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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.

Interim Head of the Social Sciences Division

Interim Head of the Social Sciences Division

Politics Appointment Social Sciences Division

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.

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.

Oxford welcomes prominent philanthropist to discuss the Yidan Prize for Education Research and Education Development

Oxford welcomes prominent philanthropist to discuss the Yidan Prize for Education Research and Education Development

Social Sciences Division Education Prize

This month Oxford welcomed Mr Charles Chen Yidan, founder of the Yidan Prize Foundation. The visit was part of the Foundation’s world tour to promote the new Yidan Prize in Education Research and Education Development.

Oxford has three new fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

Oxford has three new fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

Award Social Sciences Division

The Academy of Social Sciences has announced that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 84 leading social scientists, including three from the University of Oxford.

Achim Steiner begins tenure as Director of the Oxford Martin School

Achim Steiner begins tenure as Director of the Oxford Martin School

Social Sciences Division

Achim Steiner, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has taken up his new position as Director of the Oxford Martin School.

Social Animals: Live Friday wins prestigious Public Engagement with Research (PER) awards

Social Animals: Live Friday wins prestigious Public Engagement with Research (PER) awards

Award Prize Social Sciences Division

The Social Sciences Division and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology received two Public Engagement with Research (PER) awards at the Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural PER Ceremony. The awards were for LiveFriday: Social Animals, an event held in 2015, which highlighted the depth and breadth of Oxford’s social science research and its impact on people's lives across the world.

The Social Sciences Division seeks new proposals for research incubators

The Social Sciences Division seeks new proposals for research incubators

Social Sciences Division Research Funding

The Division's seeking new proposals for research incubators aligned with the Global Challenges Research Fund themes (GCRF). The incubators will be led by academics with permanent academic/research appointments, interested in driving the development of interdisciplinary research collaborations with colleagues within and outside their own department at Oxford, and in other universities.

Professor Mark Pollard appointed Associate Head of Division (Research)

Social Sciences Division Research Impact

The Social Sciences Division is delighted to announce the appointment from 1 May 2016 of Professor Mark Pollard as Associate Head of Division (Research).

Success in latest league table rankings

Success in latest league table rankings

Social Sciences Division

The latest QS World University Rankings by Subject has placed 11 social science disciplines in the world’s top five, while a total of 13 social science subjects are ranked in the global top 10.

How climate change will affect what we eat in 2050

How climate change will affect what we eat in 2050

Social Sciences Division Research The Conversation

Marco Springmann, a researcher working on an Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food project, comments on the effects of climate change on diets.

Three Oxford academics are new Fellows of Academy of Social Sciences

Three Oxford academics are new Fellows of Academy of Social Sciences

Social Sciences Division

Three Oxford academics have been awarded Academy of Social Sciences Fellowship status. They are Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations; Professor Michael Freeden, Emeritus Professor of Politics; and Professor Jeremy Howells, Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College.

New Oxford Martin School director

New Oxford Martin School director

Social Sciences Division

The University of Oxford has announced the appointment of Achim Steiner as the next Director of the Oxford Martin School, to take over from Professor Ian Goldin, who will step down later this year after ten years as founding Director. Mr Steiner will join the School on 1 September 2016 from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he has been Executive Director since 2006.

Social Sciences Overview

Social Sciences Overview

Social Sciences Division

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?

New research incubator themes launched

New research incubator themes launched

Research Social Sciences Division

Two new research incubator themes, ‘Big data and human development’ and ‘Europe Unbound: geopolitics, economics and communication' were launched today. The aim of the incubators is to build on Oxford’s multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary strengths and strengthen the Division's collaborative research capacity in order to encourage the development of new, cutting-edge research.

Annual Report 2014/15

Annual Report 2014/15

Social Sciences Division Annual Research

The Annual Report this year includes the highlights of the activities of all fourteen departments and two interdivisional centres (the Oxford-Man Institute and the Oxford Martin School) home to the Social Sciences Division.

New Fellows of British Academy announced

New Fellows of British Academy announced

Social Sciences Division Award

Two academics from the Social Sciences Division have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy for their research in the humanities and social sciences.

LiveFriday Social Animals video: LIVE

LiveFriday Social Animals video: LIVE

Social Sciences Division Impact Research

We're proud to present the video from our LiveFriday Social Animals event at the Ashmolean Museum in May 2015.

New funding call from the Oxford Martin School

New funding call from the Oxford Martin School

Social Sciences Division Funding

The Oxford Martin School has opened a call for Expressions of Interest on the theme of Navigating progress: managing the risks and rewards of scientific advances

Oxford Academics on Cross-Government Trial Advice Panel

Oxford Academics on Cross-Government Trial Advice Panel

Social Sciences Division Policy

Professors Catherine De Vries, Raymond Duch and Paul Montgomery to participate in Cross-Government Trial Advice Panel.

ESRC Social Sciences writing competition

ESRC Social Sciences writing competition

Social Sciences Division

What will the social sciences of the future look like? What will research achieve in the next 50 years? Tell ESRC in 800 words or less and you'll be in with a chance to win a cash prize.

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