Genome-wide analysis identifies 12 loci influencing human reproductive behavior
31 Oct 2016

Researchers have identified 12 specific areas of the DNA sequence that are robustly related with the age at which we have our first child, and the total number of children we have during the course of our life. The study, led by the University of Oxford, working together with the Universities of Groningen, The Netherlands and Uppsala, Sweden, includes an analysis of 62 datasets with information from 238,064 men and women for age at first birth, and almost 330,000 men and women for the number of children. Until now, reproductive behaviour was thought to be mainly linked to personal choices or social circumstances and environmental factors. However, this new research shows that genetic variants can be isolated and that there is also a biological basis for reproductive behaviour. The paper is co-authored by over 250 sociologists, biologists, and geneticists from institutions worldwide, and has been published in the journal, Nature Genetics.

Dr Turkay Nefes' book on Online Anti-Semitism in Turkey has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan
03 Jun 2015

The research provides a sociological perspective on an understudied topic and demonstrates the roots of anti-Jewish sentiment by tracing it through historical methods and online content analysis of relevant conversations.

DPhil Candidate Stefanie Reher has just recently had two articles from her thesis published in two leading journals.
05 Dec 2014

DPhil Candidate Stefanie Reher has just recently had two articles from her thesis published in two leading journals.

Professor Michael Bigg's article on protest campaigns is published by the British Journal of Sociology
02 Dec 2014

Congratulations to Professor Michael Biggs on his article Has protest increased since the 1970s? How a survey question can construct a spurious trend which has just been published by the British Journal of Sociology.


MSc thesis published in Journal of Conflict Resolution
18 Aug 2014

Emanuel Deutschmann (MSc 2012) has just published 'Between Collaboration and Disobedience: The Behavior of the Guantanamo Detainees and its Consequences' in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Raheel Dhattiwala (DPhil Candidate) publishes thesis findings in the Hindu
02 Jan 2014

The Hindu (31 December 2013) featured a lead article by Raheel Dhattiwala (DPhil Candidate - submitted), discussing findings from her thesis on violence in Gujarat in 2002. The research is particularly topical as the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time, Narendra Modi, is one of the main contenders for Prime Minister of India in the forthcoming elections. These findings were initially published in an article, coauthored with Dr Michael Biggs (her supervisor), in Politics and Society.

Rima Majed (DPhil candidate) on sectarian conflict for Al Jazeera
02 Jan 2014

Rima Majed's article 'Did Arab uprisings deepen the Sunni-Shia divide?' was featured in Al Jazeera English, 18 December 2013. Rima's DPhil thesis (supervised by Dr Michael Biggs) investigates the formation of sectarian identities in Lebanon.

Dhattiwala and Biggs: The Political Logic of Ethnic Violence
19 Nov 2012

Raheel Dhattiwala (DPhil) and Michael Biggs have published a new article entitled ‘The Political Logic of Ethnic Violence: The Anti-Muslim Pogrom in Gujarat, 2002’ for Politics and Society 2012.


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