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.
22 June 2017
Researchers from two Oxford projects have been awarded prizes for the impact of their findings in the UK and around the world.
3 April 2017
The Academy of Social Sciences has announced today that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 47 leading social scientists, including two from the University of Oxford, John Haskey and Luciano Floridi.
3 January 2017
Oxford University researchers say they have the first robust findings from a large-scale trial on the effects of giving puberty lessons and free sanitary products to girls in African countries. They have found that both the interventions are equally effective in improving girls’ attendance levels at schools.
14 December 2016
The article 'Can't get a GP appointment? Blame George Osborne, not Romanians' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Stuart Gietel-Basten, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford.
23 November 2016
Could a substance found in certain fish improve literacy levels in children – and if so, how? Research from Oxford University's Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention in the Department of Social Policy aims to answer these questions.
16 November 2016
A change in self-defence laws in Florida which gave citizens the right to use lethal force to protect themselves in public has been linked with the state's homicide rates going up by nearly a quarter.
26 September 2016
The article 'It's employment status, not class, that affects mental health' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Lindsay Richards and Marii Paskov at the University of Oxford.
13 September 2016
The article 'Why national fertility campaigns are unlikely to make people have more children' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Stuart Gietel-Basten, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford.
6 June 2016
The article 'Government buries its own research – and that's bad for democracy' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Kathryn Oliver, lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.
4 May 2016
The article 'The link between asthma, stress and depression among South African kids' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Alexa Yakubovich, a doctoral student in the Department for Social Policy and Intervention.
19 April 2016
The article 'Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Claudia Stoicescu, a PhD candidate in social intervention at the University of Oxford.
12 April 2016
Stuart Gietel-Basten, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford, comments on the introduction of new policies to support parents in China who have a second child.
29 March 2016
Stuart Gietel-Basten, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford, comments on worries about “overpopulation”.
29 March 2016
Thees F Spreckelsen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Quantitative Methods, and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Barnett Professor of Comparative Social Policy & Politics, comment on EU migrants in the UK workforce.
14 March 2016
In the inaugural British Academy sociology lecture on 15 March, Oxford sociologist Dr John Goldthorpe will outline why having more educational qualifications than your parents and grandparents has not translated into better social mobility chances for those from less well-off families.
29 February 2016
Young migrants from EU countries have higher employment rates and are less likely to seek jobseeker's allowance than their UK peers, according to study by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention.
12 February 2016
An Oxford University study says while many girls and women stay away from school and work because of the stigma attached to having periods, very little research has been done into whether programmes set up to tackle the problem are actually working.
18 January 2016
An Oxford University study estimates that of all same-sex couples who had formed a civil partnership in England and Wales by mid-2015, one in eight had converted their partnership to a same-sex marriage by that time.