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The WHO proposes to designate Oxford's Social Science Division as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Social Protection and Governance of Health under the leadership of David Stuckler, Professor of Political Economy and Sociology.

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The Division will become part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the WHO.

Having the Collaborating Centre for Social Protection and Governance for Health located in Oxford represents an added value to the WHO in delivering for people-centred health systems, strengthened intersectoral action for health and well-being, and models of excellence in leadership and governance for health; all of these are core themes of Health 2020, the new European health policy framework which aims to support action across government and society to significantly improve the health and well-being of populations, reduce health inequalities, strengthen public health and ensure people-centred health systems that are universal, equitable, sustainable and of high quality.