Date & time

Wed, 9 Dec 2020
9:45 - 14:45



Bookings closed

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

About this day

For A-level students

This autumn sees the return of our fascinating and challenging Sociology in Action enrichment programme live-streamed and online, allowing access for all. Through a thought-provoking, inspirational series of talks, leading experts will tackle a range of challenging questions pertaining to how society functions and the factors that experience life in today’s world. Offering students a unique chance to hear inspirational speakers grapple with today’s major sociological questions, this programme is guaranteed to leave them brimming with new ideas and perspectives.

The event will be chaired by Dr Marian Duggan from the University of Kent, with a special session on exam succes delivered by teacher Ian Luckhurst.

Programme & speakers

Globalisation: the slowing down of the world economy Danny Dorling, University of Oxford

Following an earlier demographic slowdown in the numbers of people being born since 1968, global growth rates began to slow in the 1980s and later. How ready are we to slow down and how much do we need to slow down?

Danny Dorling

About Professor Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University, he has co-authored dozens of books and journals on social inequalities. His work concerns housing, health, employment, education and poverty.

The rules of politics Daniel Finkelstein, Journalist and politician

We are very excited to welcome Daniel Finkelstein OBE to Sociology in Action this autumn for an eye-opening talk on the rules of politics.

Daniel Finkelstein

About Lord Daniel Finkelstein

Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE is a leading British political journalist and politician. He is Associate Editor of The Times and a member of the House of Lords since August 2013.

What is education for? Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey

This talk will engage with questions that are fundamental to the study of education: what is it for, and what purposes does it serve? It will consider the role of education in, for example, transmitting knowledge, promoting social integration and shaping national identities.

Rachel Brooks

About Professor Rachel Brooks

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey. She is also the Executive Editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education and author of twelve books. These include ‘Education and Society: Places, Policies, Processes’.

Why Offender Profiling (as you know it) is Dead: Predictive Policing in the Era of AI, Big Data and You Craig Webber, University of Southampton

Craig will look at the use of predictive algorithms to more efficiently deploy police to areas that might be hotspots for crime. He will also question what role criminology, psychology and sociology play in a world increasingly organised through Big Data, AI and the Web.

Craig Webber

About Dr Craig Webber

Dr Craig Webber is Associate Professor of Criminology within Sociology at the University of Southampton. He has been central to building the links between Criminology and Web Science. His book, Psychology and Crime, was published in 2019.


Racism thrives on silence – speak up! Dexter Dias KC, Human rights barrister

Will the horrific death of George Floyd and the global Black Lives Matter protests be a turning point in the struggle for racial justice? Human rights lawyer Dexter Dias QC believes they can be – but only if we use our power and privilege as citizens to demand change in every one of our spheres of influence.

Dexter Dias KC

About Dexter Dias KC

Dexter Dias KC is a human rights barrister and Deputy High Court Judge who has been instructed in some of the biggest cases of recent years involving human rights, murder, crimes against humanity, terrorism and war crimes.