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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.

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

Law 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.

Oxford academics elected British Academy Fellows

Oxford academics elected British Academy Fellows

Law Business Government Social Policy Appointment

Eight Oxford academics have been made Fellows of the British Academy today (21 July).

Face-to-face bullying more common than cyberbullying among teenagers

Face-to-face bullying more common than cyberbullying among teenagers

Internet Research

Despite the growth of social media, the internet and their central role in modern childhood, traditional bullying – such as name-calling or being excluded by others – remains considerably more common than cyberbullying, according to the largest study of its kind published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal.

'What's behind the sudden rise in measles deaths in Europe?'

'What's behind the sudden rise in measles deaths in Europe?'

Research The Conversation

The article 'What's behind the sudden rise in measles deaths in Europe?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Samantha Vanderslott, a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Vaccine Group and the Oxford Martin School and Anita Milicic, a senior postdoctoral scientist at the University of Oxford.

'Droughts in East Africa: some headway in unpacking what's causing them'

'Droughts in East Africa: some headway in unpacking what's causing them'

Geography Research The Conversation

The article 'Droughts in East Africa: some headway in unpacking what's causing them' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Friederike Otto, Deputy Director and Senior Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and Maarten van Aalst, Director at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and Adjunct Research Scientist at Columbia University.

'G20 summit: who will take the US's place as a global leader?'

'G20 summit: who will take the US's place as a global leader?'

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'G20 summit: who will take the US's place as a global leader?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Tristen Naylor, Departmental Lecturer in Diplomatic Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID).

'Nearly half of the world's poor are now children – that's 689m young people'

'Nearly half of the world's poor are now children – that's 689m young people'

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'Nearly half of the world's poor are now children – that's 689m young people' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Felipe Roa-Clavijo, a doctoral candidate in International Development a the University of Oxford.

'How conspiracy theories feed political fragmentation'

'How conspiracy theories feed political fragmentation'

Sociology Research The Conversation

The article 'How conspiracy theories feed political fragmentation' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Turkay Salim Nefes, Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Oxford.

Online hillforts atlas maps all 4,147 in Britain and Ireland for the first time

Online hillforts atlas maps all 4,147 in Britain and Ireland for the first time

Archaeology Research

Dotted across the landscape of Britain and Ireland, hillforts have been part of our story for millennia and for the first time a new online atlas launched today captures all of their locations and key details in one place.

The Oxford Martin School and the Museum of the History of Science win Public Engagement Award

The Oxford Martin School and the Museum of the History of Science win Public Engagement Award

Award Public Engagement Research

The Oxford Martin School and the Museum of the History of Science have won a Project Award in this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards, which celebrate public engagement work across the University. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 28 June hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.

Gary Lock wins Public Engagement Award for Citizen Science project - The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland

Gary Lock wins Public Engagement Award for Citizen Science project - The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland

Archaeology Award Public Engagement Research

A project run by Professor Gary Lock has won an award in this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards, which celebrate public engagement work across the University. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 28 June hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.

'Tasked with implementing Brexit, the British civil service faces immense change and uncertainty'

'Tasked with implementing Brexit, the British civil service faces immense change and uncertainty'

Business Research The Conversation

The article 'Tasked with implementing Brexit, the British civil service faces immense change and uncertainty' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by John Varano, a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford.

'Online news is highly polarised in some countries – but technology is not to blame'

'Online news is highly polarised in some countries – but technology is not to blame'

Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'Online news is highly polarised in some countries – but technology's not to blame' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Richard Fletcher, a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Oxford social scientists win ESRC prize for outstanding impact

Oxford social scientists win ESRC prize for outstanding impact

Anthropology Social Policy Prize

Researchers from two Oxford projects have been awarded prizes for the impact of their findings in the UK and around the world.

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