Collaboration and engagement
The unique combination of the breadth and depth of our research, initiatives made possible by key donations, and the collegiate structure, provide significant opportunities for individual scholars in narrow areas of specialism to collaborate with other world leaders to form multi- and interdisciplinary research groups and centres, with strong multi-institutional collaborations and partnerships that engage with the outside world. In this way, Oxford’s social science researchers are ideally placed to push new multi- and interdisciplinary boundaries and explore cutting-edge research.
Our strong reputation for theoretical intellectual scholarship is complemented by high quality research co-produced with practitioners in the fields of social work, education, law, museums, and business (with corporations and SMEs). Through wider engagement with society, we also work with external stakeholders to set agenda and share expertise through collaborative work, to develop and maintain partnerships with external bodies, and to promote the application of social science research outside of the academic community. Our influence on policymaking is particularly extensive, both within the UK and beyond. Our researchers regularly advise international governments and multi-lateral agencies, UK government departments and local government authorities, as well as working with intermediary non-governmental organisations that lobby and encourage policy change.
Click on the tabs below to explore highlights from our researchers' collaborations and engagement with academic, policymaking, and business partners, as well as the wider public and community. Alternatively, explore all our case studies here.
Festival of Social Science
Business Engagement Seed Fund
Social Sciences Engagement Fellowships
OPEN Seed Fund
Our approach to supporting collaboration and engagement across the Social Sciences Division has been highly successful in the last ten years, with the volume of research awards continuing to rise and the development of a large number of research centres and groupings. Researchers at Oxford receive significant support and guidance in the development of their research, including career development, research and impact funding, research project design and management, and research outputs from academic and administrative colleagues across the University, division and departments.
If you are a researcher at Oxford, please visit our Support for Researchers page to find out more.
If you are interested to learn more about opportunities to engage with Oxford social sciences researchers - whether in research collaboration, matters relating to public policy, industry collaboration, or public and community engagement - please get in touch below: