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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.

'Major sports events: are they worth it?'

'Major sports events: are they worth it?'

Business Research The Conversation

The article 'Major sports events: are they worth it?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by John Varano, Researcher at the University of Oxford – Saïd Business School.

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).

'Tasked with implementing Brexit, the British civil service faces immense change and uncertainty'

'Tasked with implementing Brexit, the British civil service faces immense change and uncertainty'

Business Research The Conversation

The article 'Tasked with implementing Brexit, the British civil service faces immense change and uncertainty' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by John Varano, a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford.

Oxford Saïd’s IT team wins Cloud Project Of The Year at the 2017 Real IT Awards

Oxford Saïd’s IT team wins Cloud Project Of The Year at the 2017 Real IT Awards

Business Award

Oxford Saïd has won the Cloud Project Of The Year at the 2017 Real IT Awards, picking up the prestigious award at a ceremony in London on May 11th. The team was also named as runner up overall which is judged from all the 20 category winners, and picked up the runner up award for the IT Team of the Year.

Teaching excellence in the Social Sciences Division

Teaching excellence in the Social Sciences Division

Business Economics Education Law Politics International Development

The Teaching Awards are an opportunity for the Oxford University Students Union (OUSU) to celebrate tutors, lecturers, supervisors and support staff who go above and beyond their normal duties to deliver exceptionally excellent support to our students and are an important part of OUSU’s work on the academic experience at Oxford.

'Better data needed' on measures of sustainability in business

'Better data needed' on measures of sustainability in business

Business Research

Oxford research shows increasing numbers of investors want better reporting on the environmental, social and governmental (ESG) factors that affect performance so they can make more informed decisions on where to put their money. These factors are the main way of measuring the sustainability and ethical effect of an investment in a company or business.

Detecting counterfeit medicines

Detecting counterfeit medicines

Business Research

Bernard Naughton and Dr David Brindley from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and Medical Sciences Division discuss the problems of identifying fake, substandard and expired medicines.

The Uber effect: 'Drivers' wages are cut but there is more work'

The Uber effect: 'Drivers' wages are cut but there is more work'

Research Policy Business

A new working paper from the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford reveals the effect of the app, Uber, on conventional taxi-driving services in US cities. Since its inception in 2010, few inventions have caused more controversy. In Europe, taxi drivers have rebelled following its introduction, and courts have banned or restricted its services.

New Year's Honours 2017

New Year's Honours 2017

Award Prize Business Education

Members of the Social Sciences Division have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list for 2017.

Oxford Saïd receives the 2016 Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award for cutting-edge approach to business education

Oxford Saïd receives the 2016 Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award for cutting-edge approach to business education

Business Award

Peter Tufano, Dean of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford has been awarded the 2016 Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award, with a Special Award Distinction for Institutional Leadership.

China’s infrastructure investments ‘threaten its economic growth’

China’s infrastructure investments ‘threaten its economic growth’

Business Research

A new study by the Saïd Business School finds that low-quality infrastructure investments pose significant risk to the Chinese and the global economy. It argues that over half of the infrastructure investments in China have destroyed rather than generated economic value.

The future of work

The future of work

Business Internet Law Politics Sociology Research

Technology has always changed employment, but the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence could transform it beyond recognition. Researchers at Oxford are investigating how technology will shape the future of work — and what we can do to ensure everyone benefits.

New Internet of Things Research Hub Announced

New Internet of Things Research Hub Announced

Internet Business Research

Oxford's Participation in the Consortium Led by the E-Research Centre and the Oxford Internet Institute (OII).

New CEOs who 'talk the talk' drive up stock prices

New CEOs who 'talk the talk' drive up stock prices

Business Research

New chief executives, especially those appointed from outside an organisation, can see the company's stock price soar if they present their strategy to investors in their first 100 days, new research from Oxford has discovered. But the effects are lessened if the CEO was an internal appointment or if the presentation is delayed too long.

‘$20 billion of hidden fees charged by private equity firms’

‘$20 billion of hidden fees charged by private equity firms’

Business Research

Private equity firms have charged hidden fees amounting to $20 billion to companies, while some of the firms’ partners have sat on the companies' board of directors, according to a new study.

Taxes on profit create high social costs

Taxes on profit create high social costs

Business Research

New research from the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation estimates that for every £100 of corporation tax collected by HMRC, there is a cost to society as high as £29.

Why we buy so much for Christmas

Why we buy so much for Christmas

Research Business

The mindset of shoppers can be divided into two groups, say researchers: those focused on avoiding risk and opportunity-seekers who respond to messages about maximising pleasure.