Professor Jonathan Gershuny, FBA, Professor of Economic Sociology, Co-Director of the Centre for Time Use Research in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, is appointed CBE for services to the social sciences and sociology. His research, which focuses on how people spend their time, aims to provide new answers to pressing questions about the evolution of the balance between work and leisure and between paid and unpaid work, the implications of such changes for health and wellbeing, and how they vary by country, age, gender and possession of material resources. Professor Gershuny said: 'This award reflects a very long-term effort – I started this in 1977 – to collect nationally representative samples of diaries that I could use to estimate historical changes in work and leisure patterns across the world. I am really pleased that the Centre for Time Use Research in Oxford University's Sociology Department is now receiving this public recognition!'
Generous supporters of the University are also among those honoured. The entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley, FREng, founding donor of the Oxford Internet Institute, is appointed Companion of Honour for services to the IT industry and philanthropy. The philanthropist and industrialist Leonard Blavatnik, founding benefactor of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, is knighted for services to philanthropy. In 2010 he gave £75m to establish the School, the UK's first school of government, with a mission to inspire and support better government and public policy around the world.