Centre for Social Theory

There is nothing more practical than a good theory
(K. Lewin, 1952)

The Centre for Social Theory focuses upon theoretical and theory-driven empirical research, organized around four major themes:

  • “Big structures, large processes and huge comparisons” (Tilly 1984)
  • The micro-macro link
  • The agency-structure debate
  • Current debates in sociological theory

In addressing these questions, research at the Centre for Social Theory both contributes to a variety of fields within sociology, but given that many of the key theoretical debates today are no longer discipline-specific, CST also engages in theoretical discussions with other disciplines. Read more...

Research Staff