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Men are secret slobs who only do chores to show off - here's the proof
14 Nov 2016

Daily Telegraph, 11/11/2016, Cristina Criddle
Opinion piece on a new analysis of the division of household chores along gender lines by the Office of National Statistics. The analysis is based on data gathered by Oxford University.

12 DNA areas ‘linked with the age at which we have our first child and family size’
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.

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.

Congratulations Rima Majed
19 Sep 2016

Rima Majed is now an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the American University of Beirut.  The Department wishes her success in her future career.

The Land Reform Deception: Political Opportunism in Zimbabwe's Land Seizure Era
19 Jul 2016

Alexander Charles Laurie's book 'The Land Reform Deception: Political Opportunism in Zimbabwe's Land Seizure Era' was published in March 2016 by Oxford University Press.

Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano dies in prison aged 83
14 Jul 2016

Financial Times online, 13/07/2016, Unattributed
Article on the death of Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano includes comment from Federico Varese, professor of criminology at the University of Oxford.

Congratulations to Serena Pattaro for Successfully Completing her DPhil in Sociology
13 Jun 2016

Serena Pattaro successfully completed her DPhil, titled 'Women's Employment Instability and Fertility Dynamics: Cross-Cohort Changes in Italy and Sweden' under the supervision of Professor Francesco Billari. Serena is now a Research Associate within the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland (ADRC-S) and Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, collaborating with Professor Nick Bailey (University of Glasgow) and Professor Chris Dibben (University of Edinburgh) on a research project on the impact of unemployment benefit sanctions on a number of outcomes, such as children's schooling and benefit claimants' health, criminal activity and homelessness. The Department wishes her all the best for her future career.

It’s Raining Men! Sweden Sees Historic Gender Balance Shift
02 Jun 2016

Famous for its efforts to put women on an equal footing with men, Sweden is experiencing a gender balance shift that has caught the country by surprise: for the first time since record-keeping began in 1749, it now has more men than women.

Congratulations to Zsofia Boda for successfully completing her DPhil
20 Apr 2016

Zsofia Boda successfully completed her DPhil, titled Friendship Based on Race or Race Based on Friendship? The Co-Evoluation of Friendships, Negative Ties and Ethnic Perceptions in Hungarian School Classes under the supervision of Professor Tom Snijders. Zsofia is now a postdoc with the Chair of Social Networks team at ETH Zurich. The Department wishes her all the best for her future career.

Congratulations to Simon Escoffier Martinez for successfully completing his DPhil!
06 Apr 2016

Simon Escoffier Martinez successfully completed his DPhil, titled Mobilisational Citizenship: Identity and Collective Action in Santiago de Chile's Underprivileged Urban Grassroots under the supervision of Professor Leigh Payne. Simon is now pursuing an academic career in Chile. The Department wishes him all the best for his future career!


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