The mission of the School is to tackle the most pressing global challenges of this century. Understanding how societies are structured, how they interact, how people behave and what motivates them is crucial to understanding how to chart a course to a better future.
- African Governance
- Ageing Populations
- Cyber Security
- Ethical Web and Data Architectures
- Future of Plastics
- Future of Work
- Global Development
- Illegal Wildlife Trade
- Inequality and Prosperity
- Informal Cities
- Misinformation, Science and Media
- Planetary Health
- Science & Society
- Technological & Economic Change
- Transboundary Resource Management
- Women’s Equality and Inequality
We must change what we eat to solve the climate crisis, shows research
Even if fossil fuel emissions stopped immediately, emissions from the global food system alone could raise global temperatures by more than 1.5°C, new research from an international team led by the University of Oxford shows.
Filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is unlikely to significantly affect Egypt, but coordinated drought planning is essential
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), currently under construction, has strained relations between Nile countries.
We need to stop the data economy, before humanity pays the ultimate price
If you've watched Netflix's documentary The Social Dilemma, you'll know that it paints a terrifying – and accurate – picture of the damage that digital technology is causing to individuals and societies.
Research emphasises need for COVID-19 vigilance in tight-knit communities
Small, close-knit communities are at high risk for rapid, intense COVID outbreaks, especially if they haven’t yet experienced outbreaks of COVID-19, shows a new study by the University of Oxford and Northeastern University, Boston.
Survival instincts for the planet: is human nature with us or against us?
Human nature is often blamed for many of the ills in society and politics, with seemingly devastating results. For example, the cognitive biases that we all share as human beings—such as overoptimism, loss aversion, or group bias—are argued to contribute to policy failures, crises, wars, and environmental ruin.
Reenergising antibiotic policy: hallmarks for a sustainable antibiotic future?
EU-Mercosur Trade Deal fails to meet sustainability criteria on human rights, ecosystems and climate
An international group of researchers has concluded that an upcoming trade agreement between the EU and Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay (the Mercosur bloc) fails across sustainability criteria.
Prof Myles Allen, Kaya Axelsson, Prof Sam Fankhauser & Dr Steve Smith in conversation: "Net zero – why and how?"
18th January 2021: 1:00pm
Prof Sir Andy Haines and Prof Chris Dye in Conversation: "Building back healthier: climate change, health and the recovery from Covid-19"
21st January 2021: 5:00pm
Prof Nathalie Seddon & Dr Steve Smith in conversation: "Value and limits of working with nature to address climate change"
25th January 2021: 1:00pm
Lord Martin Rees and Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: “Thinking again about the future and prospects for humanity”
28th January 2021: 5:00pm