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 Warden's welcome


Nuffield College is dedicated to the pursuit of the social sciences. We seek to provide outstanding facilities for students and academic staff to study and to conduct research, and to be a place that acts as a bridge between the academic and public worlds. We hope this website gives a flavour of our work.

                                                                               Andrew Dilnot 


 Annual report



  • Equal but diverse or unequal but unified: Effects of inequality and diversity on generalized cooperation and trust (An experimental design)
    CESS Colloquia
    Ozan Aksoy (University of Oxford)
  • Informal Institutions, Latent Variables and Political Methodology
    Co-authored with Andrew Eggers
    Political Science Seminars
    Professor Arthur Spirling, Harvard University
  • London, Londoners or London schools? Understanding the improved performance of disadvantaged pupils in the country’s capital city.
    Sociology Seminars
    Dr Lindsey Macmillan (University of London)


  • BOLIVIA: The Election and Challenges for the Forthcoming Period of Government
    BOLIVIA: The Election and Challenges for the Forthcoming Period of Government A half day conference to be held at Nuffield College on October 25, 2014 The conference will take place in the Senior Common Room, 2.30-6.30 pm. The conference takes place a fortnight after the holding of presidential and legislative elections in Bolivia on October 12. It will seek to place the election results within a wider socio-economic and political context and to discuss problems likely to confront the next government which will take office in January 2015. Speakers will include: • John Crabtree (Latin American Centre, Oxford) on the elections and their significance • Lorenza Fontana (University of Sheffield) on extractive development and social movements • George Gray Molina (UNDP, New York) on the economy and economic diversification • Laurence Whitehead (Nuffield College, Oxford) on the MAS in an international context The number of participants will be limited and seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to attend the conference, please email John Crabtree at
  • 'Close Friends'? Assessing the Impact of Greater Scottish Autonomy on the North of England
    'Close Friends'? Assessing the Impact of Greater Scottish Autonomy on the North of England ​Nuffield College: Oxford University ESRC Seminar Series Event 4: The implications of greater fiscal autonomy for Scotland on the competitiveness of the economy in the North of England. To be held at Nuffield College Oxford, October 30th 2014 ​Sessions open to all, but please notify Iain Mclean if you will be attending - 9.45 -10.15: Registration 10.15 - 10.30: Welcome to Nuffield/ Introduction to seminar series (Professor Iain Mclean, Nuffield College; Professor Keith Shaw, Northumbria University) 10.30 – 12.00: The Scottish Economy: Post Referendum Reflections • Professor Jim Gallagher (Fellow of Nuffield College): The Day after Judgment Day • Professor Iain Mclean: Fiscal Responsibility and Fiscal Fantasy • Professor Alan Trench (University of Ulster): Further Devolution and the Barnett Formula • Professor David Bell (University of Stirling) : Scotland’s Fiscal Future 12.00 – 12.30: Round Table Discussion 12.30 – 1.30 Lunch 1.30 – 2.45 Economic Implications for the North of England: Post-Referendum Reflections • Dr Angus Armstrong (Director of Macroeconomic Research,NIESR) A more powerful Scotland: some implications for the North • Chris Milne (Chief Economist, North East Local Enterprise Partnership) A View from the NE LEP Responses from: Tom Smyth (BIS Yorks, Humber and North East); John Lowther (formerly Tees Valley Unlimited); HM Treasury Representative (TBC) 2.45 -3.00 Tea 3.15-3.45 Scotland and the North of England: Competition and/or Collaboration? Round Table Discussion 3.45-4pm Final reflections: Prof Iain Mclean; Professor John Mawson (Institute for Local Governance/Durham University); Professor Richard Kerley (Centre for Scottish Public Policy).
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