Sociology of Policy in Practice

Sociology of Policy in Practice is a one-year programme that focuses on policy-oriented research either abroad or at home, in the Netherlands. It offers students a mix of social scientific skills and the opportunity to work on an own personal three-month research project in the field of policy at an organisation or company.

In short

The programme offers you:

  • Know-how on how to ‘translate’ prevailing policy problems into manageable research questions;
  • Skills to adapt and mobilise a broad spectrum of social scientific methods (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic);
  • The opportunity to conduct your own three-month research project at an NGO, government agency, or company;
  • Relevant working experience and valuable network contacts

Sociology of Policy

This unique master’s specialisation on the sociology of policy in practice teaches you to think along with organisations to help them respond to the challenges they are facing in our global and quickly changing times. You obtain relevant working experience by conducting a three-month research-oriented internship, in close collaboration with both our Leiden staff and members of your host organisation.

The Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology has a longstanding tradition in doing policy-oriented research. Using and adapting a mix of social scientific skills, we invite you to investigate, analyse, and report on human rights issues, inequality, economic precariousness or sustainability, eventually formulating conclusions that may be relevant to policy makers.

Research Internship

The Sociology of Policy in Practice specialisation offers students wishing to work in the field of policy oriented research a mix of social scientific skills and the opportunity to work on an own personal three-month research project at an NGO, government agency, small or large-scale company, museum or knowledge institute, either in the Netherlands or abroad.

Mixed methods skills

During your three month research practice, you will investigate – in close collaboration to your host organisation – a problem or challenge that the organisation is facing. The institute of CA-DS has a longstanding tradition in mixed research methods and policy oriented research, you thus will be supervised by our experienced staff.

Through our mix of social scientific skills, you will be able to explore, analyse, and report on issues regarding human rights, inequality, and sustainability, formulating conclusions that will be relevant to policy makers.

Current research internships

National and international organisations and institutes in which our students are currently involved:

  • Solidaridad: Certification of gold and connection between producers, buyers, and jewellery designers at mining communities in Ghana.
  • Museum of Ethnology (Leiden): Acquisition project of Ghanese fashion
  • Schakenbosch institute (Zuid-Holland): Mental healthcare among youth of mixed origins
  • CultuurSchakel (The Hague): Diversity and community arts in The Hague
  • National Park ‘Duinen van Texel’: Perception, different forms and uses of space and nature as an object

For more information on all our current research internships, see our MA students’s website.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Degree Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60156

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