Centre for Demographic Science to launch with £10m from Leverhulme Trust
Posted: 11 Jan 2019

Oxford University is to launch a new Centre for Demographic Science with £10 million funding from the Leverhulme Trust. The Trust today made the announcement as part of their annual Leverhulme Research Centre awards.

The centre, led by Professor Melinda Mills (a Fellow of Nuffield College), will take an unconventional approach, uniting researchers not only from demography but also from sociology, criminology, economics, statistics, molecular genetics, biology, history, marketing and business, to bring ‘science’ into demography.

On receiving the announcement, Melinda said, 'We are delighted to receive this award. We have never had a Leverhulme Centre at Oxford, nor has there ever been a Leverhulme Centre in the social sciences, so this is a big feather in our cap.

'Demographic research aids society, government and industry to prepare for demands related to population growth and shrinkage, climate change, migration, longevity and ageing, fertility and household change. Our aim is to build an internationally-recognised centre of research excellence that will disrupt, realign and raise the value of demography.'

The Leverhulme Trust awarded £30 million in total to three research centres to encourage original research that will establish or reshape a significant field of study and transform our understanding of an important topic in contemporary societies.

Professor Gordon Marshall, the Director of the Trust, commented, 'Leverhulme Trust Research Centres are a major investment in discovery-led inquiry at a time when funding for fundamental scholarship is under great pressure. They are our vote-of-confidence in the quality of the UK’s outstanding researchers.

'Each Centre will embrace multi-disciplinary and international collaborations designed to bring the highest calibre of expertise to bear on these exciting areas of inquiry. The Trust Board is delighted to add these new awards to its portfolio of long-term research investments.'

Nuffield College will be contributing £750k in matched funding across the 10-year lifetime of the new Centre. The College has also committed to provide space for the Centre in the refurbished premises at 42 Park End Street, into which the Department of Sociology will move as a whole in April 2019.

Other recipients of the Leverhulme Research Centre award 2018 are Imperial College London and the University of York.

Original article here.

Melinda Mills is Nuffield Professor of Sociology

Congratulations to Man Yee Kan and Ekaterina Hertog for winning an ESRC AHRC UK-Japan connection grant!
Posted: 10 Dec 2018

The grant will be used to foster collaboration on comparative research into gender and family dynamics between the ERC GenTime research team (www.gentime-project.org) and researchers of Hitotsubashi University, Japan, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Japan, National Statistics Centre, Japan, and Statistics Bureau of Japan.  The research network will work closely together to enhance the access to Japanese survey data for UK-based researchers.

Man Yee Kan is Associate Professor in Sociology and Fellow of Linacre College

Using Big Data for Measuring Global Gender Inequality
Posted: 26 Oct 2018

Gaps in geographical coverage and infrequent production of gender-disaggregated data limit our ability to measure and monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. With support through a ‘Big Data for Gender Challenge’ Award from the Data2X, an initiative of the UN Foundation, a project led by Ridhi Kashyap in the Department of Sociology in collaboration with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) has been exploring how big data innovations can help with measuring and ‘nowcasting’ global gender inequalities.

Drawing on her work in this area, Dr Kashyap spoke on a panel “Big data and the global gender gap: the promise and perils of digital information” at the United Nations’ 2nd World Data Forum (WDF) in Dubai. The Forum brings together international experts to intensify cooperation on harnessing the data revolution for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals.

Kashyap and her QCRI collaborator Ingmar Weber will also be launching the Digital Gender Gaps website at the UN WDF. The web portal provides real-time indicators or ‘nowcasts’ of gender gaps in internet and mobile access by leveraging a unique form of big data – ad audience estimates that provide a digital aggregate census of users of social media platforms, usually available to advertisers – in combination with development statistics.

Gender equality in internet and mobile phone use, and improving digital literacy are important targets within the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This is an example of a development indicator however for which a significant data gap exists, as surveys or population-level data sources that examine digital inequalities are lacking. Big data innovations have the potential to address this gap and the Digital Gender Gaps website shows how this can be done.

Latest reports of internet gender gap indicators are available from the website:

Ridhi Kashyap is Associate Professor of Social Demography

Part-Time MSc in Sociology now open for applications!
Posted: 01 Dec 2017

Are you interested in pursuing the MSc in Sociology, but can't commit to full-time study?  Take a look at the part-time MSc - the same course of study, spread over two years.

The MSc in Sociology is offered on both a full-time (one-year) and part-time (two-year) basis. The degree and expectations for both modes of study are equally rigorous: part-time students take their classes with the full time students, but spread their study over two years to accommodate work and personal circumstances. Regardless of whether you choose to apply for the part-time or full-time course, you will be part of a close knit cohort of students from diverse backgrounds.

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Professorship of Sociology
Posted: 20 Nov 2017

The Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, in association with Nuffield College, is looking for a senior scholar of international distinction with an outstanding record of research publications in the discipline of sociology.
The applicant can be working within any subject area of sociology.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Monday January 15 2018.

Details of the position

For more information about the Department of Sociology, visit the Departmental webpage or download our most recent Annual Report.

Sociology at Nuffield College.

Please feel free to contact our Head of Department Prof. Melinda Mills, if you would like to discuss this further.

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