CIS - About Us
The Centre for International Studies (CIS) was established in 1992 to serve as a focal point for research in International Relations conducted at DPIR. The Centre supports the IR research cluster at DPIR including major internally and externally funded research programmes, a range of smaller research projects and the individual research of faculty and post-doctoral fellows. It also provides small grants for events, convenes conferences, colloquia and seminars and hosts visiting scholars. Research programmes brought under the CIS research cluster in the last three years include: the Cyber Studies Programme, PRIMO, PEFM, SEESOX, Democracy and Justice beyond the State, and The World Leaders Oxford Exit Interviews. In addition to this CIS is associated with the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) and the Changing Character of War (CCW) Programme, as well as supporting four student-led groups, including the DPIR Film Society and the STAIR Review.
In the last two academic years CIS has successfully launched ‘CIS Book Manuscript Workshops’ which have proved of great value to book authors. Books discussed include: Humanitarian Ethics: A Guide to the Morality of Aid in War and Disaster by Hugo Slim and Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes by Thomas Hale. It has also launched ‘CIS Conversations’ as a flexible format for discussions related to on-going IR events, without background papers.
CIS has an established online presence via its webpages, which includes podcasts of many of the events organised by the Centre, and through social media, with over 8000 likes on its facebook page, which is managed by a student representative on its Committee.
The work of CIS is conducted in close association with other IR-related centres, programmes and departments around the University including the Blavatnik School of Government, Department of Economics, European Studies Centre, Faculty of Law, Global Economic Governance Programme, Merton College’s Global Directions, Middle East Centre, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford Martin School, Rothermere American Institute and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. Many of these are represented on the CIS Management Committee.