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 2011-12, the Division's research grant awards totalled £40,023,137. Social sciences at Oxford was ranked very highly in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008. Please see the University website for more information about Oxford's success in RAE 2008.
- More information about research funding and support in the Division.
- Visit our departments' own websites for more information about research activities and events.
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) (email@example.com) – advice on divisional research strategy and wider engagement, including oversight of REF preparations, relationships with funders, research facilitation, and support for knowledge exchange and impact.
Sharron Pleydell-Pearce: Research Facilitator (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Research facilitation for funding applications; research workshops and briefings, as well as taking a strategic lead on Open Access, H2020, and the Wellcome ISSF.
Aileen Marshall-Brown: KE Facilitator (email@example.com) – providing facilitation support and advice for a range of knowledge exchange and impact activities, to colleagues across the Social Sciences Division.
Alan Elliott: Knowledge Exchange Support Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) – provides administrative support on a range of KE and impact activities, including a series of KE schemes, across the Social Sciences Division.
The Research Team's key priorities are:
- Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (link to Oxford-only area)
- Ethics and the review of non-medical projects
- Supporting Divisional research priorities, e.g. strategically important cross-University collaborations, large collaborative research projects and grants activity
- Facilitating research information briefings and application workshops around specific funding mechanisms
- The Divisional allocation of the John Fell OUP Research Fund
Research information for members of SSD departments (link to Oxford-only area)