Oxford's social scientists recognised at ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2021

The outstanding societal impact of three teams of Oxford social scientists has been celebrated at the ESRC's prestigious Celebrating Impact Prize 2021

The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize celebrates the achievements of ESRC-funded researchers in enabling outstanding economic or societal impact from excellent research.

Professor Timothy Power, Head of the Social Sciences Division, said, 'I am delighted for all our winners and finalists in the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize - this is wonderful news, and richly deserved recognition of the profound difference these teams are making in the world through their rigorous research and their engagement with non-academic partners.'

Our warmest congratulations to the winners and finalists in this year's Prize:

Professor Alexander Betts, Evan Easton-Calabria, and Kate Pincock from the Refugee Studies Centre were named winners of the Outstanding International Impact award for their 'Refugee-Led Social Protection During COVID-19’. Watch the ESRC's film about their impact below:


Professor Lucie Cluver, Dr Jamie Lachman, Dr Ohad Green, Dr Isang Awah, and Dr Inge Wessels from the Department of Social Policy & Intervention, and their colleagues Dr Franziska Meinck (University of Edinburgh), Janina Steinert (University of Goettingen) and Professor Lorraine Sherr MBE (University College London), were named winners of the Panel’s Choice Award for their project 'COVID-19 Parenting Emergency Response’, having supported more than 197 million families globally. Watch the ESRC's film about their impact below:

Dr Sarah Spencer, Jacqueline Broadhead, Nicola Delvino and Denis Kierans from COMPAS were also amongst the finalists for the Celebrating Impact Prize for their project supporting European and UK cities to integrate newcomers and vulnerable migrants. Watch the ESRC's film about their impact below: