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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.

“Kenya's Supreme Court has given an impossible deadline for the repeat election”

“Kenya's Supreme Court has given an impossible deadline for the repeat election”

Law Research The Conversation

The article “Kenya's Supreme Court has given an impossible deadline for the repeat election” has been published on The Conversation.

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).

'An insider's guide to being transgender in prison'

'An insider's guide to being transgender in prison'

Law Research The Conversation

The article An insider's guide to being transgender in prison has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Mia Harris, PhD candidate at the University of Oxford

Teaching excellence in the Social Sciences Division

Teaching excellence in the Social Sciences Division

Business Economics Education Law Politics International Development

The Teaching Awards are an opportunity for the Oxford University Students Union (OUSU) to celebrate tutors, lecturers, supervisors and support staff who go above and beyond their normal duties to deliver exceptionally excellent support to our students and are an important part of OUSU’s work on the academic experience at Oxford.

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.

'How a basic income could help build community in an age of individualism'

'How a basic income could help build community in an age of individualism'

Law Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'How a basic income could help build community in an age of individualism' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Max Harris, DPhil candidate and examination fellow in law, and Alexander E. Kentikelenis, research fellow in politics and sociology.

Oxford announces honorary degrees for 2017

Oxford announces honorary degrees for 2017

Award Law University

Seven eminent figures will be awarded honorary degrees from Oxford University this summer, subject to approval by Congregation. Two of the honorands, Bryan A Stevenson and the Rt Hon Baroness Shirley Williams, will become Doctors of Civil Law.

'What is at stake in the Supreme Court’s Brexit ruling'

'What is at stake in the Supreme Court’s Brexit ruling'

Law Politics The Conversation

The article 'What is at stake in the Supreme Court’s Brexit ruling' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Alison Young, Professor of Public Law at the University of Oxford.

Think twice before trusting a digital assistant to do the shopping

Think twice before trusting a digital assistant to do the shopping

Law Research

Online shopping for Christmas is likely to be very different in the not too distant future. While today we use search engines for information, in the years ahead we will increasingly rely on digital personal assistants, voice-activated digital helpers and our smart phones. These digital helpers will aid our shopping experience and reduce our search time. But these benefits may come at a cost.

Oxford Social Scientists excel at European Research Council applications and awards

Oxford Social Scientists excel at European Research Council applications and awards

Award Research International Development Archaeology Law

Out of the 8 European Research Council Starting Grants secured by the University of Oxford in 2015-2016, 5 were awarded to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the Social Sciences Division.

British prisons must now recognise gender fluid and non-binary inmates

British prisons must now recognise gender fluid and non-binary inmates

Crime Law Research The Conversation

The article 'British prisons must now recognise gender fluid and non-binary inmates' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Mia Harris, PhD candidate in Criminology at the University of Oxford.

Artistic Engagement in Immigration Detention Centres

Artistic Engagement in Immigration Detention Centres

Law Crime Research

Professor Mary Bosworth talks about her research in immigration detention centres and how the experiences that are meaningful to detainees are represented in their artwork.

The future of work

The future of work

Business Internet Law Politics Sociology Research

Technology has always changed employment, but the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence could transform it beyond recognition. Researchers at Oxford are investigating how technology will shape the future of work — and what we can do to ensure everyone benefits.

Professor Nick Barber: Pulling the Article 50 ‘Trigger’: Parliament’s Indispensable Role

Professor Nick Barber: Pulling the Article 50 ‘Trigger’: Parliament’s Indispensable Role

Law Research

Nicholas Barber, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, has written a post on the UK Constitutional Law Association Blog with Tom Hickman, Reader in Public Law at UCL and Barrister at Blackstone Chambers and Jeff King, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws, UCL.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

Law Award Impact

Dr Condry is the joint runner up in the 'Outstanding Impact in Public Policy' category at the ESRC Impact Awards.

Mapping online hate speech

Mapping online hate speech

Law Research

You might think from anecdotal evidence that hate speech on social media by individuals and groups appears quite a lot, but one of first academic studies to examine the empirical data concludes that these extreme forms of speech on Facebook are marginal as compared with total content.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

Law Prize

Dr Rachel Condry has been shortlisted for a prestigious ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize.

Four years on from the first UK police commissioners, it’s time to get ambitious

Four years on from the first UK police commissioners, it’s time to get ambitious

Law Research The Conversation

Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford, comments on the lessons learned four years after the first cohort of 41 police and crime commissioner's (PCC) were elected in November 2012.

New dedicated institute for the study of human rights law

New dedicated institute for the study of human rights law

Law Research

The Faculty of Law in the University of Oxford, already the largest law school in the UK, has announced the creation of a dedicated institute for the study of human rights law.

Google deal: in defence of the taxman

Google deal: in defence of the taxman

Law Research

John Vella, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation (CBT), comments on Google’s tax deal and HMRC.

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