Awards and Prizes

George and Teresa Smith Awards

Every year the Department presents the George and Teresa Smith Awards to acknowledge academic achievement on the Comparative Social Policy and Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation courses.


The Awards were launched in 2010, the brainchild of five former students wishing to thank the Department for the opportunities and skills gained during their time in Oxford, and to honour George and Teresa Smith (former Heads of Department) for their hard work. The Department is grateful to the friends for enabling it to recognise students’ hard work and achievement, and welcomes opportunities to engage former students in supporting our work.

2017 - Matthias Haslberger, Freya Turner (Comparative Social Policy) and Johannes Müller (Evidence-Based Intervention)

2016 - Nguyen Nhat An Trinh (Comparative Social Policy) and Noam Angrist, Sarah Hiller (Evidence-Based Intervention)

2015 - Minna Nurminen (Comparative Social Policy) and Matthew Fowle (Evidence-Based Social Intervention)

2014 - Joanne Cave (Comparative Social Policy) and Janina Steinert (Evidence-Based Social Intervention)

2013 - David Railton (Comparative Social Policy); Rahel Spath and Ben Verboom (Evidence-Based Social Intervention).

2012 - Balint Misetics  (Comparative Social Policy) and Nicholas Netto and Elona Toska (Evidence-Based Social Intervention).

2011  - Verena Stocker (Comparative Social Policy) and Sean Grant (Evidence-Based Social Intervention).

2010 - Andrew Hammond (Comparative Social Policy) and Becky Waller (Evidence-Based Social Intervention).

Barnett Prize

The Department also awards an annual Barnett Prize for the best paper submitted by a research student.

2016-17 Bastian Betthauser, for his paper 'Fostering equality of opportunity? Compulsory schooling reform and social mobility in Germany'

 and Claudia Stoicescu, for her paper ‘Intimate partner violence and HIV-related sexual risk behaviour among women who inject drugs in Indonesia: a respondent-driven sampling study’

2015-16 - Julie Hennegan for Measuring the prevalence and impact of poor menstrual hygiene management: a quantitative survey of schoolgirls in rural Uganda and Elona Toska for Is knowledge power? HIV-status disclosure and protective sexual practices among adolescent girls and boys in South Africa

2014-15 Ali Naghieh: Rebuilding professional identity and community: addressing systemic stress generated by new public management

Jamie M. Lachman: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Parenting Program to Reduce Child Maltreatment in South Africa

2013-14 - Ke Meng for The Political Logic of china's Pension Reform (1997-2010): A Formal Model and its Empirical Tests and Barabara Zarate Tenorio for Social Spending Responses to Organized Labour and Mass Protests in Latin America, 1970-2007.

2012-13 - Rebecca Waller for her paper with Professor Frances Gardner Parenting as predictor of callous unemotional traits in young people: a systematic review. The paper is now published in the Clinical Psychology Review.

2011-12 - Sean Grant, The Reporting Quality of Complex Social Intervention Trials: A Systematic Review of Reporting Guidelines and Trial Publications; and Rebecca Waller, Do harsh and positive parenting predict parent reports of deceitful-callous behaviour in early childhood?

2010-11 – Matt Morton, Empowerment-based non-formal education for Arab youth: A pilot randomised controlled trial

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