School of Social Sciences

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  • Research

    The School of Social Sciences comprises a number of collaborative research clusters supporting our doctoral students and encouraging wide participation both through our partnerships and our full programme of conferences, public events and lectures. Some of our research clusters are grouped together within the three research centres within the school.

    Global Politics, Economy and Society is an inter-disciplinary research centre with a remit to encourage reflection on and investigation into social transformations of global scope which are impacting upon the world today.

    The Centre for Environment and Society is home to a wide range of innovating research which brings together expertise from a diverse range of disciplines. Bridging the divide between hard and social sciences, it operates at the cutting edge of modern interdisciplinary academia. 

    Human Origins and Palaeo Environments (HOPE) is a research cluster carrying out ground-breaking interdisciplinary research, focused on evolutionary anthropology and environmental reconstruction and change.

    The Space and Temporalities group draws on disciplinary positionalities from across the humanities and social sciences including human geography, social/cultural anthropology, sociology, IR and politics, history, criminology and philosophy, as well as creative fields such as art and theatre. In this context, the group seeks to engage with the work of scholars and others who locate aspects of their research within the intersections between ‘space’ and ‘temporality’. 

    Humans, Animals and Environment provides a forum for multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary research into relationships between humans, animals and their environments.

    The Europe Japan Research Centre is the home through which we organise and disseminate the high quality research of all Brookes staff working on Japan as well as a large number of affiliated Research Fellows.

    The Nocturnal Primate Research Group provides an international forum for coordination of research on nocturnal primates. Research involves nocturnal and cathemeral [day-and-night active] primates from South America, Africa, Madagascar and Asia, using innovative techniques. This group also leads the cluster of research and teaching on MSc Primate Conservation

    The Primatology and Conservation Group brings together researchers from across the University with an interest in conservation, sustainability, education and welfare in relation to non-human primates. 

    Oxford Wildlife Trade Research aims to quantify all aspects of the trade in wild animals and plants through multidisciplinary teamwork including anthropology, social sciences, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, environmental economics, and legislation.