The Department of Social Sciences comprises a number of collaborative research clusters supporting our doctoral students and encouraging wide participation both through our partnerships and our full programme of conferences, public events and lectures. Some of our research clusters are grouped together within the three research centres within the department.
Global Politics, Economy and Society is an inter-disciplinary research centre with a remit to encourage reflection on and investigation into social transformations of global scope which are impacting upon the world today.
Oxford Brookes Archaeology and Heritage (OBAH) is a university-based consultancy which offers research and consultancy services in archaeology, heritage and the ancient environment.
Human Origins and Palaeo-Environments (HOPE) is a research cluster carrying out ground-breaking interdisciplinary research, focused on evolutionary anthropology and environmental reconstruction and change.
The Gender Network is a faculty-wide network comprising a number of academics whose work contributes to the subject of gender, including middle class gender in contempory India, and contemporary family lives.
The Europe Japan Research Centre is the home through which we organise and disseminate the high quality research of all Brookes staff working on Japan as well as a large number of affiliated Research Fellows.
The Anthropology Centre for Conservation, Environment and Development (ACCEND) brings together interdisciplinary research groups which include:
The Noctural Primate Research Group provides an international forum for coordination of research on nocturnal primates. Research involves nocturnal and cathemeral [day-and-night active] primates from South America, Africa, Madagascar and Asia, using innovative techniques. This group also leads the cluster of research and teaching on MSc Primate Conservation.
Human interactions with and constructions of the environment is a forum for interdisciplinary research into livelihood economies, people-wildlife interactions, rural development and their relevance to conservation.
Oxford Wildlife Trade Research aims to quantify all aspects of the trade in wild animals and plants through multidisciplinary teamwork including anthropology, social sciences, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, environmental economics, and legislation.