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.
12 May 2017
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.
10 April 2017
The article 'Inside the world's largest higher education boom' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Katherine Stapleton, PhD student in the Department of Economics.
29 March 2017
UK workers are being illegally denied access to justice, according to Oxford academics in a forthcoming article in the journal, Modern Law Review. Their conclusions support an ongoing legal challenge to the employment tribunal fees regime, heard by the Supreme Court this week.
11 January 2017
The article 'Are the rich really getter poorer and the poor getting richer?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford.
11 January 2017
The article 'It’s official: inequality, climate change and social polarisation are bad for you' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Jonathan Michie, Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange at the University of Oxford.
6 January 2017
Sir Tony Atkinson, Professor of Economics and a former Warden of Nuffield College, who died on 1 January 2017, has been called 'the godfather of modern scholarship on the distribution of income and wealth' by fellow economist Thomas Piketty. Sir Andrew Dilnot Warden of Nuffield said he would be remembered for his 'belief that things could be done to improve the world'.
4 January 2017
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.
Anthony Venables appointed chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Ifo Institute and CESifo
30 November 2016
Professor Anthony Venables CBE, BP Professor of Economics and Director of OxCARRE, has been appointed chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Ifo Institute and CESifo from 2016 to 2019.
11 October 2016
Ferdinand Rauch's analysis of the London Tube strike in 2014 found that despite the inconvenience to tens of thousands of people, the strike actually produced a net economic benefit, due to the number of people who found more efficient ways to get to work.
3 August 2016
Economists from the University of Oxford have come up with a novel approach for measuring global poverty – counting the number of people who live in darkness at night.
1 July 2016
The article 'Small firms can provide jobs, but big firms are the key to economic growth in Africa' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Francis Teal, a Research Associate in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford.
27 January 2016
Francis Teal, Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, comments on the differences that exist in the productivity of manufacturing firms in different countries.
15 September 2015
New analysis of the London Tube strike in February 2014 finds that it enabled a sizeable fraction of commuters to find better routes to work, and actually produced a net economic benefit due to the number of people who found more efficient ways to get to work.