Researchers and donors gather to discuss global challenges

At the beginning of May Head of the Social Sciences Division Sarah Whatmore held an afternoon tea to personally thank selected supporters of social science departments. The guests were invited to a showcase at the Oxford Martin School of some of the cutting-edge and impactful research currently being undertaken by our youngest and brightest academics.

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Professor Whatmore said:

Across the division our supporters have helped shape the way people think about and address pressing challenges such as aid, poverty, conflict, justice, climate change, and sustainable futures. Crucially, they have done so while at the same time providing scholarships for students who would not otherwise be able to study here as well as fellowships for early career academics to transform the world that we live in.

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John Cairns

The researchers who attended were:  

  • Dr Bharath Ganesh, Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute: Hate speech, disinformation, and geopolitics
  • Dr Jonathan Lusthaus, Director of the Human Cybercriminal Project and Commonwealth Bank Fellow, Department of Sociology: Understanding motivations for Cybercrime
  • Dr Ellie Ott, Research Fellow, Rees Centre, Department of Education: Education and care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
  • Dr Sophie Haines, James Martin Fellow and ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow, Instititute for Science, Innovation and Society, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography: Addressing perceptions of climate change
  • Dr Elizabeth Baldwin, Associate Professor in Economics, Department of Economics: Using modern geometry to develop auctions for public goods.