Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

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Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Established 1914
Academic staff
Postgraduates 35 CSP, 30 EBSIPE
Location Oxford, England
Head of Department Martin Seeleib Kaiser (MSK)
Affiliations University of Oxford

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention aka Barnett House is a leading interdisciplinary centre for research and teaching in social policy and the systematic evaluation of social intervention at the University of Oxford. It hosts three main research clusters; the Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP), the Centre for Evidence-Based Social Intervention and the Oxford Centre for Population Research (OXPOP). Additionally the interdepartmental Centre for AIDS Interdisciplinary Research at Oxford (CAIRO) and the Centre for Analysis of South African Social Policy (CASASP) are hosted within the department.[1]

Notable former heads of department have included Leonard Barnes, A. H. Halsey and Stein Ringen.


The department is a centre of excellence in research in social policy and psychosocial intervention. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 results, 93% of research was classified as world-leading (79%) or internationally excellent.[2] 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; Family Policy, Health Policy, Education Policy and Social Policy, Housing Policy, 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, there is also a growing focus on developing countries.[3][4][5]


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.[6]


Coordinates: 51°45′21″N 1°15′05″W / 51.755875°N 1.251386°W / 51.755875; -1.251386