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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.

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).

Oxford social scientists win ESRC prize for outstanding impact

Oxford social scientists win ESRC prize for outstanding impact

Anthropology Social Policy Prize

Researchers from two Oxford projects have been awarded prizes for the impact of their findings in the UK and around the world.

Two Oxford academics honoured by Academy of Social Sciences

Two Oxford academics honoured by Academy of Social Sciences

Social Sciences Division Internet Social Policy

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.

Ugandan schoolgirls stay in lessons when helped with periods

Ugandan schoolgirls stay in lessons when helped with periods

Social Policy Research

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.

'Can’t get a GP appointment? Blame George Osborne, not Romanians'

'Can’t get a GP appointment? Blame George Osborne, not Romanians'

Social Policy Research The Conversation

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.

Feeding the Mind – With Oily Fish

Feeding the Mind – With Oily Fish

Social Policy Research

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.

Florida's homicide rates rise after 'Stand Your Ground' self-defence law

Florida's homicide rates rise after 'Stand Your Ground' self-defence law

Social Policy Research

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.

It’s employment status, not class, that affects mental health

It’s employment status, not class, that affects mental health

Social Policy Research The Conversation

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.

Why national fertility campaigns are unlikely to make people have more children

Why national fertility campaigns are unlikely to make people have more children

Social Policy Research The Conversation

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.

Government buries its own research – and that’s bad for democracy

Government buries its own research – and that’s bad for democracy

Social Policy Research The Conversation

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.

The link between asthma, stress and depression among South African kids

The link between asthma, stress and depression among South African kids

Social Policy Research The Conversation

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.

Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate

Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate

Social Policy Research The Conversation

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.

How China is rolling out the red carpet for couples who have more than one child

How China is rolling out the red carpet for couples who have more than one child

Social Policy Research The Conversation

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.

Japan is not the only country worrying about population decline – get used to a two-speed world

Japan is not the only country worrying about population decline – get used to a two-speed world

Social Policy Research The Conversation

Stuart Gietel-Basten, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford, comments on worries about “overpopulation”.

Hard Evidence: how integrated are young EU migrants into the UK workforce?

Hard Evidence: how integrated are young EU migrants into the UK workforce?

Social Policy Research The Conversation

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.

Decades of educational expansion 'had little effect on social mobility'

Decades of educational expansion 'had little effect on social mobility'

Social Policy Research

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.

Young EU migrants more likely to be in work than their UK peers

Young EU migrants more likely to be in work than their UK peers

Social Policy Research

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.

How best to tackle the stigma of menstruation?

How best to tackle the stigma of menstruation?

Social Policy Research

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.

'No rush for same-sex weddings when compared with civil partnerships'

'No rush for same-sex weddings when compared with civil partnerships'

Social Policy Research

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.

New Year Honours 2016

New Year Honours 2016

Geography Social Policy Award

Two members of the Division were recognised in the 2016 New Year honours, announced on 30 December.

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