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Social scientists at Oxford are seeking answers to some of the world’s most important challenges. How can we tackle climate change? What needs to happen to resolve poverty? How should we respond to the economic crises? How should we fight for our human rights? Here we bring you the latest of our major discoveries in the social sciences at Oxford.

Urgent emission reductions needed to achieve 1.5°C warming limit

Urgent emission reductions needed to achieve 1.5°C warming limit

Geography Environment Research

Significant emission reductions are required if we are to achieve one of the key goals of the Paris Agreement, and limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5°C; a new Oxford University partnership warns.

"What’s the best way to integrate immigrants? Reward effort and don’t make their lives difficult"

"What’s the best way to integrate immigrants? Reward effort and don’t make their lives difficult"

Politics Research The Conversation

The article “What's the best way to integrate immigrants? Reward effort and don’t make their lives difficult” has been published on The Conversation.

Low-level radiation less harmful to health than other lifestyle risks

Low-level radiation less harmful to health than other lifestyle risks

Research

Low-level radiation exposure poses less of a health risk than other modern lifestyle threats, such as smoking, obesity and air pollution, according to Oxford University research.

Genes linked with education and fertility depend on when and where you live

Genes linked with education and fertility depend on when and where you live

Sociology Research

Different genes affect educational attainment and fertility in different times and places, according to new research from the University of Oxford.

Monkey tool use threatens prey numbers, say researchers

Monkey tool use threatens prey numbers, say researchers

Archaeology Research

Using tools to search for food is affecting primate prey numbers and could potentially lead to prey species extinction, new Oxford research suggests.

Late surviving Neanderthals ‘much older’ than previously thought

Late surviving Neanderthals ‘much older’ than previously thought

Archaeology Research

Late surviving Neanderthals from Croatia were much older than previously thought, according to new research from the University of Oxford.

“Obsession with growth won't help South Africa's economic recovery”

“Obsession with growth won't help South Africa's economic recovery”

Geography Research The Conversation

The article “Obsession with growth won't help South Africa's economic recovery” has been published on The Conversation.

“New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal”

“New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal”

Area Studies Research The Conversation

The article “New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal” has been published on The Conversation.

“Kenya's Supreme Court has given an impossible deadline for the repeat election”

“Kenya's Supreme Court has given an impossible deadline for the repeat election”

Law Research The Conversation

The article “Kenya's Supreme Court has given an impossible deadline for the repeat election” has been published on The Conversation.

“Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest”

“Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest”

Geography Research The Conversation

The article “Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest” has been published on The Conversation.

“FARC's step towards peace in Colombia must not be met with another 'political genocide'”

“FARC's step towards peace in Colombia must not be met with another 'political genocide'”

Politics Research The Conversation

The article “FARC's step towards peace in Colombia must not be met with another 'political genocide'” has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Jan Boesten, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.

“Now we know most international students go home after their course – their vilification must end”

“Now we know most international students go home after their course – their vilification must end”

Geography Research The Conversation

The article “Now we know most international students go home after their course – their vilification must end” has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Johanna Waters, Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Oxford.

Interim Head of the Social Sciences Division

Interim Head of the Social Sciences Division

Politics Appointment Social Sciences Division

Neil MacFarlane, the Lester B Pearson Professor of International Relations, has been appointed interim Head of the Social Sciences Division. Professor MacFarlane will replace Professor Roger Goodman, who will be taking a new role as the sixth Warden of St Anthony's College.

Abdul Raufu Mustapha

Abdul Raufu Mustapha

International Development

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Associate Professor of African Politics in the Department of International Development and a much valued and respected colleague, teacher and friend.

Calculating the value of technology start-ups

Calculating the value of technology start-ups

International Development Research

Researchers at Oxford University have developed a novel way of determining the value of new technologies in the information and communications sector, filling a significant gap in existing methods and potentially creating a decision-making tool for investors.

'Major sports events: are they worth it?'

'Major sports events: are they worth it?'

Business Research The Conversation

The article 'Major sports events: are they worth it?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by John Varano, Researcher at the University of Oxford – Saïd Business School.

Cybercriminals are not as anonymous as we think

Cybercriminals are not as anonymous as we think

Sociology Research

Understanding a cybercriminal’s backstory - where they live, what they do and who they know, is key to cracking cybercrime, new research suggests.

'How artificial intelligence conquered democracy'

'How artificial intelligence conquered democracy'

Internet Research The Conversation

The article 'How artificial intelligence conquered democracy' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Vyacheslav W. Polonski, Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute.

'Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement'

'Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement'

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at the University of Oxford.

Flexible men result in successful women

Flexible men result in successful women

Sociology Research

Women whose partners take advantage of flexible working hours see a significant increase in their own earnings.

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