Impact Case studies

Our Research Impact

Every day, all over the world, research from the Social Sciences Division is making a difference. We've selected some examples of our researchers' impact that gives a snap shot into the work that's going on across the division.

UK Policy

Connections between Oxford University and parliament are strong, with many politicians, parliamentarians and prime ministers educated here since the University was founded. The Social Sciences Division academics provide expert advice and guidance that help the country and the economy to run more efficiently.


From economics to law, archaeology to megaprojects, social sciences research is helping businesses across the globe to achieve their goals in efficient and innovative ways.

International Policy

With more world leading research in social sciences across our 14 departments than any other UK institution, Oxford University's Social Science division has a truly global reach, and a depth of work that has impacted on policy on every continent.

Global Communities

In this globalised age, it's often people at the edges of society that get left behind. Social sciences research has been working with societies around the globe to share and celebrate best practice, and to provide robust evidence that can change lives for the better.


Oxford social sciences research has helped people at the cutting edge of service delivery, supporting people throughout their lives, from cradle to grave.


Social sciences research focuses on the individual as well as systems. We support small non-governmental organisations, social movements and community enterprises all over the planet with evidence-based research that helps these groups change the world.

Case Studies

All Impact Case Studies
Business Engagement
Public and Community Engagement
Policy Engagement