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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.

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'.

The Uber effect: 'Drivers' wages are cut but there is more work'

The Uber effect: 'Drivers' wages are cut but there is more work'

Research Policy Business

A new working paper from the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford reveals the effect of the app, Uber, on conventional taxi-driving services in US cities. Since its inception in 2010, few inventions have caused more controversy. In Europe, taxi drivers have rebelled following its introduction, and courts have banned or restricted its services.

'Don’t fall into the trap of restarting last decade’s ‘climate wars’'

'Don’t fall into the trap of restarting last decade’s ‘climate wars’'

Environment Policy The Conversation

The article 'Don’t fall into the trap of restarting last decade’s ‘climate wars’' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science and Leader of the ECI Climate Research Programme 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.

Oxford Academics on Cross-Government Trial Advice Panel

Oxford Academics on Cross-Government Trial Advice Panel

Social Sciences Division Policy

Professors Catherine De Vries, Raymond Duch and Paul Montgomery to participate in Cross-Government Trial Advice Panel.

Why reform of China’s one-child policy has had little effect in boosting fertility levels

Why reform of China’s one-child policy has had little effect in boosting fertility levels

Policy Research

A new study suggests that the 2013 reforms aimed at relaxing China's 'one-child policy' are likely to have little effect on the country’s long-term demographic trends and the problem of China’s shrinking workforce.

‘Tories should be most worried about UKIP in 2015’

‘Tories should be most worried about UKIP in 2015’

Policy Research

UKIP will inflict much more damage on the Conservative Party in the 2015 General Election than on Labour, according to research by Professor Geoff Evans and Dr Jon Mellon from Nuffield College at the University of Oxford.

'Good news' for Oxfordshire's economy

'Good news' for Oxfordshire's economy

Policy Environment

Oxfordshire's economy is set to benefit from the expected demand for low carbon goods and services over coming decades, says a new report. The research was carried out by the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute with Low Carbon Oxford, a network of organisations working towards a low carbon economy.

 Has 'boring Brussels' just got exciting?

Has 'boring Brussels' just got exciting?

Policy Research

Interviews with news desks show that at the start of the Eurozone crisis, many of the journalists covering the EU struggled to understand the complexity of the financial and monetary crisis.

Is TV coverage of climate change too focused on disaster?

Is TV coverage of climate change too focused on disaster?

Environment Policy

A study of how television news covered three reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during 2013 and 2014 shows that news bulletins tended to focus most on past or potential disaster in their telling of the story.

'Better GSCE grades' for children who had preschool education

'Better GSCE grades' for children who had preschool education

Policy Research Social Policy

A child is likely to do better in their GCSEs and ultimately earn higher wages if they have received a preschool education, a new study suggests.