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.
15 September 2017
The article “What's the best way to integrate immigrants? Reward effort and don’t make their lives difficult” has been published on The Conversation.
30 August 2017
The article “FARC's step towards peace in Colombia must not be met with another 'political genocide'” has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Jan Boesten, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.
24 August 2017
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.
23 June 2017
The article 'Online news is highly polarised in some countries – but technology's not to blame' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Richard Fletcher, a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
9 June 2017
The article 'UK election exit poll puts Conservatives short of a majority: experts react' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by a range of academics including James Tilley, Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford.
2 June 2017
'The campaign to save Mexico's vaquita porpoise faces the same problems as the War on Drugs' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by J Alejandro Espinosa Herrera, DPhil Candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford.
20 May 2017
The article Fact Check: if 30% more people under 25 vote, could the Conservatives lose the election? has been published on The Conversation. It was written by James Tilley, Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and Benjamin Bowman, Teaching Fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Bath.
12 May 2017
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.
20 April 2017
Petra Schleiter, Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, draws on recent research to analyse how voters will react to Theresa May's decision to call a snap election on 8 June.
20 April 2017
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded membership of its 2017 class to two Oxford academics.
6 April 2017
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.
31 March 2017
The article 'How understanding animals can help us make the most of artificial intelligence' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Heather Roff, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.
30 March 2017
Karma Nabulsi, professor of politics at the University of Oxford, is The Guardian Higher Education Network’s 2017 Inspiring Leader award winner.
24 February 2017
New research suggests that while class voting dominated British party politics for much of the post-war period, many working class voters no longer identify the Labour party as 'their' party. It suggests that this is because party policies, and the politicians’ rhetoric and social background changed radically in the 1990s and no longer appealed directly to the working class voter.
30 January 2017
New online teaching materials focused on the subject of the Palestinian national liberation movement and its revolution in the 50s, 60s and 70s have been launched by the University's Department of Politics and International Relations. The web platform is the result of a five-year research project funded by the British Academy.
27 January 2017
A new paper in Science says field research on the ground with youths engaged in violent extremism or susceptible to it is needed to improve the West's understanding of terrorist groups like Islamic State and Al Qaeda. The paper says to be successful, such research would have to be properly funded and totally independent of governmental interference.
20 January 2017
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.
17 January 2017
The article 'Trump’s undiplomatic Twitter diplomacy isn’t a joke – it’s a catastrophic risk' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Jennifer Cassidy, DPhil candidate in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, and Brian Klaas, LSE Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science
4 January 2017
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.