DPIR Research

We seek to deepen scholarly understanding of government, politics and international relations and to contribute to practical solutions to problems of power, conflict and injustice in political and social life. Our research is organised through the three intersecting fields of Government and Politics, Political Theory and International Relations; our approach is inter-disciplinary with roots in history, philosophy and social science, both statistical and interpretive and ethnographic. We emphasise the rigorous interaction of epistemology and methodology, with developing techniques and methods, and the highest standards of scholarship, to produce research that has impact both academically and publicly.

Our researchers and students have access to, and membership of, an unrivalled number and range of specialist study centres and their associated experts, at the wider University. These include:

African Studies Centre, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), China Centre, European Studies Centre, Latin American Centre, Middle East Centre, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, Russian and East European Studies, South Asian Studies, South East European Studies at Oxford

Our academics edit of some of the highest profile academic journals – click here to view a full list.

The DPIR's three research clusters - International Studies, Political Theory, and Comparative Politics and Government.

The department actively supports an extensive range of research activity, with a strong record in securing research funding from external and University sources. These pages give an overview of current funded DPIR research projects.

Knowledge exchange describes the ‘to and fro’ between academic researchers and external partners. Bringing researchers, policy-makers and practitioners together is part of the way we work.