About Us

The Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP) is a research cluster within the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, drawing together scholarly and policy-relevant social policy research. The institute is a centre of excellence for research on a variety of social policy topics. It has a multi-disciplinary outlook and employs a wide range of research methodologies and theoretical perspectives.

Our social policy research has been funded by a variety of organisations, including the Anglo German Foundation, the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, the South African Government, and UNICEF.

Members of OISP come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including demography, geography, political science, and sociology

Research carried out within OISP is international in its substantive focus and approaches the subject area from numerous disciplines. Research strengths are grouped around the following areas:


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