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Cambridge and the Philomathia Foundation launch second phase of Social Sciences Research Programme

last modified Jun 06, 2018 09:30 AM

The second phase of the interdisciplinary Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme, a collaboration between the Philomathia Foundation and the University, has been launched to enable further pioneering work in addressing some of the major issues facing humanity today.

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Phase 2: Call for Proposals

last modified May 11, 2018 04:09 PM

Proposals are now invited for the next phase of projects in the programme. Phase 2 funding has a broad focus on the following themes: Public Policy, Global Cultures and Diversities, Material Culture, Health, Medicine and Society, Digital Society, and Big Data. Applications are encouraged from all Departments/Faculties in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. The deadline for applications is 10 May 2018. Further information about the call and how to apply can be found here .

5th Annual Philomathia Symposium

last modified Apr 05, 2018 12:29 PM

The 5th Annual Philomathia Symposium will take place in Spring 2019. More information will follow in due course.

'Tracking inequality in India: the story of a pioneer'

last modified Jul 07, 2017 02:14 PM

Dr Poornima Paidipaty speaks to Research Horizons about her research on the history of data and the development of metrics to understand inequality

'Within the current Indian context, in which economic growth and rising inequality are once again at the centre of public debate, it has become all the more important to understand the history of data, how it is produced and what numbers really represent'.

The full article can be accessed here.

New platform on international energy governance

last modified Jan 13, 2017 02:42 PM

New Platform on International Energy Governance

Professor Vinuales and Dr Duvic-Paoli are delighted to announce the creation of a Platform on International Energy Governance that brings together world leading universities and research centres active in the field of international energy law and policy. It aims to serve as a network of excellence that fosters the conduct of research in unexplored areas of international energy governance. The creation of the Platform was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Philomathia Foundation.

The Platform brings together world leading universities and research centres active in the field of international energy law and policy. The main objective is to attract academics, including doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, interested in pursuing state of the art research on international energy governance. Further aims include to promote exchanges between member institutions and beyond; facilitate data sharing; and advance education by promoting the design of new courses.

In addition to the University of Cambridge, other member institutions are the Centre for International Environmental Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva ;  the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee; the University of Oxford Faculty of Law; UCL Faculty of Laws; and Sciences Po Law School. For more information, see the Platform’s website:

Pedro Ramos Pinto on the inequality debates

last modified Sep 20, 2016 03:58 PM

Pedro Ramos Pinto, PI on the Philomathia project 'The measure of inequality: social knowledge in historical perspective', asks:

'Why has the debate on inequality come to the fore now, and why in such terms?'

The full article can accessed here: 

Wellcome Trust support for Forum 2016

last modified Feb 15, 2016 12:15 PM

The Philomathia programme is pleased to announce that the Wellcome Trust's Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) will match-fund this year's Forum workshops. ISSF

'The ISSF provides support for UK universities to invest in strategic areas of science, the humanities and social science where they consider there are opportunities and unmet needs'. For more about the Fund, click here.


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History of Wealth Project

This project, co-funded by the Philomathia Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the broader significance of wealth an inheritance in 19th and early-20th century Britain.

This programme was launched by POLIS in October 2013, and aims to train future policy-makers to value and promote evidence-based policies that can most benefit society.