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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.

Abdul Raufu Mustapha

Abdul Raufu Mustapha

International Development

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Associate Professor of African Politics in the Department of International Development and a much valued and respected colleague, teacher and friend.

Calculating the value of technology start-ups

Calculating the value of technology start-ups

International Development Research

Researchers at Oxford University have developed a novel way of determining the value of new technologies in the information and communications sector, filling a significant gap in existing methods and potentially creating a decision-making tool for investors.

'Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement'

'Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement'

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at the University of Oxford.

'G20 summit: who will take the US's place as a global leader?'

'G20 summit: who will take the US's place as a global leader?'

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'G20 summit: who will take the US's place as a global leader?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Tristen Naylor, Departmental Lecturer in Diplomatic Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID).

'Nearly half of the world's poor are now children – that's 689m young people'

'Nearly half of the world's poor are now children – that's 689m young people'

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'Nearly half of the world's poor are now children – that's 689m young people' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Felipe Roa-Clavijo, a doctoral candidate in International Development a the University of Oxford.

Half the world’s poor are children

Half the world’s poor are children

International Development Research

New Oxford University research on global poverty reveals the extent of the challenges facing the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals for the eradication of child poverty.

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.

Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?

Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Alexander Betts, Leopold Muller Associate Professor in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford.

'Field research and a focus on the young could help combat terrorism'

'Field research and a focus on the young could help combat terrorism'

Research Anthropology International Development Politics

A new paper in Science says field research on the ground with youths engaged in violent extremism or susceptible to it is needed to improve the West's understanding of terrorist groups like Islamic State and Al Qaeda. The paper says to be successful, such research would have to be properly funded and totally independent of governmental interference.

'The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate'

'The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate'

International Development The Conversation

The article 'The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Nikita Sud, Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Oxford.

'Trump’s undiplomatic Twitter diplomacy isn’t a joke – it’s a catastrophic risk'

'Trump’s undiplomatic Twitter diplomacy isn’t a joke – it’s a catastrophic risk'

International Development Politics The Conversation

The article 'Trump’s undiplomatic Twitter diplomacy isn’t a joke – it’s a catastrophic risk' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Jennifer Cassidy, DPhil candidate in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, and Brian Klaas, LSE Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science

'Why the rise of wearable tech to monitor employees is worrying'

'Why the rise of wearable tech to monitor employees is worrying'

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'Why the rise of wearable tech to monitor employees is worrying' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Ivan Manokha, Departmental Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Oxford.

Excellent teaching in the Social Sciences Division

Excellent teaching in the Social Sciences Division

Award Teaching Area Studies Education International Development

Members of staff from the Social Sciences Division have received awards in recognition of their excellent teaching in 2016.

'Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views'

'Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views'

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Dr Indrajit Roy, ESRC Future Research Leader at Oxford Department of International Development.

Oxford Social Scientists excel at European Research Council applications and awards

Oxford Social Scientists excel at European Research Council applications and awards

Award Research International Development Archaeology Law

Out of the 8 European Research Council Starting Grants secured by the University of Oxford in 2015-2016, 5 were awarded to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the Social Sciences Division.

Why Indians aren’t impressed with Theresa May’s business offer

Why Indians aren’t impressed with Theresa May’s business offer

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'Why Indians aren't impressed with Theresa May's business offer' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Nikita Sud, Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Oxford.

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.

India’s slow-brewing political storm is steadily gathering strength

India’s slow-brewing political storm is steadily gathering strength

International Development Research The Conversation

The article 'India's slow-brewing political storm is steadily gathering strength' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Indrajit Roy, ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

World Bank to launch new way of measuring poverty using OPHI's ‘multidimensional’ approach

World Bank to launch new way of measuring poverty using OPHI's ‘multidimensional’ approach

International Development Research Policy

The World Bank has announced it will broaden the way in which it measures poverty by introducing a new ‘multidimensional’ measure that captures non-monetary aspects of poverty, using a methodology developed by Sabina Alkire and James Foster of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at Oxford Department of International Development.

What does it mean to be a migrant in your own country?

What does it mean to be a migrant in your own country?

International Development Research

This short film focuses on Dr Indrajit Roy's research on the lives of circular and internal migrants, people who move around their own countries usually in search of work.

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