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 July 2017
The article 'Droughts in East Africa: some headway in unpacking what's causing them' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Friederike Otto, Deputy Director and Senior Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and Maarten van Aalst, Director at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and Adjunct Research Scientist at Columbia University.
14 June 2017
The University celebrated its sustainability stars at a prestigious awards event on 12 June, when Professor Mark Pollard, Associate Head of Division (Research), presented gold awards to the Blavatnik School of Government and the School of Geography and the Environment.
8 May 2017
Professor Yadvinder Malhi has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society for his outstanding contribution to science.
3 May 2017
The article 'Getting rich is largely about luck – shame the rich don't want to hear it' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford.
16 March 2017
Oxford Martin School research says claims that natural flood management can improve the worst floods are not supported by scientific evidence. Their research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A concludes that natural measures to manage flooding from rivers can play a valuable role in flood prevention. However, a lack of monitoring means their true potential remains unclear.
9 March 2017
Oxford University has been ranked number one in the world in four subject areas in the latest QS World Rankings by Subject. The University came first in Archaeology, Geography, Anatomy and Physiology, English Language and Literature.
28 February 2017
Researchers from the University’s Department of Engineering Science and the School of Geography and the Environment believe they have discovered a new way of accurately estimating ground water resources in Africa, using low-cost mobile technologies fitted to existing hand pumps.
20 February 2017
Researchers exploring why there has been a substantial increase in mortality in England and Wales in 2015 conclude that failures in the health and social care system linked to disinvestment are likely to be the main cause.
13 January 2017
The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has proposed a new framework for US agencies to use to estimate the 'social cost of carbon dioxide' emissions. Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science at the Environmental Change Institute, helped compile the report which will strengthen the scientific basis and provide greater transparency for US climate policy.
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.
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.
21 December 2016
New research finds local temperatures may play an important role in whether people believe in climate change. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found that of the Americans surveyed, belief that the earth is warming related to the frequency of record-high and record-low temperatures they had experienced themselves.
17 November 2016
Tens of thousands of reindeer are starving to death because heavy rain that later freezes is locking their winter fodder in a thick ice crust. This rising mortality rate also threatens an ancient nomadic culture that depends on the reindeer, says a new study.
16 November 2016
Launched in July this year, Pokémon Go has become a global phenomenon, reaching 500 million downloads within two months of release.
10 October 2016
The article 'Amber Rudd gives us another ill-informed and imprudent attack on international students' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Johanna Waters, Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Oxford.
8 July 2016
Scientists have specified how many deaths can be attributed to man-made climate change during an extreme heatwave in two European cities in 2003.