CIS seeks to foster a wide range of approaches to research, much of it interdisciplinary. It has become one of the largest centres in Europe for advanced research in international relations on topics within the broader themes of global governance and international peace and security. A wide range of research programmes and projects of varying size are associated with CIS, often in conjunction with a College or another Department. These programmes and projects seek their own funding independently from CIS, which can sometimes provide small seed funding and helps coordinate and maximise synergies between initiatives.
Changing Character of War (CCW) Programme Dr Rob Johnson and Dr Annette Idler
Civil Resistance and Power Politics: Domestic and International Dimensions Professor Sir Adam Roberts and Professor Timothy Garton Ash
Cyber Studies Programme Dr Lucas Kello
Emerging Powers and Global Order Professor Andrew Hurrell
Measuring Peace Consolidation Professor Richard Caplan
Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) Dapo Akande, David Rodin and Jennifer Welsh
Oxford International History Research Network Professor Anne Deighton
Power and Region in a Multipolar Order (PRIMO) Professor Andrew Hurrell
Rethinking Europe in a non-European World (RENEW) Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis
Teaching Contemporary Palestinian Political History Dr Karma Nabulsi
The Oxford University Archives of World Leaders Exit Interviews Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis and Professor Hartmut Mayer
Enacting Global Transformation This initiative aims to evoke critical rethinking of prevailing paradigms of power underlying today’s intertwined crises of war and governance.
UN Governance and Reform This project undertakes policy-orientated research on the structures, effectiveness and utility of the UN System.
University of Oxford Research
- Between European Law and International Relations This is an interdepartmental collaboration between the Oxford Law Faculty and the DPIR that aims to bring together scholars engaged in EU related research.
- Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) CRIC focuses on pathways to and from politically motivated violence and conflict resolution and training in various environments with diverse actors across the globe. Based at Harris Manchester College.
- Global Directions
Global Directions is a research group of the fellows and graduate students at Merton College working on pressing contemporary international challenges. International conferences and public events provide a stimulating environment for anyone interested in issues such as climate change, economic development and the regulation of armed conflict.
- Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace) The Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace) is a multi-disciplinary initiative to promote the academic study of peace, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping at the University of Oxford. OxPeace comprises scholars and students from a variety of disciplines.
- Oxford Transitioinal Justice Research (OTJR)
Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) is an inter-disciplinary network of academics and students working on issues of transition in societies recovering from conflict and/or repressive rule. Founded in 2007, it is now a large and diverse academic community conducting research in this field.
- Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme (PEFM)
PEFM aims to shed light on the way in which institutions, including macroeconomic policy frameworks, interact with financial markets. It seeks to promote a better understanding of financial markets and to contribute to improved policy formulation and execution in the future.
- South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX)
SEESOX is part of the European Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. It focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between European integration and the politics, economics and societies of the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.
- The Global Economic Governance Programme
The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Programme was established in 2003 to foster research and debate into how global markets and institutions can better serve the needs of people in developing countries. GEG has a core group of scholars based in Oxford and a network of academics and practitioners across developed and developing countries, co-hosted by University College and the Blavatnik School of Government.
- The Oxford Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme The Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme provides exceptional early career researchers with a unique opportunity to work on global governance and the role of developing and emerging countries in the world political economy.
- War and Peace at Oxford. World-class research, teaching and debate on war, peace, conflict and security.
All CIS-affiliated student groups are strongly encouraged to maintain constitutions specifying procedures for naming executive members on an annual basis. The University’s Clubs Office provides sample club constitutions here.
- The CCW working group, part of the Changing Character of War (CCW) programme, is a student-led initiative that aims to facilitate research into the causes, character and consequences of armed conflict. With meetings taking place every fortnight, the group serves as a forum for students and researchers to discuss their own work and developments in the field, and as a meeting point to find areas of mutual interest and opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. Contact: email@example.com
- Critical Theories and World Politics
This is a student-led roundtable series at Oxford University for interdisciplinary discussion of world politics. Supported by the Centre for International Studies (CIS), these seminars draw on approaches from the humanities and the social sciences, explicitly seeking to bring different disciplines to bear on each other and on common areas of intellectual inquiry. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oxford Central Africa Forum (OCAF) OCAF founded in 2010, hopes to push forward the research on a wide range of explicitly interdisciplinary issues pertaining to the many challenges faced by the fascinating region of Central Africa. It seeks to bring together academic researchers, graduate students, development practitioners and policy-makers to informally discuss current events as well as historical developments. Contact: email@example.com
- Oxford International Relations Society The Oxford International Relations Society was founded in 2009 with the aim of delivering the arguments of scholars, policy-makers and commentators through weekly speaker events on wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary topics. The society publishes a student-led termly journal ‘Lighthouse’ as well as podcasts, daily bulletins and blogs. IRSoc also leads trips to think-tanks Chatham House and IISS to connect Oxford students with the wider IR community. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (MT 2016-TT 2017), email@example.com (MT 2017-HT 2018)
- Oxford University Strategic Studies Group (OUSSG) The OUSSG was founded with the assistance of military historian, Professor Sir Michael Howard OM CH KBE MC, over forty years ago as a non-partisan society devoted to the examination of contemporary strategic and international affairs through speaking events and field study trips. The central feature of its activities is a weekly seminar, which is given by distinguished men and women from the diplomatic, military, political, intelligence, academic, business and media fields. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
- St Antony's International Review (STAIR) St Antony's International Review is Oxford's journal of global affairs, a peer-reviewed, academic journal established in 2005 by graduate members of St Antony's College at the University of Oxford. Contact:email@example.com
Completed Programmes and Projects
Completed Research Projects:
- EUK@Ox - Paul Flather
- The Paradoxical Role of Religion and Spirituality in Conflict, Peacebuilding and Governance - Dr Rama Mani
- Global Trade Ethics - Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, Dr Carolyn Deere and Emily Jones
- International Politics: The Rules of the Game- Professor Yuen Foong Khong
- Disaggregating the globalized regulatory state: The cases of global regulation in food and transport - Professor Walter Mattli
- China, the United States and Global Order - Professor Rosemary Foot
- Exit Strategies and Peace Consolidation - Professor Richard Caplan
- The Anatomy of Informal Governance
- Global Migration Governance: Multiple and Contested Institutions - Dr Alexander Betts
- Human Security and the UN: A Critical History - Professors Neil MacFarlane and Yuen Foong Khong
- The International Administration of War-Torn Territories
- The Consolidation of Peace-building in Africa
- Inclusion without Membership: Bringing Russia, Ukraine and Belarus closer to EuropeBringing Russia, Ukraine and Belarus closer to Europe
- Winners and Losers: The Politics of Setting International Financial Reporting Rules
- The Great Powers and the Middle East since the First World War
- Workshop: Peacebuilding and Corruption
- Governing the Globe?
- Human Rights and Counter-terrorism in Global Governance: Reputation and Resistance
- Protracted Refugee Situations and Host State and Regional Security
- Europe's role in a changing world
- Sovereignty as Responsibility
- Ending Mass Atrocities: Echoes in Southern Cultures
- Conflict, Intervention and Social (Re)constructionn Dana Eyre and Whit Mason