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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.

Urgent emission reductions needed to achieve 1.5°C warming limit

Urgent emission reductions needed to achieve 1.5°C warming limit

Geography Environment Research

Significant emission reductions are required if we are to achieve one of the key goals of the Paris Agreement, and limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5°C; a new Oxford University partnership warns.

“Obsession with growth won't help South Africa's economic recovery”

“Obsession with growth won't help South Africa's economic recovery”

Geography Research The Conversation

The article “Obsession with growth won't help South Africa's economic recovery” has been published on The Conversation.

“Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest”

“Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest”

Geography Research The Conversation

The article “Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest” has been published on The Conversation.

“Now we know most international students go home after their course – their vilification must end”

“Now we know most international students go home after their course – their vilification must end”

Geography Research The Conversation

The article “Now we know most international students go home after their course – their vilification must end” has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Johanna Waters, Associate Professor in Human Geography 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.

Sustainability Showcase salutes University’s green progress

Sustainability Showcase salutes University’s green progress

Geography Government Award

The University celebrated its sustainability stars at a prestigious awards event on 12 June, when Professor Mark Pollard, Associate Head of Division (Research), presented gold awards to the Blavatnik School of Government and the School of Geography and the Environment.

Athena SWAN success

Athena SWAN success

Geography Law Award

The School of Geography and the Environment and the Faculty of Law have both achieved Bronze Athena SWAN awards.

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.

'Getting rich is largely about luck – shame the rich don't want to hear it'

'Getting rich is largely about luck – shame the rich don't want to hear it'

Geography Research The Conversation

The article 'Getting rich is largely about luck – shame the rich don't want to hear it' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford.

Natural measures to prevent floods are not a 'silver bullet'

Natural measures to prevent floods are not a 'silver bullet'

Geography Research

Oxford Martin School research says claims that natural flood management can improve the worst floods are not supported by scientific evidence. Their research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A concludes that natural measures to manage flooding from rivers can play a valuable role in flood prevention. However, a lack of monitoring means their true potential remains unclear.

Success in latest league table rankings

Success in latest league table rankings

Award Archaeology Geography

Oxford University has been ranked number one in the world in four subject areas in the latest QS World Rankings by Subject. The University came first in Archaeology, Geography, Anatomy and Physiology, English Language and Literature.

'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security

'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security

Geography Research

Researchers from the University’s Department of Engineering Science and the School of Geography and the Environment believe they have discovered a new way of accurately estimating ground water resources in Africa, using low-cost mobile technologies fitted to existing hand pumps.

'30,000 excess deaths in 2015 linked to cuts in health and social care'

'30,000 excess deaths in 2015 linked to cuts in health and social care'

Geography Research

Researchers exploring why there has been a substantial increase in mortality in England and Wales in 2015 conclude that failures in the health and social care system linked to disinvestment are likely to be the main cause.

Measuring the ‘true social cost’ of carbon dioxide emissions

Measuring the ‘true social cost’ of carbon dioxide emissions

Environment Geography Research

The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has proposed a new framework for US agencies to use to estimate the 'social cost of carbon dioxide' emissions. Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science at the Environmental Change Institute, helped compile the report which will strengthen the scientific basis and provide greater transparency for US climate policy.

'Are the rich really getter poorer and the poor getting richer?'

'Are the rich really getter poorer and the poor getting richer?'

Geography Economics Research The Conversation

The article 'Are the rich really getter poorer and the poor getting richer?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford.

Oxford Social Scientists awarded prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants

Oxford Social Scientists awarded prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants

Funding Research Economics Geography Politics

Three researchers in the Social Sciences Division have been awarded highly competitive European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants. The ERC bestows the grants to outstanding researchers who have a promising scientific track record, and between 7-12 years of experience after the completion of their doctorates.

'Belief in climate change found to be influenced by the local weather'

'Belief in climate change found to be influenced by the local weather'

Geography Research

New research finds local temperatures may play an important role in whether people believe in climate change. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found that of the Americans surveyed, belief that the earth is warming related to the frequency of record-high and record-low temperatures they had experienced themselves.

Reindeer deaths in the Arctic linked with retreating sea ice

Reindeer deaths in the Arctic linked with retreating sea ice

Geography Research

Tens of thousands of reindeer are starving to death because heavy rain that later freezes is locking their winter fodder in a thick ice crust. This rising mortality rate also threatens an ancient nomadic culture that depends on the reindeer, says a new study.

What can Pokémon Go teach the world of conservation?

What can Pokémon Go teach the world of conservation?

Geography Research

Launched in July this year, Pokémon Go has become a global phenomenon, reaching 500 million downloads within two months of release.

Researchers Awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Researchers Awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Award Research Anthropology Economics Geography

Dr Susana Carvalho, Professor Kalina Manova and Professor Mark Graham have each been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

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