Family Policy

In recent years our focus has shifted from child and family law and the operation of the family justice system to research on gender, care and family policies in a comparative and international context.

Current research underway in OISP focuses on the complex relationships between welfare states (and other institutional domains) and challenges associated with change in family life, the study of parenting and other child-related policies, as well as policies on gender, care and work-life balance. We also have a stream of work on intra-household distribution patterns and the impact of various social security arrangements and reform from a family and gender perspective.

Research on children and families within the Department is not confined to the Institute of Social Policy, but is also a core theme of the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention. It is also an important focus of the Centre for AIDS Interdisciplinary Research at Oxford.