, geographic and time constraints of members’ working lives
  • To encourage publications that address the issues encountered by sociologists working outside academia
  • To nurture relationships with other interdisciplinary groups and organisations

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Group Convener:

Sophie Hickey
Sophie Hickey
Charles Darwin University

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