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 Nuffield News

Nuffield College is deeply saddened to report the death of Sir Tony Atkinson, who passed away peacefully in the Churchill Hospital in Oxford on 1 January 2017.
A book launch will take place on Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 - 17:30 at the Blavatnik School of Government. Please click on the link above for more details.

 Warden's welcome


Nuffield College is dedicated to the pursuit of the social sciences. We seek to provide outstanding facilities for students and academic staff to study and to conduct research, and to be a place that acts as a bridge between the academic and public worlds. We hope this website gives a flavour of our work.

Sir Andrew Dilnot


 Annual report


 Graduate admissions and funding

Graduate admissions and funding
opportunities for entry in October 2017
We invite applications for graduate study in Economics, Politics and International Relations, Sociology, and Social Policy. The College aims to attract applicants of the highest academic merit, irrespective of background and personal circumstances, and to provide an exceptional working environment for them. In line with this commitment, the College has further enhanced the financial support it offers to new students.
The following funding package applies for 2017 entry:
If you are admitted to Nuffield to undertake one of the courses we offer in Sociology or Social Policy (preferably DPhil or a masters course leading to a doctorate); Economics (MPhil or DPhil); or Politics or International Relations (MSc, MPhil, or DPhil), we will underwrite full funding for the duration of the fee liability of your course.
Nuffield also admits a small number of students in relevant interdisciplinary subjects, for example, Economic and Social History. Funding is available for those courses also, but may be less than full underwriting of fees.
To be eligible for funding you must apply for your course by the relevant January deadline, in accordance with the University’s graduate admissions process.
For further information about graduate admissions and funding opportunities at Nuffield College for courses beginning in October 2017 see here:
Alternatively please contact:


  • Tournament Entry Under Uncertainty
    Abstract: Many labor markets have tournament mechanisms in pay and promotion schemes. A decade’s worth of research has shown that women shy away from competition compared to men in many domains. However, labor markets often have more uncertainty imbedded in competition than simply the risk of whether one will win the tournament or not. We examine willingness to enter competition under uncertain competitive environments. Specifically, in a laboratory experiment, we vary whether or not the number of winners of the tournament is certain, and whether or not with the relative probabilities of how many winners they will be are known. We find subjects significantly enter competition more frequently as the amount of uncertainty increases. Additionally, the “gender gap” with respect to entry into competition increases as the level of uncertainty within the competitive environment increases.CESS Colloquium
    Brent Davis, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Are governments making progress on climate change? Evidence from fossil fuel subsidies
    Political Science Seminars
    Michael Ross (University of California Los Angeles)
  • Crisis and Innovation: the Transformation of the New York Stock Exchange from the Great War to the Great Depression
    Economic and Social History Seminars
    Caroline Fohlin (Emory University)


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