Research Committees

RC46 Clinical Sociology

Established in 1992


The aims of the RC46 are: to advance knowledge in all areas of clinical sociology throughout the world; to provide a common meeting ground for clinical sociologists and others interested in clinical sociological knowledge; to encourage international cooperation in clinical sociology research; to promote training and educational opportunities to further the development of clinical sociology; to develop bonds with other disciplines and other specializations in sociology.

Defining clinical sociology…

Clinical sociology is a creative, humanistic and interdisciplinary specialization that seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives. Clinical sociologists work with client systems to assess situations and avoid, reduce or eliminate problems through a combination of analysis and intervention.

Clinical analysis is the critical assessment of beliefs, policies, or practices, with an interest in improving the situation.

Intervention is based on continuing analysis; it is the creation of new systems as well as the change of existing systems and can include a focus on prevention or promotion (e.g., preventing environmental racism or promoting community sustainability).

Clinical sociologists are employed, for instance, as managers, consultants, organizational development specialists, professors (scholar-practitioners), mediators, policymakers, counsellors and therapists.  Clinical sociologists conduct many kinds of research including needs assessments and evaluations.

Board 2014-2018


Tina UYS, University of Johannesburg, South Africa,



Mariam SEEDAT KHAN, UKZN, South Africa

Early Career / Website

Emma PORIO, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines


Harry PERLSTADT, Michigan State University, USA (till November 2015)
Jan Marie FRITZ, University of Cincinnati, USA (till July 2016)
Weizhen DONG, Canada,

Additional Executive
Board Members

Weizhen DONG, Canada
Gwynyth OVERLAND, Norway (resigned, 2016)
Abdul-Mumin SA’AD, Nigeria

Presidential Advisory
Board Members

Vincent DE GAULEJAC, France
Jan Marie FRITZ, University of Cincinnati, USA
Jacques RHEAUME, Université du Québec, Canada
Robert SÉVIGNY, Université de Montréal, Canada

Regional Representatives

Coordinator: Rosemary BARBERET, USA 
Fernando DE YZAGUIRRE, Colombia
Marie-Anne DUJARIER, France
Nagaraju GUNDEMEDA, India
Isabelle RUELLAND, Canada
Melati Puspa WAN, Malaysia
Jeffry A. WILL, USA (resigned, 2017)

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology Program Coordinator: Tina UYS, and Mariam SEEDAT KHAN,


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Editor: Tina UYS, University of Johannesburg, South Africa,

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