CIS seeks to foster a wide range of approaches to research, much of it interdisciplinary. It has become one of the largest centres in Europe for advanced research in international relations on topics within the broader themes of global governance and international peace and security.
- Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) CRIC focuses on pathways to and from politically motivated violence and conflict resolution and training in various environments with diverse actors across the globe. Based at Harris Manchester College.
Cyber Studies Programme
The Cyber Studies Programme seeks to create a new body of knowledge that clarifies the consequences of information technology for the structures and processes of political systems.
- Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC)
An interdisciplinary research programme that aims to strengthen law, norms and institutions to restrain, regulate and prevent armed conflict.
The Oxford University Archives of World Leaders Exit Interviews This programme engages the academic community in Oxford, both senior academics and graduate students, with high office holders in international affairs. The programme brings world leaders who have left office to Oxford University in order to conduct long broadcasted interviews.
Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme (PEFM)
PEFM aims to shed light on the way in which institutions, including macroeconomic policy frameworks, interact with financial markets. In the wake of the global and euro area crises, it seeks to promote a better understanding of financial markets and to contribute to improved policy formulation and execution in the future. The programme was established in October 2012 at the European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford.
- Power and Region in a Multipolar Order (PRIMO)PRIMO studies the actions, relations, processes and mechanisms of BRICS states’ interactions, both in their own regions and with well-established powers, multilateral institutions and non-state actors.
- South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX)
SEESOX is part of the European Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. It focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between European integration and the politics, economics and societies of the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. The film, “SEESOX: Our Mission”, tells the story of SEESOX from its inception in 2002, through the words of its Chair, Director and associates and can be watched here.
Civil Resistance and Power Politics: Domestic and International Dimensions
Professor Sir Adam Roberts and Professor Timothy Garton Ash
Emerging Powers and Global Order
Professor Andrew Hurrell
Oxford International History Research Network
Professor Anne Deighton
Rethinking Europe in a non-European World (RENEW)
Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis
UN Governance and Reform
Mr Sam Daws
Between European Law and International Relations This is an interdepartmental collaboration between the Oxford Law Faculty and the Department of Politics & International Relations that aims at bringing together scholars engaged in EU related research and stimulating interdepartmental conversation on the topical issues of Europe.
Changing Character of War (CCW) Programme The Changing Character of War (CCW) Programme is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of war and conflict and has published 11 titles in its series at Oxford University Press. CCW conduct research on a wide range of issues surrounding the history of armed conflict in the modern period.
CCW's research analyses current thinking about the conduct, terminology, technology and structural development of war from a variety of disciplinary angles, as well as the effect of national, regional and world organisations on its character.
War and Peace at Oxford. World-class research, teaching and debate on war, peace, conflict and security.
EUK@Ox The EUK@Ox group was created by Paul Flather in 2014 to bring together people at Oxford interested in the UK in the EU debate. The network includes the Europeaum, DPIR, European Studies Centre, Maison Francaise d’Oxford, the Law School, and the Social Policy Department.
Global Directions is a research group of the fellows and graduate students at Merton College working on pressing contemporary international challenges. International conferences, day-to-day exchange, informal seminars as well as public events provide a stimulating environment for anyone interested in issues such as climate change, humanitarian crisis response, economic development, nuclear proliferation, the regulation of armed conflict, and the effects of the changing distribution of power in the international system, particularly with the rise of China and India.
The Global Economic Governance Programme
The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Programme was established in 2003 to foster research and debate into how global markets and institutions can better serve the needs of people in developing countries. GEG is a research programme with a core group of scholars based in Oxford and a network of academics and practitioners across developed and developing countries, co-hosted by University College and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.
The Oxford Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme The Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme provides exceptional early career researchers with a unique opportunity to work on global governance and the role of developing and emerging countries in the world political economy. The programme offers two-year post-doctoral fellowships to nationals from non-OECD countries, allowing them to develop and test their ideas at two of the world’s leading research universities.
Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace) The Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace) is a multi-disciplinary initiative to promote the academic study of peace, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping at the University of Oxford. OxPeace comprises scholars and students from a variety of disciplines. It organizes lectures, seminars and conferences, and through its email lists it publicizes information about other related events.
- Oxford Central Africa Forum (OCAF) OCAF founded in 2010, hopes to push forward the research on a wide range of explicitly interdisciplinary issues pertaining to the many challenges faced by the fascinating region of Central Africa. It seeks to bring together academic researchers, graduate students, development practitioners and policy-makers to informally discuss current events as well as historical developments.
Changing Character of War Working Group on Armed Conflict
The working group, part of the Changing Character of War (CCW) programme, is a student-led initiative that aims to facilitate research into the causes, character and consequences of armed conflict. With meetings taking place every fortnight, the group serves as a forum for students and researchers to discuss their own work and developments in the field, and as a meeting point to find areas of mutual interest and opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. Meetings are listed on the CCW events page.
Critical Theories and World Politics
This is a student-led roundtable series at Oxford University for interdisciplinary discussion of world politics. Supported by the Centre for International Studies (CIS), these seminars draw on approaches from the humanities and the social sciences, explicitly seeking to bring different disciplines to bear on each other and on common areas of intellectual inquiry.
The series seeks to ask consider questions about world politics using methodological approaches informed by critical theories. We are particularly interested in issues of representation, language and ideology, gender, race, class, memory, space/place, political ecologies, anti-colonial politics, resistance and in thinking beyond and around borders.
- DPIR Film Society
The Film Society of the Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford, screens the best of world cinema. Each film is on the theme of international politics, introduced by Oxford academics.
Oxford University Strategic Studies Group (OUSSG) (Affiliated Group)
The Oxford University Strategic Studies Group (OUSSG) was founded with the assistance of military historian, Professor Sir Michael Howard OM CH KBE MC, over forty years ago as a non-partisan society devoted to the examination of contemporary strategic and international affairs through speaking events and field study trips. The central feature of its activities is a weekly seminar, which is given by distinguished men and women from the diplomatic, military, political, intelligence, academic, business and media fields.
St Antony's International Review (STAIR) (Affiliated Group) St Antony's International Review (STAIR) is Oxford's journal of global affairs, a peer-reviewed, academic journal established in 2005 by graduate members of St Antony's College at the University of Oxford.
Completed Research Projects:
- The Paradoxical Role of Religion and Spirituality in Conflict, Peacebuilding and Governance - Dr Rama Mani
- Global Trade Ethics - Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, Dr Carolyn Deere and Emily Jones
- International Politics: The Rules of the Game- Professor Yuen Foong Khong
- Disaggregating the globalized regulatory state: The cases of global regulation in food and transport - Professor Walter Mattli
- China, the United States and Global Order - Professor Rosemary Foot
- Exit Strategies and Peace Consolidation - Professor Richard Caplan
- The Anatomy of Informal Governance
- Global Migration Governance: Multiple and Contested Institutions - Dr Alexander Betts
- Human Security and the UN: A Critical History - Professors Neil MacFarlane and Yuen Foong Khong
- The International Administration of War-Torn Territories
- The Consolidation of Peace-building in Africa
- Inclusion without Membership: Bringing Russia, Ukraine and Belarus closer to EuropeBringing Russia, Ukraine and Belarus closer to Europe
- Winners and Losers: The Politics of Setting International Financial Reporting Rules
- The Great Powers and the Middle East since the First World War
- Workshop: Peacebuilding and Corruption
- Governing the Globe?
- Human Rights and Counter-terrorism in Global Governance: Reputation and Resistance
- Protracted Refugee Situations and Host State and Regional Security
- Europe's role in a changing world
- Sovereignty as Responsibility
- Ending Mass Atrocities: Echoes in Southern Cultures
- Conflict, Intervention and Social (Re)constructionn Dana Eyre and Whit Mason