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Research Excellence

DPIR achieved excellent scores in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, confirming the excellence of our research.

The proportion of Oxford’s research outputs judged to be world-leading has also risen significantly since the last REF exercise in 2014.

DPIR's diverse community bridges International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. It creates a rich intellectual environment for interdisciplinary engagement.

Our research community holds in-depth, area-specific expertise in the politics of Europe, Russia and the Former Soviet Union, the US, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Our researchers are committed to academic and analytical rigour. We create new theoretical frameworks and develop innovative new ways for gathering, processing and analysing data.