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Two members of the Division were recognised in the 2016 New Year honours, announced on 30 December.

Professor Linda McDowell, Professor of Human Geography and Fellow of St John’s College, has been appointed CBE for services to geography and higher education. She is an economic geographer interested in the connections between economic restructuring, labour market change and class and gender divisions in the United Kingdom. She has been at the forefront in the development of feminist perspectives on contemporary social and economic change, as well as in the development of feminist methodologies and pedagogic practices. She has published widely in both geographical and feminist journals and is the author or editor of numerous books, including Capital Culture (Blackwell, 1997), Gender, Identity and Place (Polity, 1999), Redundant Masculinities? (Blackwell, 2003), Hard Labour: The Forgotten Voices of Latvian Volunteer Workers (UCL Press, 2005) and Working Bodies: Interactive Service Employment and Workplace Identities (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). Professor McDowell has a long-standing commitment to the diffusion of the social sciences and in her career to date has taught both conventional and adult students across a range of subjects, including social policy, urban and women's studies as well as geography. She is committed to encouraging students to read geography at university and is a member of the Equalities Committee at St John's College. Commenting on the honour, she said: ‘To be able to spend a career doing research into women and men's working lives has been a pleasure. In several universities I have collaborated with some inspiring scholars as well as taught a generation and more of students. This honour is for all of them as much as for me.’

Ms Fran Bennett, Senior Research and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, has been appointed OBE for services to social science. She has a particular interest in social security policy, gender issues, and poverty, income distribution and participation. In addition to her role at Oxford, she is also an independent consultant, and has written extensively on social policy issues for the UK government, non-governmental organisations and others. She is one of the UK independent experts on social inclusion for the European Commission. Ms Bennett previously worked for the Child Poverty Action Group from 1983-93, as deputy director and then director, and in the late 1990s was policy advisor on UK and EU poverty issues for Oxfam GB. She is an active member of the Women's Budget Group. Her recent research projects include a study of the interaction between within-household inequalities and policy on tax and benefits in the UK in a project in the ESRC-funded Gender Equality Network (2002-10) and an evidence and policy review on gender and poverty written, with Professor Mary Daly, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's anti-poverty strategies programme.