Research Sociology

Social problems in contemporary modernity

Contemporary societies face a range of challenges, including global warming, rising inequalities, major international migration flows, and shifting political landscapes. The current research program of the Sociology section of DPAS, entitled Understanding Social Problems is informed by the conviction that sociology has a lot to offer in trying to understand, explain and govern such societal challenges. To be able to do so, in-depth research on their nature, causes, consequences, and interconnected at different scales is needed. Some examples of societal challenges assessed in our department are: shifting family roles and obligations, anti-institutionalism and populism, urban poverty and inequality, welfare state change, and health inequalities. In sum, our research program takes up key sociological questions concerning social equality, social cohesion and identify formation

Erasmus University Sociology