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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.

'Online news is highly polarised in some countries – but technology is not to blame'

'Online news is highly polarised in some countries – but technology is not to blame'

Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'Online news is highly polarised in some countries – but technology's not to blame' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Richard Fletcher, a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

'UK election: hung parliament casts doubt over Theresa May’s future'

'UK election: hung parliament casts doubt over Theresa May’s future'

Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'UK election exit poll puts Conservatives short of a majority: experts react' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by a range of academics including James Tilley, Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford.

'The campaign to save Mexico's vaquita porpoise faces the same problems as the War on Drugs'

'The campaign to save Mexico's vaquita porpoise faces the same problems as the War on Drugs'

Politics Research The Conversation

'The campaign to save Mexico's vaquita porpoise faces the same problems as the War on Drugs' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by J Alejandro Espinosa Herrera, DPhil Candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford.

'Fact Check: if 30% more people under 25 vote, could the Conservatives lose the election?'

'Fact Check: if 30% more people under 25 vote, could the Conservatives lose the election?'

Politics Research The Conversation

The article Fact Check: if 30% more people under 25 vote, could the Conservatives lose the election? has been published on The Conversation. It was written by James Tilley, Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and Benjamin Bowman, Teaching Fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Bath.

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.

‘Strong leadership needed for Brexit’: How will voters respond?

‘Strong leadership needed for Brexit’: How will voters respond?

Politics Research

Petra Schleiter, Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, draws on recent research to analyse how voters will react to Theresa May's decision to call a snap election on 8 June.

Oxford academics honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Oxford academics honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Politics Award

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded membership of its 2017 class to two Oxford academics.

'How a basic income could help build community in an age of individualism'

'How a basic income could help build community in an age of individualism'

Law Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'How a basic income could help build community in an age of individualism' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Max Harris, DPhil candidate and examination fellow in law, and Alexander E. Kentikelenis, research fellow in politics and sociology.

How understanding animals can help us make the most of artificial intelligence

How understanding animals can help us make the most of artificial intelligence

Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'How understanding animals can help us make the most of artificial intelligence' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Heather Roff, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.

Karma Nabulsi receives Guardian's 'Inspiring Leader' award

Karma Nabulsi receives Guardian's 'Inspiring Leader' award

Politics Award

Karma Nabulsi, professor of politics at the University of Oxford, is The Guardian Higher Education Network’s 2017 Inspiring Leader award winner.

Why the working class voter may be turning away from Labour

Why the working class voter may be turning away from Labour

Politics Research

New research suggests that while class voting dominated British party politics for much of the post-war period, many working class voters no longer identify the Labour party as 'their' party. It suggests that this is because party policies, and the politicians’ rhetoric and social background changed radically in the 1990s and no longer appealed directly to the working class voter.

Online resources on ‘the untold story of the Palestinian Revolution'

Online resources on ‘the untold story of the Palestinian Revolution'

Research Politics International Teaching

New online teaching materials focused on the subject of the Palestinian national liberation movement and its revolution in the 50s, 60s and 70s have been launched by the University's Department of Politics and International Relations. The web platform is the result of a five-year research project funded by the British Academy.

'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.

'What is at stake in the Supreme Court’s Brexit ruling'

'What is at stake in the Supreme Court’s Brexit ruling'

Law Politics The Conversation

The article 'What is at stake in the Supreme Court’s Brexit ruling' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Alison Young, Professor of Public Law 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

Oxford Social Scientists awarded prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants

Oxford Social Scientists awarded prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants

Funding Research Economics Geography Politics

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.

Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods

Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods

Politics Teaching

Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods will run a five-day course from 27 – 31 March 2017.

'Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and Vice are blazing a new trail on climate change coverage'

'Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and Vice are blazing a new trail on climate change coverage'

Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and Vice are blazing a new trail on climate change coverage' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by James Painter, Head of the Journalism Fellowship Programme at the University of Oxford.

Populism and democracy: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

Populism and democracy: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'Populism and democracy: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by a several academics including Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford.

Santos got the Nobel Prize for not giving up on peace – here’s why all Colombians won

Santos got the Nobel Prize for not giving up on peace – here’s why all Colombians won

Politics Research The Conversation

The article 'Santos got the Nobel Prize for not giving up on peace – here's why all Colombians won' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Annette Idler, Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.

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