Freya Cole Norton

DPhil Socio-Legal Studies


Freya Cole Norton is a DPhil Candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS), University of Oxford. She is supervised by Professor Linda Mulcahy. Freya’s doctoral project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (1+3 ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership), and looks at the localisation of social security to local government, with a particular focus on the design decisions made by actors involved in the production of welfare schemes.

Freya previously graduated with an MPhil in Socio-Legal Research from the CSLS in October 2023. Her MPhil thesis explored the localisation of local welfare assistance schemes from central to local government, and the implications of this move on the design of the schemes across England. Prior to joining Oxford, Freya read Law at the University of York.

Research projects & programmes

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies