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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.

Oxford Social Scientists awarded prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants Gunnar Pippel

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Ben Ansell, Professor of Comparative Democratisation in the Department of Politics and International Relations has been awarded €1,696,109 over five years to fund a research project called “The Politics of Wealth Inequality and Mobility in the Twenty-First Century."

Dr Richard Powell, Associate Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography and the Environment has been awarded €1,996,250 over five years to fund a research project called “Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands.”

Kalina Manova, Associate Professor in Economics in Oxfords Department of Economics has been awarded €1,462,304 over five years to fund a research project called “ Global Firms and Global Value Chains: Measurement and Mechanisms.”

ERC Consolidator Awards have become increasingly competitive, and these awards acknowledge the calibre of our promising researchers, enabling us to support their development as the next generation of research leaders by consolidating their own independent research team or programme." 
Professor Roger Goodman

Commenting on this success Professor Roger Goodman, Head of the Social Sciences Division, said: "ERC Consolidator Awards have become increasingly competitive, and these awards acknowledge the calibre of our promising researchers, enabling us to support their development as the next generation of research leaders by consolidating their own independent research team or programme. I would like to congratulate the researchers on their success, and wish them all the best in their continued research."

The Social Sciences Division is committed to supporting prospective candidates with their funding applications, Staff in the Research and Impact team can offer briefings on the funding landscape; workshops focusing on how to write strong research proposals; feedback on funding applications and individual advice on specific funding schemes; mock interviews and peer-review for research projects.