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Almost every day, social scientists in Oxford influence the public debates around climate change, poverty, the economic crisis, and political analysis, as well as many other key issues affecting all of us. Here you'll find some of the recent media coverage involving our Oxford Social Scientists.

 30 June 

 Selecting a know-all chief executive is just plain dumb

Financial Times, 30/06/2015, p.12, Andrew Hill

Article on the myth of the omniscient chief executive says that the best bosses do not spend hours alone wrestling with business problems. When academics from Warwick and Oxford Saïd business schools followed leaders in the healthcare sector for a study published in the latest MIT Sloan Management Review, they found that each built a “personal knowledge infrastructure”, which consisted of many elements. This infrastructure includes time for thought — one health manager had what he called a “train pile” of research that he could read while travelling. But it also allows for visits to the wards in off-hours to spot problems, analysis of a data “dashboard” of corporate performance and consultations with an inner circle of colleagues.

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Goodbye London: why people are leaving the capital 

The Guardian online, 29/06/2015, Rafael Behr

Article on inequality in London notes research by Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig of Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment. Using over three decades of census data, they identified an hourglass shape in London’s income distribution – bulging at the top and bottom. The number of poor households and very rich ones has risen by 80%; the middle has shrunk by 43%.

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The government’s priorities are the strangest whims

The Guardian, 30/06/2015, p.35, Danny Dorling

Article on the government’s education policies by Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford.

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Radio: Today, BBC Radio 4

30/06/2015, 07:05

Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, who has advised the IMF in the past, comments on the Eurozone crisis and the potential impact of Greece being unable to repay the next instalment of its IMF loan.

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No One Will Seem a Winner When All Is Said and Done

The Wall Street Journal (Europe), 30/06/2015, p.7, Stephen Fidler

Article on the Greek crisis includes comment from Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European studies at Oxford University. 

EU leaders chance to create good history

Financial Times online, 30/06/2015

Letter: Professor Frances Stewart, Oxford Department of International Development, is co-signatory to a call on European leaders to enable Greece to pay its €1.6bn debt to the IMF and to make a fresh start.

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