University of Oxford


The Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI) at the University of Oxford (UOXF) is an interdisciplinary centre for research and teaching in social policy and the systematic evaluation of social interventions. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 70 percent of the department’s research output was categorized either as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Social policy research within the Department is coordinated within the Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP), which employs a wide range of research methodologies and theoretical perspectives.

The main tasks include WP MISMATCH MOVE; co-leading on WP 9 VOICES and (1) creating a comprehensive map of youth outsiderness in 27 EU countries, and (2) investigating the effect of labour market outsiderness on the propensity of young people to rely on formal and informal networks and the mediating role of labour market policy (using quantitative and qualitative methods) contributing to WP11 HANDBOOK and WP2DISSEMINATION.

Previous relevant experience We have already worked together on two projects analysing similar issues, such as labour market outsiderness, the effectiveness of labour market policy and social participation: (1) The ESRC funded project: “Integrating macro and micro perspectives in cross-national comparison: Dynamic policy structures and individual outcomes, and (2) the John Fell Fund project: “Social Inclusion and Participation in Rich Democracies: An Empirical Analysis through the Lens of Citizenship”

Intellectual/ Academic Disciplines: Politics, Social Policy, Sociology

Emmenegger, P., Häusermann, S., Palier, B. & Seeleib-Kaiser, M. (2012). The age of dualization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ferragina, E. (2012). Social capital in Europe: a comparative regional analysis Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Ferragina, E. & Seeleib-Kaiser, M. (2011). Welfare regime debate: past present, futures? Policy and Politics, 39.

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