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.
14 June 2017
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.
26 May 2017
The first annual Kyoto Prize at Oxford event took place on the 9th and 10th May, with lectures from all three 2016 Kyoto Prize laureates at the Blavatnik School of Government.
20 April 2017
The article 'Budget explainer: the federal-state battle for funding' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Adam Webster, Departmental Lecturer in Law and Public Policy at the University of Oxford.
20 March 2017
Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron explained the mission of a new LSE-Oxford commission that he will chair. At its launch last night in London, he said the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development would 'set out the road map of recovery for fragile states'.
2 March 2017
Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a commission to guide policy on economic growth in fragile and conflict situations, with Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and the LSE (London School of Economics).
16 November 2016
The University has announced a new development in its Digital Education Strategy: a partnership with edX which means that, as from today, people can start to enrol for its first massive open online course.
8 November 2016
Dr Tom Hale talks about how Galvanising the Groundswell of Climate Actions has been able to help build a productive interaction between cities, companies and other actors taking action on climate change and the UN negotiation process.
8 November 2016
Sir Tony Atkinson, an economist who has pioneered thinking on inequality and welfare economics, presented his report of the Commission on Global Poverty at a launch in Oxford.
14 July 2016
Two Oxford University buildings have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.
17 May 2016
The article 'Why is the academic consensus on the cost of Brexit being ignored?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Simon Wren-Lewis, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.
11 May 2016
On Wednesday, 11 May, HRH The Duke of Cambridge visited the University of Oxford to formally open the home of the Blavatnik School of Government where he met students and staff. He also unveiled a plaque to mark the major redevelopment of the Bodleian's Weston Library and visited students at Magdalen, one of the University’s oldest colleges, where he officially opened its new Longwall Library.
23 March 2016
The UK Cabinet Office has announced a new five-year partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government to establish a centre of excellence for innovative public sector commissioning.
22 January 2016
Ademola Adenle, Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, comments on energy and economic growth in Nigeria.
4 January 2016
Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and Astrid Haas, Country Economist for South Sudan and Uganda at LSE, comment on Uganda’s economy.
11 December 2015
Ademola Adenle, Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and John Morton, Professor of Development Anthropology at the University of Greenwich, comment in The Conversation on adaptation to the impacts of climate change in Africa.
22 October 2015
Tom Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, comments in The Conversation about the ethics of US drone strike operations.