Below is just a small selection of the research projects taking place at DPIR. For a full list, click here.
The mass killing of civilians, both in and outside armed conflict, is one of the greatest challenges facing human civilisation. How do political ideas drive such violent actions?
Who is liable for state debts, and who benefits from state dividends? These are touch choices for governments and raise pressing questions of political theory.
The relationship between Japan and China has been prone to repeated episodes of mistrust, tension and mutual recrimination. Why?
Revenues from oil, gas or mineral resources have the potential to transform a country and the lives of its citizens by reducing poverty and increasing prosperity. But it is rare that countries and their citizens do benefit. Why?
What kinds of justification do we have for deciding when to act violently or non-violently? Where do we draw the line between political action and violent action?
Civil resistance has been an important part of political action for over a hundred years. How does it challenge our understanding of power, and how does non-violent action interact with military force?
Networks, Centres and Programmes
DPIR hosts a range of research centres, networks and programmes which set research agendas and host scholars from across the world.