DSPI students Barnett House

DSPI enjoys close strategic partnerships with external academic, research and non-profit organisations. This helps us further our research collaborations and provide outstanding opportunities for our students. 

Current partnerships include: 

  • Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, South Africa 

  • OxPo 

  • Parenting for Lifelong Health 

  • Oxford/Berkeley Collaboration 

Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, South Africa 

DSPI is involved in a number of collaborative projects examining the implementation, dynamics and effects of social policies in South Africa. Visit the Rhodes University website for further information. Academic lead at DSPI: Professor Lucie Cluver


OxPo was created following a collaboration between DSPI and Sciences Po, the Maison Française d’Oxford, the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Department of Sociology and the Oxford Centre for European History

OxPo facilitates conferences, workshops, seminars and research projects, as well as academic exchanges for students, post-docs and academics. 

Parenting for Lifelong Health 

Parenting for Lifelong Health is the result of a collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other academic institutions including Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, Bangor University and University of Reading.  

Academic lead at DSPI: Professor Frances Gardner

Oxford/Berkeley Collaboration 

The Oxford/Berkeley Collaboration (OBC) facilitates the exchange of graduate research students (DPhil, MPhil, MSW-PhD, and PhD) between the DSPI and the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. 

The exchanges include up to four students a year from each institution. These students may serve as Visiting Scholars, Researchers, Academic Visitors or Recognised Students and normally last for three to six months. 

You can read more about the collaboration on the Berkeley website.