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.
29 June 2017
The article 'How conspiracy theories feed political fragmentation' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Turkay Salim Nefes, Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Oxford.
26 May 2017
New research shows that between the ages of three and 11, children conceived artificially can be linked with better scores for reading and verbal tests than children conceived naturally.
18 April 2017
Researchers have used data on skeletal remains to calculate how the average height of Englishmen rose or fell over 2,000 years of history. They reasoned that height, which is linked with childhood nutrition, is a good alternative measure of wellbeing and can be estimated accurately from the length of a full grown man's femur.
10 March 2017
Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, has appointed Professor Melinda Mills as Council member for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
23 February 2017
The article 'How years of IMF prescriptions have hurt West African health systems' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Thomas Stubbs, research associate at the University of Cambridge and Alexander E. Kentikelenis, research fellow in politics and sociology at the University of Oxford.
8 February 2017
Patients' surveys on cleanliness in NHS hospitals in England gave higher ratings on the standard of cleaning in their wards and bedrooms shortly before or during ‘unannounced’ inspections, according to an Oxford-led study. The authors say we can assume that 'gaming' is happening, with incentives to clean better before inspections and let standards slide afterwards. They link this pattern particularly with hospitals that out-sourced cleaning services.
9 January 2017
Studies have suggested that over recent decades, UK women have postponed motherhood largely because they want to go onto college or university to gain qualifications or fulfil educational aspirations before starting a family. Researchers from Oxford and the universities of Groningen and Wageningen in the Netherlands show that in the UK, a woman’s family background is a much bigger factor than education in their paper published in the journal, Demography.
21 December 2016
New research shows that NHS hospitals that employ private cleaners are associated with a higher incidence of MRSA, a ‘superbug’ that causes life-threatening infection and has previously been linked with a lack of cleanliness.
1 November 2016
The Sociogenome Project is a comprehensive study which brings together sociologists and molecular scientists to examine whether there is a genetic component to reproductive outcomes, including the age at which we have our first child, and the total number of children we have during the course of our life.
31 October 2016
Researchers identify specific areas of DNA sequence that are related with the age at which we have our first child, and the total number of children we have during the course of our life.
27 October 2016
There is a 'strong, dynamic' relationship between people having their benefits stopped and an increase in referral to foodbanks, new research has found.
2 September 2016
Researchers have studied why young, highly educated Muslim women who live in modern urban environments may be choosing to wear the veil and have uncovered a paradox.
3 August 2016
New research challenges Uber's claims that its car-sharing services make the roads safer by limiting the numbers of individuals who drink and drive.
7 July 2016
Local sports clubs and associations are often as segregated as the neighbourhood they are in, suggests a new study. It says that rather than encouraging a mixing of different cultures, they may even reinforce rather than mitigate existing ethnic divisions in local communities.
4 July 2016
Technology has always changed employment, but the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence could transform it beyond recognition. Researchers at Oxford are investigating how technology will shape the future of work — and what we can do to ensure everyone benefits.
28 June 2016
We share views from six Oxford academics in response to the EU referendum result, including social media’s role in the debate, the future of immigration, the language of the Leave campaign, and the disintegration of the West.
12 April 2016
A new study finds that low-paid workers who received the national minimum wage in April 1999 reported a decline in symptoms of depression for at least 22 months afterwards.