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Department of Social Policy and Intervention

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Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Academic staff
Postgraduates35 CSP, 30 EBSIPE
Head of DepartmentBernhard Ebbinghaus
AffiliationsUniversity of Oxford

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention is a leading interdisciplinary centre for research and teaching in social policy and the systematic evaluation of social intervention based in the Social Sciences Division of the University of Oxford. It dates back to ‘Barnett House’, a social reform initiative founded in 1914 and became a department of University of Oxford in 1961.[1] The Department hosts two main research units: the Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP) and the Centre for Evidence-Based Social Intervention (CEBI). Since October 2017 Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus is Head of Department. [2]


The department was ranked first among all social policy departments in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, which assess the research performance of institutions of higher education in the UK, with 79% of its research classified as world-leading.[3] The Department of Social Policy and Intervention is a multidisciplinary centre of excellence for research in social policy and the development and systematic evaluation of social interventions.[4] Within the Department, research is organised around two main units:

  • The Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention (CEBI)[5]
  • The Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP)[6]

Whilst the majority of work is focused on OECD countries, faculty members also address important social policy issues in developing countries. The academic backgrounds of members of staff in the department include anthropology, demography, economics, health services research, political science, psychology, social policy, social work and sociology. The substantive focus of research in the department covers a wide range of policy areas including; Children and Families, Family Policies, Health Policy, Education Policy and Social Policy, Pensions, Poverty and Social Exclusion, Welfare and Work, Demographic and Population based problems and a wide range of social and psycho-social interventions. Whilst the majority of work is focused on OECD countries, faculty members also address important social policy issues in developing countries.


The department offers teaching on two core graduate study tracts; Comparative Social Policy (MSc and MPhil) and Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (MSc and MPhil). Research courses are offered in Social Policy and Social Intervention (DPhil). Additionally the department provides teaching on the undergraduate Politics, Philosophy and Economics course.[7]

Notable people

Notable former heads of department have included Leonard Barnes, A. H. Halsey, Stein Ringen, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser and Rebecca Surender.

The Barnett Professor of Social Policy is based in the department. Notable academics have included:

  • Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy since 2012
  • Jane Lewis, Barnett Professor of Social Policy from 2000 to 2004


  1. ^ "History | Department of Social Policy and Intervention". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  2. ^ "Home | Department of Social Policy and Intervention". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  3. ^ "Results & submissions : REF 2014". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  4. ^ "Research | Department of Social Policy and Intervention". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  5. ^ "Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention | Department of Social Policy and Intervention". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  6. ^ "Oxford Institute of Social Policy | Department of Social Policy and Intervention". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-11-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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