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.
13 July 2017
Despite the growth of social media, the internet and their central role in modern childhood, traditional bullying – such as name-calling or being excluded by others – remains considerably more common than cyberbullying, according to the largest study of its kind published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal.
20 June 2017
The article 'Finsbury Park attack shows the harm Islamophobia continues to inflict on Muslim communities' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Bharath Ganesh, a researcher based at the Oxford Internet Institute.
19 June 2017
The article 'Social media is nothing like drugs, despite all the horror stories' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Andy Przybylski, an experimental psychologist based at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Amy C Orben, a social media psychologist based at the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology.
1 June 2017
Analysis by researchers at Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute shows that content about the Labour Party is dominating traffic on Twitter during the UK general election campaign.
25 April 2017
The article 'White people in South Africa still hold the lion's share of all forms of capital' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Mohammad Amir Anwar, Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
12 April 2017
The article 'Can universal basic income counter the ill-effects of the gig economy?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Vili Lehdonvirta, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
6 April 2017
Oxford University researchers have tracked how recent aircraft incidents or accidents trigger past events and the factors making some consistently more memorable than others.
4 April 2017
The advent of social media has led to a vast increase in the amount of social information that we see about others’ political behaviour and this has important implications for democracy, argues Professor Helen Margetts in Nature Human Behaviour.
3 April 2017
The Academy of Social Sciences has announced today that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 47 leading social scientists, including two from the University of Oxford, John Haskey and Luciano Floridi.
15 March 2017
Internet filters are widely used in homes, schools and libraries throughout the UK to protect young people from unpleasant online experiences. However, a new study by Oxford casts doubt on whether such technologies shield young teenagers after finding no link between homes with internet filters and the likelihood of the teenagers in those households being better protected.
24 February 2017
Researchers say 'benevolent bots', otherwise known as software robots, that are designed to make articles on Wikipedia better often end up having online fights lasting years over changes in content.
16 January 2017
While a lot has been said by scientists and paediatricians about the possible dangers of teenagers spending time on digital devices or computers, a new paper argues there is little robust evidence to back up their claims. The co-authors from Oxford and Cardiff universities say they are the first to systematically test for links between well-being and screen time measured continuously, separately for different digital activities and days of the week.
3 January 2017
The article 'How the internet is failing to drive economic development where promised' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Nicolas Friederici, Researcher in Digital Economies at the University of Oxford.
4 November 2016
A new Oxford University study suggests that playing internet games is not as addictive as gambling. It is the first research that has tried to measure the scale of gaming addiction in the general population using symptoms of ‘internet gaming disorder’ as defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
12 October 2016
Researchers have analysed data that reveals which plane crashes the public is interested in and why. They show the biases in the coverage of such events, even in open systems like Wikipedia.
21 September 2016
Oxford researchers launched the Online Labour Index, which finds US employers are the number one users of the ‘online gig economy’ (representing 52% of the market) but over the last few months UK employers have been fast catching up.
20 September 2016
Professor Vili Lehdonvirta discusses the digital transformation of labour markets and the rise of online work captured in a new Online Labour Index.
Back to the bad old days, as civil service infighting threatens UK’s only hope for digital government
9 August 2016
The article 'Back to the bad old days, as civil service infighting threatens UK's only hope for digital government' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Helen Margetts, Professor of Society and the Internet and Director at the University of Oxford.