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1 How do you survive the office Christmas party? ‘Tis the season to be merry, so it’s time for the annual Christmas party. For some employers it can be more fraught than fun! In this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast we ask: how do you survive the office Christmas party? Robin Dunbar 09 Jan 2018
2 Equity and commissioning - Richard Sullivan Session 4: Equity and commissioning - Richard Sullivan Mark Sheehan, Richard Sullivan 19 Jan 2017
3 Equity and commissioning - Muir Gray Session 4: Equity and commissioning - Muir Gray Muir Gray, Mark Sheehan 19 Jan 2017
4 Data sharing and participation - Jonathan Montgomery Session 3: Data sharing and participation - Jonathan Montgomery Ingrid Slade, Jonathan Montgomery 19 Jan 2017
5 Data sharing and participation - Anna Middleton Session 3: Data sharing and participation - Anna Middleton Ingrid Slade, Anna Middleton 19 Jan 2017
6 Data sharing and participation - Mark Lawler Session 3: Data sharing and participation - Mark Lawler Mark Lawler, Ingrid Slade 19 Jan 2017
7 The human person and the communication of risk - Sian Rees Session 2: The human person and the communication of risk - Sian Rees Rob Horne, Sian Rees 19 Jan 2017
8 The human person and the communication of risk - Alastair Kent Session 2: The human person and the communication of risk - Alastair Kent Rob Horne, Alastair Kent 19 Jan 2017
9 The human person and the communication of risk - Joshua Hordern Session 2: The human person and the communication of risk - Joshua Hordern Joshua Hordern, Rob Horne 19 Jan 2017
10 The promise and the hype of 'personalised medicine' - John Tooke Session 1: The promise and the hype of 'personalised medicine' - John Tooke Joshua Hordern, John Tooke 19 Jan 2017
11 The promise and the hype of 'personalised medicine' - Steve Sturdy Session 1: The promise and the hype of 'personalised medicine' - Steve Sturdy Steve Sturdy, Joshua Horden 19 Jan 2017
12 The promise and the hype of 'personalised medicine' - Tim Maughan Session 1: The promise and the hype of 'personalised medicine' - Tim Maughan Tim Maughan, Joshua Hordern 19 Jan 2017
13 Highlights of Personalised Medicine Highlights of Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls Alastair Kent, Anna Middleton, Marion Lynch, Muir Gray 19 Jan 2017
14 Personalised Medicine, interview with Jonathan Montgomery Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls, a short interview with Jonathan Montgomery Jonathan Montgomery 18 Jan 2017
15 Personalised Medicine, interview with Anna Middleton Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls, a short interview with Anna Middleton Anna Middleton 18 Jan 2017
16 Personalised Medicine, interview with Marion Lynch Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls, a short interview with Marion Lynch Marion Lynch 18 Jan 2017
17 Personalised Medicine, interview with Mark Lawler Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls, a short interview with Mark Lawler Mark Lawler 18 Jan 2017
18 Personalised Medicine, interview with Alastair Kent Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls, a short interview with Alastair Kent Alastair Kent 18 Jan 2017
19 Personalised Medicine, interview with Rick Kaplan Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls, a short interview with Rick Kaplan Rick Kaplan 18 Jan 2017
20 Personalised Medicine, interview with Muir Gray Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls, a short interview with Muir Gray Muir Gray 18 Jan 2017
21 Creative Commons Britain, Europe and Social Policy For the 2016 Sidney Ball Memorial Lecture, Professor Colin Crouch, Vice-President for Social Sciences, gives a talk on European social policies. Colin Crouch 11 Nov 2016
22 Impact What is the impact we create? How is it measured, justified, used? Three speakers from a social, historical and professional background examine what impact means in different scenarios, both for academics themselves, and the public at large. Gorgi Krlev, Matt Smart, Jonathan Healey 03 Dec 2015
23 Creative Commons Science and Society In settings with high level of poverty and over-stretched health services, researchers have even greater responsibilities to the communities and study participants. Vicki Marsh 05 Oct 2015
24 Creative Commons Science and Society In settings with high level of poverty and over-stretched health services, researchers have even greater responsibilities to the communities and study participants. Vicki Marsh 05 Oct 2015
25 Media Uses and Gratifications: Some Features of the Approach: Response by Denis McQuail Denis McQuail's response to Jay G. Blumler's talk on the origins and sources of the appeal of the 'uses and gratifications' paradigm. Denis McQuail 02 Jan 2013
26 Creative Commons Media Uses and Gratifications: Some Features of the Approach In this seminar Jay G. Blumler discusses the origins and sources of the appeal of the 'uses and gratifications' paradigm. Jay Blumler 02 Jan 2013
27 Creative Commons Rich and Poor in Britain in the Age of Dickens and Today A lecture exploring the differences and similarities between the rich and poor of Dickens' era and that of today. Alison Jackson, Jane Humphries, Helen Small and Paul Donovan bring forward their views in a panel discussion. Alison Jackson, Jane Humphries, Helen Small, Paul Donovan 15 Oct 2012
28 Creative Commons Rich and Poor in Britain in the Age of Dickens and Today A lecture exploring the differences and similarities between the rich and poor of Dickens' era and that of today. Alison Jackson, Jane Humphries, Helen Small and Paul Donovan bring forward their views in a panel discussion. Alison Jackson, Jane Humphries, Helen Small, Paul Donovan 15 Oct 2012
29 Creative Commons Bodies, Buses and Bureaucracy: Reflections on common interests in disability rights and service provision Dr Ruth Butler, University of Hull, delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Ruth Butler 11 Apr 2012
30 Gender and Transport, the Neglected Dimension: Social inclusion, access and sustainable urban mobility Professor Margaret Grieco, Edinburgh Napier University, delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Margaret Grieco 11 Apr 2012
31 Breathing Unequally: Environmental justice and transport-related air pollution Professor Gordon Walker, Lancaster University, delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Gordon Walker 11 Apr 2012
32 Creative Commons The Prosthetic Citizen: Forms of citizenship for a mobile world Professor Tim Cresswell, University of London, delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Tim Cresswell 11 Apr 2012
33 Creative Commons Transport Is Social Policy: Focus on higher education in the UK context Dr Susan Kenyon delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Susan Kenyon 11 Apr 2012
34 Creative Commons Transport and Daily Mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring young people's experiences Dr Gina Porter, Durham University, delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Gina Porter 11 Apr 2012
35 Creative Commons Automobile Subjects Dr Katharina Manderscheid, Universität Luzern, delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Katharina Manderscheid 11 Apr 2012
36 Creative Commons Unequal Mobility and its Social Consequences Dr Karen Lucas delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Karen Lucas 11 Apr 2012
37 Creative Commons Unequal Mobility and its Social Consequences Dr Karen Lucas delivers a seminar as part of the 'Socio-spatial inequalities, transport and mobilities' seminar series held in the Transport Studies Unit during Hilary Term 2012. Karen Lucas 11 Apr 2012
38 Creative Commons Webometrics: The Evolution of a Digital Social Science Research Field Mike Thelwall's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. Mike Thelwall 28 Mar 2012
39 Creative Commons Visioning Studies: A Socio-technical Approach to Designing the Future Diane H. Sonnenwald's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. Diane H. Sonnenwald 28 Mar 2012
40 Creative Commons Reproducibility: Gold or Fool's Gold in Digital Social Research? Christine Borgman's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. Christine Borgman 28 Mar 2012
41 Digital Social Research: An Interdisciplinary Niche or the Future of the Social Sciences? Peter van den Besselaar's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. Peter van den Besselaar 28 Mar 2012
42 Creative Commons The use of citizen journalism by traditional media Seminar delivered by Nic Newman, former Future Media Controller, BBC and visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Nic Newman 04 Mar 2011
43 What Will A Companionable Computational Agent Be Like? (Lovelace Lecture 2010) Yorick Wilks explores the state of the art in modelling realistic conversation with computers over the last 40 years, and asks what we would want in a conversational agent (or 'Companion') designed for a long-term relationship with a user. Yorick Wilks 20 Jul 2010
44 Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game: Internet Games, Social Inequality and Racist Talk as Griefing This talk recaps the history of racist griefing online and link the current crisis in racial discourse in the US with this practice, exploring the implications for digital games as a transnational public sphere. Lisa Nakamura 20 Jul 2010
45 Creative Commons Wellbeing and Inequality in Post-Industrial Society The Annual Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture is delivered by a leading thinker on a subject related to Ralf Dahrendorf's concerns. This inaugural (2010) Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture was delivered by Lord (Adair) Turner. Adair Turner, Timothy Garton Ash, Michael Göring, Robert Skidelsky 06 Jul 2010
46 We are the Web: The future of the social machine The Web 2.0 world is commonplace but the promise of massive scale human computing has barely been exploited. This seminar explores the potential, challenges, and promises for next-generation technologies that can empower humanity to address key problems. Jim Hendler 30 Apr 2010
47 Relationships and the Internet This forum looks at the state of the art of academic research on relationships and the Internet and how this research informs research on the social aspects of the Internet in general, such as issues of trust and identity. William Dutton, Nicole Ellison, Bernie Hogan, Joseph B. Walther 08 Mar 2010
48 Cooperation, Norms and Conflict: Towards Simulating the Foundations of Society In order to understand social systems, it is essential to identify the circumstances under which individuals spontaneously start cooperating or developing shared behaviors, norms, and culture. Dirk Helbing 05 Mar 2010
49 National Broadband Policies: Perspectives from the US and Britain Robert Hahn discusses his recent paper responding to the US Federal Communications Commission's request for guidance in designing a national US broadband plan. Robert Hahn 13 Nov 2009
50 Through the Network (of Networks): The Fifth Estate The Internet and web are creating a new space for networking people, information and other resources: this has the potential to become an important 'fifth estate' to support greater accountability in politics, the media and other institutional arenas. William Dutton 12 Sep 2008