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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.

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).

Academic recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Academic recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Sociology Internet Government Award

The pioneering work of Professor Jonathan Gershuny has been recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Sustainability Showcase salutes University’s green progress

Sustainability Showcase salutes University’s green progress

Geography Government Award

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.

Great thinkers come together for the first Kyoto Prize at Oxford event

Great thinkers come together for the first Kyoto Prize at Oxford event

Government Prize

The first annual Kyoto Prize at Oxford event took place on the 9th and 10th May, with lectures from all three 2016 Kyoto Prize laureates at the Blavatnik School of Government.

'Budget explainer: the federal-state battle for funding'

'Budget explainer: the federal-state battle for funding'

Government Research The Conversation

The article 'Budget explainer: the federal-state battle for funding' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Adam Webster, Departmental Lecturer in Law and Public Policy at the University of Oxford.

New LSE-Oxford commission launched by David Cameron

New LSE-Oxford commission launched by David Cameron

Government Policy Research

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron explained the mission of a new LSE-Oxford commission that he will chair. At its launch last night in London, he said the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development would 'set out the road map of recovery for fragile states'.

David Cameron is chair of new LSE-Oxford commission

David Cameron is chair of new LSE-Oxford commission

Government

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a commission to guide policy on economic growth in fragile and conflict situations, with Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and the LSE (London School of Economics).

Oxford announces its partnership with edX and its first MOOC

Oxford announces its partnership with edX and its first MOOC

Government Teaching

The University has announced a new development in its Digital Education Strategy: a partnership with edX which means that, as from today, people can start to enrol for its first massive open online course.

Uniting cities and companies to tackle climate change

Uniting cities and companies to tackle climate change

Research Government

Dr Tom Hale talks about how Galvanising the Groundswell of Climate Actions has been able to help build a productive interaction between cities, companies and other actors taking action on climate change and the UN negotiation process.

Economist Sir Tony Atkinson launches World Bank report on poverty

Economist Sir Tony Atkinson launches World Bank report on poverty

Government International Development

Sir Tony Atkinson, an economist who has pioneered thinking on inequality and welfare economics, presented his report of the Commission on Global Poverty at a launch in Oxford.

'Unprecedented' two Oxford buildings shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

'Unprecedented' two Oxford buildings shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

Government Prize

Two Oxford University buildings have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.

Why is the academic consensus on the cost of Brexit being ignored?

Why is the academic consensus on the cost of Brexit being ignored?

Government Research The Conversation

The article 'Why is the academic consensus on the cost of Brexit being ignored?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Simon Wren-Lewis, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.

Prince William opens new Oxford University buildings

Prince William opens new Oxford University buildings

Government University

On Wednesday, 11 May, HRH The Duke of Cambridge visited the University of Oxford to formally open the home of the Blavatnik School of Government where he met students and staff. He also unveiled a plaque to mark the major redevelopment of the Bodleian's Weston Library and visited students at Magdalen, one of the University’s oldest colleges, where he officially opened its new Longwall Library.

Cabinet Office announces partnership with Blavatnik School of Government

Cabinet Office announces partnership with Blavatnik School of Government

Government

The UK Cabinet Office has announced a new five-year partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government to establish a centre of excellence for innovative public sector commissioning.

Nigeria needs investment to increase its renewable energy output

Nigeria needs investment to increase its renewable energy output

Government Research

Ademola Adenle, Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, comments on energy and economic growth in Nigeria.

Why Kampala holds single biggest growth opportunity for Uganda

Why Kampala holds single biggest growth opportunity for Uganda

Government Research The Conversation

Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and Astrid Haas, Country Economist for South Sudan and Uganda at LSE, comment on Uganda’s economy.

Adaptation is key if Africa is to tackle climate change

Adaptation is key if Africa is to tackle climate change

Government Research The Conversation

Ademola Adenle, Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and John Morton, Professor of Development Anthropology at the University of Greenwich, comment in The Conversation on adaptation to the impacts of climate change in Africa.

Leaked drone files reveal ethical questions hang over 'grey area' strikes

Leaked drone files reveal ethical questions hang over 'grey area' strikes

Government Research The Conversation

Tom Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, comments in The Conversation about the ethics of US drone strike operations.