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Study shows that island bats are valuable allies for farmers

Dr Ricardo Rocha, Tutorial Fellow in Biology at Jesus College and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, has co-authored a new study highlighting how bats can be valuable allies to farmers, by feeding on important agricultural pests. The findings demonstrate that encouraging bat species can be a win-win for both conservation efforts, and local farmers.  


Senior Research Fellow Vili Lehdonvirta awarded ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Senior Research Fellow, has been awarded an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant of up to €2.5 million to explore the geopolitics of cloud computing, and the impacts of data being increasingly stored on ‘hyperscale’ data centres operated by multinational cloud computing providers, rather than on users’ own devices. Whilst this concentration generates significant economies of scale and improves energy efficiency, it also creates new systemic risks and impacts international relations, as governments and economies become more reliant on infrastructures that are often situated in another country.


Project Amplify

Project Amplify is an innovative education programme that aims to empower young Jamaican students in the design and use of emerging digital environments, with a specific focus on the metaverse. The one-year project is a collaboration between Jamaican youth empowerment organisation Youth Can Do I.T. (YCDI) and Jesus College, and is being funded through the College’s Development Fund, which is generously supported by Jesus alumni. It launched in February 2023, and is led by researcher Dr Samantha-Kaye Johnston, Supernumerary Fellow in Education at Jesus, and YCDI colleagues Cherika Wilson and Christopher Derrell.


Researcher Stories: Policy Engagement

In the latest film in the University of Oxford’s Policy Engagement Network Researcher Stories: Policy Engagement series, Seth Flaxman, Tutorial Fellow and Associate Professor in Computer Science, talks about his collaboration with Lucie Culver, Professor of Child and Family Social Work, during the COVID-19 pandemic to improve global understanding of the number of children ‘left behind’ by losing a parent or guardian during the pandemic.

Seth and Lucie’s work has directly informed child protection policies and systems in a number of countries, to ensure children impacted by the loss of a parent or caregiver receive the support they need.


Professor Tim Coulson awarded €2.5m ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Tim Coulson, joint Head of the Department of Biology at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow in Zoology at Jesus College, is one of four Oxford researchers to have been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant of €2.5 million over five years to explore their most innovative and ambitious ideas.

Tim will investigate the ecological and evolutionary consequences of changes in predation within an ecosystem, and the long-term consequences it can have on an environment. This will be explored across three different ecological systems: Yellowstone National Park in the US, freshwater streams in Trinidad, and the oceanic islands surrounding Australia.


Dr Roxana Radu elected Chair of Global Internet Governance Academic Network

Dr Roxana Radu, a Supernumerary Fellow at Jesus College and Departmental Lecturer in Technology and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, has been elected as the new Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers in internet governance, founded in 2006 to establish internet governance as a field of study, and support multidisciplinary scholarship in the field.


AI experts say 40% of time spent on mundane chores could be automated within 10 years

A new study, co-authored by Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College and Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research at the Oxford Internet Institute, has found that 40% of time currently devoted to unpaid housework, and care of children and other family members could be automated within the decade.

The research by academics at the University of Oxford and Ochanomizu University, was published in February in the journal PLOS ONE.



Engineering research to return voice to paralysed patients

Dr Oiwi Parker Jones, a Hugh Price Fellow at Jesus College, was recently awarded a Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship to create a research group in the University’s Department of Engineering Science.

The new Oxford Neural Engineering Group will focus on the development of neural prosthetics for paralysed patients, and on the development of deep learning methods for brain-computer interfaces. In addition to the MCR award, Oiwi will also become a Principal Investigator at the Oxford Robotics Institute.



Danish-UK research collaboration aims to develop effective obesity management programmes

Senior Research Fellow Professor Susan Jebb OBE is part of group of leading researchers from Denmark and the United Kingdom that has been awarded a €24.2 million grant to develop and test new obesity management programmes.

The goal of the new Lighthouse Consortium on Obesity Management (LightCOM) research project is to improve health and quality of life through solutions that can contribute to lasting changes, including long-term weight loss.


Researcher invites parents to contribute to UK parental leave reform debate

Francesca Arduini, Lecturer in Economics at Jesus College and an ESRC researcher at University College London, is inviting people to participate in a short survey on their experiences and views on parental leave, as part of a research project that aims to inform policy recommendations for the reform of parental leave in the UK.


Philip Burrows elected Chair of High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider Collaboration Board

Professor Philip Burrows, Senior Research Fellow in Physics at Jesus College, has been elected Collaboration Board Chair of the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LC) Collaboration.

Philip, who is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, was elected at the HL-LHC Collaboration meeting in September 2022 in Uppsala, Sweden.


The impact of controversy over the royal succession

Professor Paulina Kewes is Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor in English Literature and Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. Thanks to the award of a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship in 2021, Paulina has undertaken a three-year book project (2021-24) exploring the impact of the fierce controversy over the royal succession which dominated the reigns of Henry VIII’s childless children – the evangelical Edward VI, the Catholic Mary I, and the Protestant Elizabeth I.


Understanding the nutrition and physiology of bees

Professorial Fellow Geraldine Wright is Hope Professor of Zoology (Entomology), the first woman to hold this prestigious professorship, and follows eminent British zoologist Professor Sir Charles Godfray, who held the post from 2006-2018.

Geraldine’s research focuses on the study how insects detect, learn about, and regulate their intake of nutrients. Her lab – the Bee Research Lab – specifically investigates the nutrition and physiology of honeybees and bumblebees, using an approach that includes sensory biology of the chemical senses, learning and memory, nutrition, and the ecology of plant-pollinator interactions.