Social Science Research at Oxford

The Division is a world-leading centre for research in the social sciences. It is an environment in which innovative ideas and excellent research activities flourish. Our research is characterised by a wide range of methodologies, themes and disciplines and we encourage multi-disciplinary research. Our research involves contributions both to the academic study of the social sciences and to public policy. Some of our research is showcased in the research section of the main University website.

Research in the Social Sciences Division attracts funding from a wide range of sources. In the academic year 2012-13, the Division's research income totalled £34,969,440. Social sciences at Oxford was ranked very highly in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (see the University website for more information about Oxford's success in RAE 2008).

Divisional Research Team

The overarching role of the research team is, through providing professional administrative and management advice, to engage with divisional research strategy and research policy and practice in departments, and to facilitate research developments and initiatives that seek to underpin divisional research objectives.

The Research Team comprises:

Sam Sneddon: Assistant Registrar (Research) advice on divisional research strategy and wider engagement, including relationships with funders, research facilitation, and support for knowledge exchange and impact.

Sharron Pleydell-Pearce: Research Facilitator research facilitation for funding applications, research workshops and briefings, as well as taking a strategic lead on H2020 and the Wellcome ISSF.

Esther Byrom: Research Policy Officer - advice and guidance on the Research Excellence Framework, operational lead on open access, research information and data management, research support systems, as well as leading support for the John Fell Fund (

Aileen Marshall-Brown: Knowledge Exchange Facilitator facilitation support and advice for knowledge exchange and impact activities, including the Division's KE funding schemes, to colleagues across the Division (

Alan Elliott: Knowledge Exchange Support Assistant administrative support on KE and impact and research activities across the Division (


The Research Team's key priorities are:

Research information for members of SSD departments (link to Oxford-only area)