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Links with international colleagues

Our academics work extensively with peers from other institutions and organisations across the globe

Whether it is through collaborative research, co-authorship in journals and publications, membership of committees and boards, or participating at international conferences, this exchange of perspectives helps to advance the transfer of knowledge, creating impact on international issues, ranging from poverty to crime, to financial instability.

Our research centres have well over 50 international research fellows who are involved in numerous projects.

Here we showcase some of our work:

A multidisciplinary centre of excellence providing expertise to professional service firms  

The Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms has strong links to the Journal of Professions and Organization (JPO), hosting the journal’s launch event earlier this year. Published by Oxford University Press, the JPO aims to be the premier outlet for research on professional organisations, including their work, management, and broader social and economic role.

Eminent academics from other institutions such as JPO Editor-in-Chief, David Brock of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and JPO Editor, Hüseyin Leblebici of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are part of the Centre’s community of International Research Fellows.

The JPO editorial board includes faculty from 45 universities, two of which are from the Novak Druce Centre, and seeks to tap into a network of international scholars in sociology, management, psychology and geography, as well as economics and business history. This broad perspective makes JPO unique and puts it at the forefront of the development towards more integrated and multidisciplinary research in this field.

Identifying the secrets of success in big science projects

Dr Janet Smart has joined forces with Maura Launchbury, who is responsible for the project management processes at the UK’s national synchrotron facility: Diamond Light Source. Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from X-rays to infra-red to help the scientific and industrial communities study small samples of materials across biology, physics, chemistry, engineering and the life sciences.

Dr Smart is a Senior Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School, where she researches complex systems and major programme management. She is also Co-Director of the University’s CABDyN Complexity Centre. This collaboration between the Saïd Business School and Diamond aims to compare the management practices of Diamond with those of ATLAS, one of the particle detectors at CERN. The research will focus on project management practices, governance and decision-making, organisational culture, supply chain management and leadership.

The findings will help to inform the work of project managers and scientists involved in big science projects around the world.

Critical reflections on social entrepreneurship: a five seminar collaborative effort

Professor Alex Nicholls of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School is leading a five seminar collaborative effort - bringing together academics from across the world to stimulate dialogue and reflection around social enterprise.

The project involves close collaboration with our co-investigators: Dr Pascal Dey of the University of St Gallen, Dr Simon Teasdale of Glasgow Caledonian and Michael Bull of Manchester Metropolitan University. A wide range of eminent international experts are also contributing to the project.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the project’s aims correspond closely with ESRC’s strategic priority: to build a vibrant and fair society.

The power of social enterprise (SE) to tackle social problems has received much attention in recent years. However, there is a lack of thorough empirical research around the transformative and regenerative potential of SE. The aim of this project is to deepen the evidence base that can inform policy and practice in the UK and internationally to support the development of social cohesion, civil and civic engagement, and democratic renewal.

The findings will be featured in a final report, and a special edition of Professor Alex’s Journal.

Forecasting financial crises

Dr Felix Reed-Tsochas, co-director of Oxford’s CABDyN Complexity Centre, is working with academics from 14 international institutions on a scientific project, FOC (Forecasting Financial Crises), designed to increase understanding of systemic risk in financial markets.

Researchers are developing a collaborative ICT (Information and Communication Technology) platform to monitor systemic fragility and the propagation of financial distress across international markets. This will allow experts to evaluate different algorithms and models for forecasting financial crises, and make it possible to visualise possible future scenarios interactively.

The project is led by the National Research Council of Italy’s Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi and funded by the European Commission's FET Open Scheme for ICT.

Securing the future of the internet

Professor David Upton and colleagues from the University of Exeter, the Cybercrime Research Institute, Royal Holloway and University College London (UCL), are working together as part of the Global Centre for Cybersecurity Capacity-Building, hosted by the Oxford Martin School.

Directed by Professor Sadie Creese, from Oxford’s department of Computer Science, the programme aims to understand how to deliver effective cyber-security both within the UK and internationally.

The research is focused on understanding what works and what doesn’t work – identifying the approaches that enhance safety and security online in ways that respect other core values, such as privacy and freedom of expression.

Funded by the British Government, we are working with a wide range of global partners, including Governments, international organisations and the private sector. The knowledge is made available to governments, communities and organisations to support international policymaking, improve our international ability to deter and defend against cyber-attacks and stimulate good practice in society.

The ultimate goal is to help safeguard cyberspace, so that the internet can continue to grow and innovate in support of wellbeing, human rights and prosperity for all.

The impact of neurosciences on economics, marketing and philosophy

Neuroimaging techniques have enabled detailed understanding of how humans make their choices. This has led to the rapid multiplication of new neuro-fields: areas such as neuroeconomics, neuromarketing and neurophilosophy are transforming the social sciences and the humanities (SSH).

The common element in all applications of neuroscience in the social sciences and humanities is the redefinition of what autonomy means at the individual, institutional, and societal level. This will have deep impacts on the social and legal fabric of society, and these effects may already become clear in the next decade.

A thorough understanding of these transformations is therefore very urgent.

Our Head of Science and Technology Studies, Professor Steve Woolgar, has teamed up with researchers from the Institute Jean Nicod, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Virtual Knowledge Studio. This ambitious Open Research Area project is funded by government bodies from each of the partner institution countries is the first project of its kind.

The results of the project will be valuable to researchers in this field, to the neuroscientists who disseminate their results in SSH, and to the public anxious about the practical impact of the neurosciences on their daily lives.