Alumni Meet Our Researchers Tackling Global Challenges

Social Sciences lunch at alumni weekend

The Social Sciences Division invited alumni to meet some of our brightest research stars for lunch as part of the University's annual Alumni Weekend. 

Professor Sarah Whatmore talks to alumni at the alumni weekend


















Alumni from all departments of the University joined us at the Maths Institute to hear researchers talk about the work they are doing to tackle global challenges. Professor Sarah Whatmore, Head of the Social Sciences Division, welcomed the guests and introduced the varied areas of research represented on the day. 

Thank you to the researchers who spoke so passionately, and to all of the guests who showed support for the work of the Division by asking so many interesting questions. To find out more about the research of the speakers, the projects are listed below.

Dr Phil Grünewald, Environmental Change Institute - Keeping the lights on: Energy Demand and Flexibility in a low carbon system

Dr Robin Harding, Department of Politics and International Relations - Democracy and Development in Africa

Dr Sandra Wachter, Oxford Internet Institute - Me, myself and AI: privacy, fairness, and accountability in an algorithmic world

Dr Alex Teytelboym, Department of Economics - Creating intelligent systems to resettle refugees more efficiently

Dr Alison Cullinane, Department of Education - Beyond Bunsen burners and test tubes - Project Calibrate, the future of practical science

Dr Elizabeth Nye, Department of Social Policy and Intervention - Promoting Mental Health in Schools

Dr Yulia Shenderovich, Department of Social Policy and Intervention - Improving child and family wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries

Dr John Pouncett, School of Archaeology - The Living Dead: Archaeology, Identity and Place

Dr James Robson, Department of Education - Destinations, destinations, destinations: is there more to the value of Higher Education than labour market returns


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