Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Violations during past Dictatorships and Armed Conflicts: Promoting Strategic Litigation and Truth Commissions.

Principal Investigator: Leigh Payne


This is a project led by Professor Leigh Payne and is a partnership between the University of Oxford Latin American Centre and Sociology Department, ANDHES and CELS in Argentina, and Dejusticia in Colombia.

The aim of the project is to consolidate an emergent wave of judicial investigations aimed to achieve corporate accountability; develop a truth commission model that target corporate complicity in human rights violations; and, produce synergistic work that links efforts of activists and scholars working on corporate accountability.

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Open Society Foundation

Duration of Funding: 2 years

Family size matters: How low fertility affects the (re)production of social inequalities (FAMSIZEMATTERS)

Principal Investigator: Christiaan Monden


What are consequences of low fertility for the (re)production of social inequalities? This is the first comprehensive study on the consequences of low fertility for the (re)production of social inequalities. Inequalities in socio-economic well-being, including gender inequalities and regional inequalities, are reproduced from generation to generation. The family plays a central role in the reproduction of social inequalities. Over the last 5 decades, most societies in Europe and East-Asia moved or started moving towards low fertility regimes where the majority of women bear 0, 1 or 2 children. What does this radical change in family size imply for the (re)production of social inequalities?



While demographers focus on determinants rather than consequences of low fertility, social inequality scholars largely ignore fertility trends. This project aims to connect these major fields to understand the consequences of low fertility and re-think mechanisms for the reproduction of inequalities. From this perspective we generate new empirical and theoretical questions and highlight growing but under-researched groups (e.g. childless adults and only-children).

We examine consequences of low fertility for inequalities in (1) children, (2) adults and (3) societies. With regard to children, we investigate multigenerational processes, the changing role of sibling size and the role of only-children in reproducing inequalities. For parents with adult children, we study when and where the 'quality' of children becomes increasingly important and we examine the role of childless adults in the reproduction of inequalities. We take a quantitative comparative approach over time and across societies in Europe and East-Asia. Insights from the comparative studies are brought together at the macro level in a simulation study.


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European Research Council

Funding Awarded: 01-Jan-2016

Duration of Funding: 5 years

The contemporary experience of the Jewish minority in 'New' Turkey

Principal Investigator: Turkay Salim Nefes


Major socio-political changes during the Justice and Democracy Party (AKP) rule since 2000, attested in the term 'new Turkey', and the recent political tension with Israel render the Jewish minority experience in contemporary Turkey a very important but insufficiently explored topic. The core of the research project for this Post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe is to understand the experience of the Jewish minority by examining the general public perception and Turkish Jews' views.

First, the study explores the perception of the Jewish minority by analysing
a. PEW Global Attitudes Survey datasets
b. Relevant discussions of the Turkish political parties
c. Online entries about Jews in popular forum websites in Turkish.

Second, the research scrutinises the community members' views about their experience via in-depth interviews with Turkish-Jews.

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Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe

Funding Awarded: 29-Jul-2015

Duration of Funding: 24 months

Trust, risk and uncertainty in medicinal transactions in sub-Saharan Africa

Principal Investigator: Heather Hamill


This Wellcome Trust project was funded under the Seed Grant scheme and was awarded to Dr Heather Hamill and Dr Kate Hampshire (Dept of Anthropology, University of Durham).

This project seeks to integrate Behavioural Game Theory and Ethnography to develop a robust analytical framework to address a major global public health challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Wellcome Trust

Funding Awarded: 30-Sep-2015

What makes dual career couples work? A longitudinal comparative mixed methods analysis

Principal Investigator: Laura Langner


Dr Laura Langner was awarded a Future Research Leaders grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to work as a Principal Investigator on the project 'What Makes Dual Career Couples Work? A Longitudinal Comparative Mixed Methods Analysis'.

The project analyses how couples' careers evolve across welfare states and over time using mixed methods. It will involve knowledge exchange and collaboration with academics, practitioners and representatives from international organisations. The Future Research Leaders scheme is designed to enable outstanding early-career social scientists to become the future world leaders in their field.

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Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Funding Awarded: 19-Oct-2015

Duration of Funding: 36 months

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