The Department of Politics and International Relations has a large number of research projects that cover a diverse range of topics. Many are interdisciplinary, shared with other departments and faculties in the University and with academics at other institutions.
Showcasing a Selection of Current Projects
The DPIR publicity brochures are created annually for the University alumni weekend, showcasing a selection of current DPIR research projects. Please open the file or click on the image for research projects for the academic years 2011-12 and 2012-13.
2011 - 12 2012-13
Prisoners in War (Professor Hew Strachan). Funded by Nuffield College Politics Research Support FundAfghanistan (Professor Hew Strachan). Funded by Ministry of DefenceAfter conflict and catastrophe: Civil-military operations in the 21st century (Professor Hew Strachan). Funded by Ministry of Defence; Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeAfghanistan and its Neighbours (Dr Sibylle Scheipers).Centre for International Studies
Confronting the limits of explanatory theory in International Relations (Dr Adam Humphreys). Funded by British Academy
Ending Mass Atrocities: Echoes in Southern Cultures (Dr Rama Mani).
Exit Strategies and the Consolidation of Peace (Professor Richard Caplan). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund, Carnegie Corporation and Folke Bernadotte Academy, NATO.
Global Youth and Media - Notions of Cosmopolitanism in the Global Public Space (Dr Sarmila Bose). Funded by Australian Research Council
Human Rights and Counter-terrorism in Global Governance: Reputation and Resistance (Professor Rosemary Foot). Funded by British Academy
The Great Powers and the Middle East since the First World War (Professor Avi Shlaim). Funded by British Academy Research Professorship
America's natural allies and adversaries: The role of identity in US-UK and US-China relations, 1900-1963 (Dr Yuen Foong Khong). Funded by Leverhulme Research Fellowship
Winners and losers: The politics of setting international financial reporting rules (Professor Walter Mattli). Funded by John Fell Research Development Fund
Emerging powers and international regimes: A comparative study of Brazil, China and India (Dr Amrita Narlikar/Dr Andy Hurrell). Funded by The Nuffield Foundation
Inclusion without membership: Bringing Russia, Ukraine and Belarus closer to Europe (Dr Roy Allison). Funded by British Academy Research Professorship
The international administration of war-torn territories (Professor Richard Caplan). Funded by United States Institute of Peace and the Leverhulme Trust
Protracted refugee situations and host state and regional security (Dr Gil Loescher). Funded by Ford Foundation / Nuffield Foundation
The consolidation of peace-building in Africa (Professor Neil MacFarlane).
Civic structures for Palestinian refugees (CIVITAS) (Dr Karma Nabulsi).
The anatomy of informal governance (Dr Jochen Prantl). Funded by ESRC First Grants Scheme
The Politics of WTO Reform (Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis).
Global Norms and Global Political Legitimacy (Mark Philp/Andrew Hurrell).
Rethinking Europe in a non-European world (RENEW) (Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Workshop: Peacebuilding and corruption (Dr Andrew Hurrell). Funded by World Bank
Disaggregating the globalized regulatory state: The cases of global regulation in food and transport (Professor Walter Mattli). Funded by British Academy
Regional Powers and Global Order (Professor Andrew Hurrell). Funded by German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Teaching Contemporary Palestinian Political History: Setting a Collaborative Research Agenda and Building Capacity (Dr Karma Nabulsi). Funded by British Academy
A single voice for effective multilateralism? EU foreign policy coordination and transatlantic conflicts over multilateral agreements (Caroline Fehl). Funded by VolkswagenStiftung, European Foreign and Security Policy Studies (EFSPS) Programme
Argumentative encounters: international crisis management as European foreign policy? (Dr Markus Kornprobst). Funded by British Academy; John Fell OUP Research Fund
Conference: 'Arguing global governance: lifeworlds, power, reasoning, persuasion, and change' (Dr Markus Kornprobst). Funded by British Academy
A 'force for good in the world'? Europe and the use of armed force after 11 September (Aleksandra Krakiewicz). Funded by VolkswagenStiftung
Archives for twentieth century international history (Dr Anne Deighton). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund Small Award
Sovereignty as responsibility (Professor Jennifer Welsh).
Transatlantic relations and world order: Understanding US-European conflicts over multilateral institutions (Dr Caroline Fehl). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council
Governing the Globe? (Professor Andrew Hurrell).
The political theory of politics (Professor Michael Freeden). Funded by ESRC Professorial Fellowship
The comparative study of political thought (Professor Michael Freeden). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Radical democrats: reconsidering US democracy (Dr Marc Stears). Funded by Leverhulme Research Fellowship
Modern Arabic Islamic Political Thought (Ronald Nettler).
British political pamphlets of the 19th and 20th centuries (Dr Elizabeth Frazer).
European Election Study, 2004: Great Britain (Dr James Tilley and Dr Christopher Wlezien).
Social inequalities and why it matters for the economic and democratic development of Europe and its citizens: Post-communist Central and Eastern Europe in comparative perspective (Professor Stephen Whitefield). Funded by 1.2 million European Commission Sixth Framework
Campaign dynamics in the referendums on the European Constitution (Dr Sara Binzer Hobolt). Funded by British Academy Small Research Grant
Primary and Secondary Effects in Educational Attainment (Dr Michelle Jackson).
Social Organisation in the Former Soviet Union (Professor Stephen Whitefield). Funded by Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship
Reconsidering party divisions in Western Europe: Lessons from the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe (Professor Stephen Whitefield). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund; Nuffield Foundation
Polling Observatory (Dr. Mark Pickup). Funded by Canadian Opinion Research Archive at Queen's University
Political attitudes of groups with knowledge-based disadvantages (Dr Gabor Toka).
Conference: The economy and vote choice in comparative perspective: The next generation (Prof Raymond Duch). Funded by British Academy
Religion, Euroscepticism and the Media (Dr Sara Binzer Hobolt). Funded by NORFACE REM Project
Social Capital and Small Worlds: theoretical and empirical advances (Professor Tom A.B. Snijders). Funded by ESRC First Grant
Voting Behaviour in Multilevel Elections: experimental evidence (Dr Sara Binzer Hobolt).
EUREQUAL: Social Inequality and Why it Matters (Professor Stephen Whitefield). Funded by European Commission Sixth Framework Programme
Realising welfare rights (Dr Katherine Eddy). Funded by ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship
The use of 'Ideal Theory' in social justice debates (Dr Katherine Eddy). Funded by British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
Conference: Genetics and justice (Dr Colin Farrelly). Funded by Wellcome Trust
Global Justice and the Environment (Prof Simon Caney).
On Cosmopolitanism: A Defence (Professor Simon Caney).
Rescuing Justice and Equality: Celebrating the Career of G A Cohen (Dr Stuart White).
Festivals of Freedom: Culture, Democracy, and the Making of the Free World (Professor Marc Stears). Funded by AHRC
Family Values: A Liberal Egalitarian Theory of the Family (Professor Adam Swift). Funded by AHRC
Being and becoming ethnic in Europe and Africa: The politics of ethnic recognition in Nigeria, France and the UK (Dr Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council
Democratic Accountability, Party Systems and Corruption in Democracies around the World (Dr Petra Schleiter). Funded by British Academy
Business to the Beat of the Drum: Chinese Agency and African Investment (Dr Ricardo Soares de Oliveira). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council
Equity and Climate Change (Professor Simon Caney). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council
Identity, Citizenship and Trust in a Dividing State: The Case of Sudan (Dr Philip Roessler). Funded by British Academy
Immigration attitudes in British Electoral politics (Dr Scott Blinder). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Institutional designs in regime transitions: limits to party pluralism in Europe (Prof Giovanni Capoccia). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Knots of Ungovernability: Mapping Popular Contention in China over Time and Space (Dr Patricia M. Thornton). Funded by British Academy
Measuring Social Networks and Political Influence (Dr Meredith Rolfe). Funded by British Academy
Political Conduct Strategies of First-time MPs (Dr David Hine and Dr Mark Philp). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Reform Capacity in European Welfare States (Dr Johannes Lindvall). Funded by British Academy
The Effects of the Southern Sudan Independence Referendum on Identity and Citizenship in Khartoum (Dr Philip Roessler). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
The Emotional Voter. An Experimental Test of the Impact of Emotions on British Electoral Behaviour (Dr Sara Binzer Hobolt). Funded by British Academy
Electoral Competition and the Organization of Violence in Kenya (Adrienne LeBas). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
The Political Consequences of Inequality (Professor F. David Rueda). Funded by British Academy
The Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Society (Chelsea Payne). Funded by Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand
The Theory And Practice Of Fostering Unity Amongst The Culturally Diverse Citizens Of Modern Polities (Dr Varun Uberoi). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council
Understanding Vote Choice in India: A new dataset on candidates for legislative office (Dr Adam Ziegfeld). Funded by British Academy and John Fell OUP Research Fund
William Godwin’s diary: Reconstructing a social and political culture 1788-1836 (Dr Mark Philp). Funded by Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and John Fell OUP Research Fund.
Perceptions of Power:Voter Attribution of Responsibility within the European Union (Dr Sara Binzer Hobolt). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council
Adolescent Peer Social Network Dynamics and Problem Behaviour (Professor Tom A.B.Snijders). Funded by National Institutes of Health
Ministerial structure and partisan competition for attention (Dr Sara Binzer Hobolt). Funded by Carlsberg Foundation
PIREDEU: Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union (Dr Sara Binzer Hobolt). Funded by European Commission
Peace Dividend, Angola-style: The New Business Class and the State after the Civil War (Dr Ricardo Soares de Oliveira). Funded by British Academy
Turkey: Illegal drugs, public policymaking and foreign relations (Dr Philip Robins). Funded by British Academy Small Research Grant
Democracy, parties and elections in Chile 1989-2005 (Mr Alan Angell). Funded by British Academy Small Research Grant
Anti-imperialist activity in Britain, 1900-1945, especially concerning India (Dr Nicholas Owen). Funded by British Academy Small Research Grant
Matsumoto Jiichiro and the making of modern Japan (Dr Ian Neary). Funded by British Academy Larger Research Grant
Measuring political repression in advanced democracies: A study of Western Europe (Prof Giovanni Capoccia). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund/British Academy/Nuffield Foundation
Militant democrats: Political repression in contemporary Western Europe (Prof Giovanni Capoccia). Funded by British Academy Senior Research Fellowship
Crisis management in Russian politics (Dr Paul Chaisty). Funded by British Academy Small Research Grant
China and Southeast Asia in Mekong River Basin: conflict, cooperation and security (Dr Evelyn Goh). Funded by British Academy Small Research Grant
The 'New Economy of Security' : Contemporary insecurities and the pluralization of coercive forces (Dr Sarah Percy). Funded by ESRC Research Seminar Grant
Measuring Power and Influence in Asia (Dr Evelyn Goh). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund Small Award; BA Small Grant
Countering Extremism: How can governments and communities be more effective? (Professor Hew Strachan). Funded by Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Cabinet Office
Particularism and Legislative Behaviour in the Russian Federation (Dr Paul Chaisty). Funded by Nuffield Foundation Social Sciences Small Grant
Democratic transition in the context of international administration (Oisín Tansey). Funded by ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship
The political economy of post-communist economic adjustment (Dr George G. Georgiadis). Funded by ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship
The challenge of religious accommodation (Dr Stuart White). Funded by Leverhulme Research Fellowship
Specialisation in Types of Political Participation in Europe (Dr Eline de Rooij).
The politics of welfare reform (Dr Johannes Lindvall). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund; Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse
Coping with innovation: The political regulation of personal information in comparative perspective (Dr Andreas Busch). Funded by ESRC
The Fifth Republic at Fifty: Fifty Years of Constitutional Change in Britain and France (Vernon Bogdanor). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
The Mediated Economy in the 2008 US Elections (Dr. Raymond Duch). Funded by The Nuffield Foundation
The Invasion of Britain: 1793-1815 (Dr Mark Philp).
ESRC Public Services Programme (Professor Christopher Hood).
Contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the Balkan crisis: (Dr Ioannis Armakolas).
Ethnicity, Violence and Electoral Competition: Kenya in Comparative Perspective (Dr Adrienne LeBas).
The American State (Professor Desmond King).
The politics of inequality in advanced industrial states (Professor F. David Rueda).
Parliaments and majority rule in East Central Europe (Dr Radoslaw Zubek). Funded by British Academy
The Egyptian Revolution One Year On: Causes, Characteristics and Progress (Dr. Reem Abou-El-Fadl). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Citizens, interest groups and legislative activity: A longitudinal study of interest representation (Dr. Heike Kluver). Funded by British Academy
External Actors in Conflict Management in the Post-Soviet Space (Dr Gwendolyn Sasse). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council
Post-War Reconstruction in Angola: Oil, the State and the Politics of Oligarchic Capitalism (Dr Ricardo Soares de Oliveira). Funded by Leverhulme Trust
History’s Rearview Mirror: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Dr Patricia M. Thornton). Funded by British Academy
Internal Party Democracy in post-Apartheid Africa (Dr Shane Mac Giollabhui). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Transnational Flows of Islamic Political Thought in Indonesian Debates over Liberal Islam: the Case of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (Dr Carlo Bonura). Funded by ASEASUK Research Grant
Taskforce on UK Energy, Foreign Policy and Development Assistance (Dr Ngaire Woods). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
The embedded aid system in Ghana (Dr Lindsay Whitfield). Funded by British Academy
Negotiating aid: how can aid-receiving governments expand their policy space (Dr Lindsay Whitfield).
Global Economic Governance (Dr Ngaire Woods). Funded by International Development Research Centre
Rolling out affordable health solutions for the world's poorest (Dr Ngaire Woods). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Joint initiative on the world trading system and economic governance (Dr Ngaire Woods). Funded by Ford Foundation
Global Economic Governance For Development: Finance, Intellectual Property and Trade (Professor Ngaire Woods). Funded by Ford Foundation
Global Migration Governance: Multiple and Contested Institutions (Dr Alexander Betts). Funded by MacArthur Foundation
The American State: An analytical narrative history (Professor Desmond King). Funded by Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship
Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy (Professor Nancy Bermeo). Funded by John Fell Fund OUP Research Fund
Humanitarian Ethics (Dr Hugo Slim).
The Responsibility to Prevent: Developing Ad hoc and Systemic Strategies (Professor Jennifer Welsh). Funded by AusAID
Why We Fight: The Purposes of Military Force in the Twenty-First Century (Dr Seth Lazar). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund
Biafra - Crises of democracy and citizenship in Nigeria (Ike Okonta). Funded by Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship
The politics of war commemoration in Mozambique (Dr Eric Morier-Genoud). Funded by British Academy Small Research Grant
Workshop: The politics of nations and nationalism in lusophone Africa (Dr Eric Morier-Genoud). Funded by British Academy
Democracy, identity and citizenship (Jan-Georg Deutsch). Funded by Nuffield Foundation
Sociological and Political Foundations of National Identity (Dr Sophie Duchesne). Funded by British Academy
Citizens Talking about Europe (Dr Sophie Duchesne).
The Renewal of the Sociology of the State (Des King and Patrick Le Galès).
Europe's Muslim Neighbourhoods (Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis).
French Politics (David Goldey and Pascal Perrineau).
Joint Doctoral Seminar in International Relations, Sciences-Po/Oxford (Andrew Hurrell).
Echoes of Imperialism (Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis).
Legislatures in Europe (Dr Katrin Auel).
Beyond the BRICs metaphor. Making sense of non-western power (Andrew Hurrell, Marie Mendras and Karoline Postel-Vinay).
Comparative Analysis of Elites (Jean-Pascal Daloz & Sudhir Hazareesingh).
Sequence Modelling of everyday activities (Laurent Lesnard (OSC) and Man-Yee Kan (Sociology)).
Electoral decision in France (Dr. Raymond Duch).
The Labour Market Integration of Immigrants in the UK and France: A Longitudinal Approach (Christel Kesler & Mirna Safi).
The Dualisation of European Societies (Bruno Palier and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser ).
The European Union in International Security (Christopher Bickerton and Bastien Irondelle).
The Labour Market Integration of Immigrants in the UK and France: A Longitudinal Approach (Christel Kesler and Mirna Safi ).
The Politics of Inequalities (Nonna Mayer and Nancy Bermeo).
Public services: Correlates of success in performance management (Professor Iain McLean). Funded by ESRC Research Grant
The performance assessment of local authorities in England (Dr Dirk Haubrich). Funded by ESRC Academic Placement Fellowship
Reviewing electoral boundaries (Dr David Butler). Funded by Committee on Standards in Public Life
Options for Britain II (Professor Iain McLean). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council; John Fell OUP Research Fund; Gatsby Foundation
Coverage of the 2011 Referendum in the Sudanese Media (Dr David Levy). Funded by Open Society Institute
Mapping Russia's internet for civil and uncivil society (Floriana Fossato). Funded by Open Society Institute Network Media Program
Money and the News (). Funded by The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd
Dancing with Democracy: Media-state relations in emerging democracies (David Levy/Adrian Hadland).
Axess research fellowship in comparative European journalism (Dr Henrik Örnebring). Funded by Ax:son Johnson Programme on Comparative European Journalism
Muslims and Islam in the European media & Europe in the media of Muslim majority countries (Dr Sarmila Bose). Funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung
Markets, morals and the media: Questions of ethics in business journalism (Dr Sarmila Bose). Funded by Nuffield College Politics Research Support Fund
News Media and Public Trust (Prof Stephen Coleman). Funded by Scott Trust Charitable Foundation
The Price of Plurality (Dr Tim Gardam).
International News: Provision, Trust and Consumption in a Rapidly Changing Broadcasting Environment (Dr David Levy). Funded by BBC, France24 and Carnegie Corporation.
Can It Tweet its way to Democracy? The promise of Participatory Media in Africa (Dr David Levy). Funded by Open Society Institute
Coverage of Major Infrastructure Projects in Britain and France (Dr David Levy). Funded by Isimm Ricerche
The Global News Challenge: Assessing Changing Provision, Consumption and Trust in International Broadcast News Supply in Africa and South Asia (Dr Anne Geniets). Funded by Green Templeton College
Coverage of the 2011 Referendum in the Sudanese Media (Dr David Levy). Funded by Open Society Institute
Trust in news media after the revolution: The case of Egypt (Professor Robert Picard). Funded by John Fell OUP Research Fund