Ph.D. Sociology

The Ph D programme offers opportunity to students for undertaking a substantial piece of research in any area of sociology that is worthy of publication and which ultimately makes an original contribution to the discipline. The programme prepares students for careers in research and teaching as well as for the application of sociology in public-services and development work. For the Ph.D degree, students are expected to demonstrate an in-depth empirical knowledge with emphasis both on theoretical innovation and methodological rigour relevant to the area of study.

Focus Areas


of the program

Social Change and Mobility

Research in this area focuses on the dimensions of social change and patterns of mobility through theoretical and research-based approach in the context of rapid economic and social changes over recent years. It examines the impact of development planning on various social categories and their varied responses. The emphasis is largely on inequalities, demographic shifts, social movements and migration and their linkages with caste, class and gender dimensions. Understanding social mobility and change are contextualised in the study of rural, urban, tribal communities, dalits and religious minorities.

Agrarian Transformation

Broadly the research in this area focuses on the social consequences of agrarian transformation during colonial, post-colonial and neoliberal periods. It suggests to document the development experiences of different rural-agrarian communities and their responses in the context ongoing significant changes in rural economy. Combining national with regional experiences and economic with non-economic aspects the objective is to provide an inclusive account of a wide range of issues afflicting rural economy and society. We intend to identify the new dynamics in agrarian political economy and present a comprehensive account of diverse aspects of capitalist transition both at theoretical and empirical levels.

Sociology of Water

"As water mirrors society across space and time, Sociology of Water examines how water resources affect caste, class, and gender relations, rural-urban and industry-agriculture contestations, interregional and transnational development cooperation, disputes, conflicts and wars as well. Sociological discourse endeavours to articulate how water forms the social premise in shaping and reshaping society, how neoliberalism and nation-states craft water institutions, how competing demand for water for drinking, domestic use, irrigation and development spawn issues, inequalities and transition in contemporary society. Concurrently, Sociologists occupy key positions in designing, implementing and evaluating water policy, plans and programmes for sustainable water resources development. The thrust area of this department includes gender and irrigation, participatory water resource management, water governance, hydraulic bureaucracy and the interface of water with social change. "

Sociology of Disaster

It is one of the emerging vibrant areas in social science research that deals with the development of knowledge on societal response to hazards and disasters. It sheds light on the risks people encounter and the reasons for their susceptibility to hazards. Our research in this area reflects on how disasters can be perceived within the larger designs of society and how investigating them in this manner may offer productive way of constructing policies that can benefit to reduce disasters and mitigate hazards. This area explains why disasters should not be separated from routine living and exhibits how the risks involved in disaster must be connected with the vulnerability created by many people through their everyday existence.

Who can prefer this Course


Master’s degree in Sociology with a minimum of 55% of marks. The entrance examination for Ph.D. will consist of 100 Multiple Choice Questions on general sociology, sociological theories, Indian society and research methods at the P.G. level.

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