Ross James Gildea

Research Topic:

Political Psychology/International Relations
International Relations Network
Mansfield College
DPhil International Relations


My research interests include:

  • Political Psychology,
  • International Relations,
  • Experimental and Mixed Methods,
  • Humanitarian Intervention,
  • Transnational Politics of Human Rights,
  • Behavioural Public Policy.

I am interested in how insights from the behavioural sciences can enhance social scientific research and public policy. My doctoral project seeks to explain patterns of issue selection and prioritisation in transnational humanitarian networks from a political psychology perspective. It examines how the use of cognitive heuristics by decision-makers influences issue adoption in these networks, particularly among major human rights and development organisations. I also teach an undergraduate course in political psychology and international relations at Mansfield College.

Before coming to Oxford, I attained an MSc (Research) in Political Science & Public Administration at Leiden University, an MA in Politics from University College Dublin, and a BA in Sociological and Political Studies & English from the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway.


NUI Travelling Studentship in Economics, Politics and Social Policy 2017-2020

Research institution: University of Oxford.

University of Oxford +3 ESRC Scholar 2016-2019

Economic and Social Research Council

University of Oxford Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) ESRC studentship.

DPIR Studentship 2017/2018

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

DPIR Studentship 2016/2017

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

Prize for Best Research Master Thesis 2016

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University.

Prize for Best Research Master Thesis 2016

Institute of Political Science, Leiden University.

Finalist: Prize for Best Research Master Thesis (All departments) 2016

Leiden University 2016.

Ross James Gildea


Book Review 

  • "Whether to Kill: The Cognitive Maps of Violent and Nonviolent Individuals." Stephanie Dornschneider. 2016. International Studies Review, 2017.

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • "Oil,  Autocracy, and US Public Support for War" (co-author with Muradova, L. H.)
  • British International Studies Association, US Foreign Policy Working Group Annual Conference 2017