The Department of Social Policy and Intervention makes strategic partnerships with external academic, research and non-profit organisations to further our research collaborations and to 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 at Rhodes University, South Africa

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.


Sciences Po, the Maison Française d’Oxford, the University of Oxford’s: Department of Politics and International Relations, Sociology, Social Policy and Intervention, and the Oxford Centre for European History are working together to facilitate and develop scholarly collaboration.

OxPo aims to facilitate the organisation of conferences, workshops, seminars and the launching of research projects, as well as academic exchanges for students, postdocs and academics.

Parenting for Lifelong Health

A collaboration with the World Health OrganizationUNICEF and other academic institutions: Stellenbosch UniversityUniversity of Cape TownBangor University and University of Reading. Academic lead at DSPI: Professor Frances Gardner.

Oxford/Berkeley Collaboration

The Oxford/Berkeley Collaboration (OBC) is designed to facilitate the exchange of graduate research students (DPhil, MPhil, MSW-PhD, and PhD) between the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford and the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

The exchange would involve up to four students a year from each institution. These students would serve as Visiting Scholars, Researchers, Academic Visitors or Recognised Students according to the designation of the host institutions. The student exchange would involve participation in the host institution for a period normally of three to six months.

Read more about the collaboration on the Berkeley website.