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Three social scientists at Oxford are amongst 60 successful projects from across Europe that have been awarded European Research Council Consolidator Grants.

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The ERC bestows the Consolidator Grants to outstanding researchers who have a promising scientific track record, and between 7-12 years of experience after the completion of their doctorates.

The three recipients from the Social Sciences Division are:

Prof. Lucie Cluver; Department of Social Policy and InterventionHelping Empower Youth Brought up in Adversity with their Babies and Young children

Prof. Man Yee Kan; Department of Sociology - Temporal structures of gender inequalities in Asian and Western welfare regimes

Dr. Lambros Malafouris; Institute of Archaeology - Handmade: Understanding Creative Gesture in Pottery Making

Oxford received 8 of the 60 awards made this year by the ERC, reflecting the important part that European funding  plays in Oxford’s excellence in social science research. As well as providing vital financial support, it fosters collaboration across European institutions, between academics, researchers and students.

The President of the ERC, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, commented: ‘On behalf of the Scientific Council, I'd like to congratulate the new ERC grant winners. I also express my gratitude to the over 3,000 top scientists and scholars for their pain-staking work, evaluating and identifying the most ambitious proposals submitted to the ERC. The funding will encourage these mid-career scientists to explore further the unknown and develop their most daring ideas at their own initiative. By leaving them freedom, the ERC is enabling breakthroughs. This conditions the capacity of Europe to respond to a number of challenges and to improve the lives of its citizens, if the appropriate policies are adopted.'

The team at the Social Sciences Division would like to congratulate Prof. Cluver, Prof. Kan, and Dr. Malafouris on their successes, and we look forward to sharing more news with you about their work as their projects develop.