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The Smith School offices are now closed, reflecting Oxford University's commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our community. The School is carrying on its work during these difficult times, with staff working remotely and with teaching activities and events moved online wherever possible.

Our research

Joining efforts from across the University, researchers at the Smith School are at the forefront of global efforts to understand the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) for business, the economy and the environment, and to help protect our communities.

Examples include: the relationship between temperature and infection rates for COVID-19, tracking the virus using AI, the consequences of the network structure of supply chains on economic impacts from the lockdown, the design of a "sustainable recovery" to the COVID-19 recession, an exploration of entrepreneurship and collaboration during COVID-19, and investigating the hotspots of human-wildlife interactions that could lead to future zoonotic disease.

In the news

Leadership and policy

Smith School researchers are actively engaged with policy makers both in the UK and around the world on COVID-19 related issues. Recent examples include an online lecture with Apolitical given to over 400 public servants and policymakers, exploring green recovery packages for COVID-19; a briefing for UK government, presented to BEIS in partnership with the COP26 Universities Network; and an online event with Al Gore and the Saïd Business School as part of the MBA programme on Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO).

COVID-19 and the University of Oxford

From vaccine developments to mapping, researchers across the University of Oxford are at the forefront of global efforts to understand the coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect our communities.

Information for staff and students

Advice, support, and help on navigating research, work, learning and well-being during the pandemic. Find out more on the University of Oxford website.