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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.

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.

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).

Professor Steve Cowley appointed Acting Director of the Oxford Martin School

Professor Steve Cowley appointed Acting Director of the Oxford Martin School

Appointment

Professor Steve Cowley, leading theoretical physicist and President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, has been appointed Acting Director of the Oxford Martin School.

Oxford Social Scientist joins Royal Society Fellowship

Oxford Social Scientist joins Royal Society Fellowship

Geography Appointment

Professor Yadvinder Malhi has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society for his outstanding contribution to science.

Oxford Martin School Director appointed to lead UN Development Programme

Oxford Martin School Director appointed to lead UN Development Programme

Appointment

Oxford Martin School Director Achim Steiner is to take up a pivotal role with the United Nations, leading its drive to eradicate poverty worldwide.

Professor Melinda Mills appointed Council member for the ESRC

Professor Melinda Mills appointed Council member for the ESRC

Sociology Appointment

Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, has appointed Professor Melinda Mills as Council member for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Anthony Venables appointed chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Ifo Institute and CESifo

Anthony Venables appointed chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Ifo Institute and CESifo

Economics Appointment

Professor Anthony Venables CBE, BP Professor of Economics and Director of OxCARRE, has been appointed chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Ifo Institute and CESifo from 2016 to 2019.

Professor Baird appointed Standing Adviser to Education Select Committee

Professor Baird appointed Standing Adviser to Education Select Committee

Education Appointment

Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Director of Oxford’s Department of Education, has been appointed Standing Specialist Adviser on Education to the Select Committee on Education.