Centre for Invention and Social Process
The Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) is an interdisciplinary research centre that hosts conferences, reading groups, research projects, salons, seminars, workshops as well as supporting doctoral research amongst other activities. For over ten years it has been at the forefront of researching and understanding the interplay between science, technology, society and the environment. The Centre has formal and informal links with many institutions and individual colleagues, and actively maintains a network of researchers and practitioners interested in the broad themes under its remit.
Centre for Urban and Community Research
The Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) was established in 1994 as an interdisciplinary research centre. Today its research stretches from New Cross to New York, Hong Kong, Mexico City and Ljubljana. With core expertise ranging from visual sociology to digital geo-demography, the CUCR remains central to debates about community, ecology, governance, multiculture, citizenship, arts and media in contemporary cities. CUCR publish articles and its own podcast on Streetsigns.online, on current research and all aspects of city life.
Unit for Global Justice
The Unit for Global Justice provides a space for thinking about some of the key contemporary social and political challenges we face, both locally and globally and responses to these challenges. We are an interdisciplinary group and aim to foster conversation and collaboration across academic fields and also with other communities of practice. The Unit has 4 key research strands: global frameworks and institutions; global knowledge struggles; global processes, movements and flows; and cultures and publics.
The Methods Lab is an experimental research collective. Its aim is to make social research responsive to social life and to bring it alive. Methods Lab builds a laboratory to stimulate creative debate as well as to institute examples of the ways in which the practice of sociology is changing, what social research should look like today, and how sociology can best respond to the demands of users of social research. Methods Lab activities link with and feed into much of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching in the Sociology Department, and most especially the MA in Visual Sociology.
Unit of Play
Established in 2012, the Unit of Play (UoP) is a transdisciplinary unit, based in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Its main activities are co-ordinating and developing a research focus within the Department through the hosting of conferences, reading groups, research projects, salons, seminars, workshops as well as supporting doctoral research. The research focus is oriented around the collaborative exploration and incubation of radically new ideas, practices, and proposals that cut across established disciplinary, theoretical, methodological, and thematic boundaries and concerns of the social sciences, arts and humanities.
Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought
The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought (CPCT) is constituted as a centre open to the rigorous philosophical work being done in disciplines outside of academic philosophy. It aims to develop a distinct research profile for the future of philosophy at Goldsmiths, which inherits the best of the UK legacy of ‘Continental Philosophy’ while affirming a more openly trans-disciplinary vocation for philosophical inquiry. In keeping with Goldsmiths’ long-standing tradition of public and political engagement, CPCT promotes a publicly-oriented conception of what it means to do philosophy.
Centre for Global Media and Democracy
The Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy was set up in 2007 to address connections across politics, sociology and media, conducting interdisciplinary research about the future of democracy. It hosts public lectures and debates, research symposia, and seminar series, develops inter-disciplinary bids for research funding, provides a base for selected post-doctoral researchers and welcomes international visitors interested in its themes.
Centre for Feminist Research
The Centre for Feminist Research is a dynamic coordinating hub for feminist work at Goldsmiths with members working in a range of different disciplines. It provides a forum for both theoretical and creative thinking and making. In addition to organising workshops and talks, hosting scholars from all over the world, it offers a symbolic and intellectual home for the MA in Gender, Media and Culture, co-convened by the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies and the Department of Sociology. Students collaborate to initiate activities and events.
Also, find out more about our funded Research Projects.