Oxford has a strong commitment to research on topics related to globalisation and global challenges. Oxford staff and student researchers address many of the major challenges that face our society, from language conservation to new vaccines, ageing to obesity, new energy sources to biodiversity. They use innovative research techniques and modern technology, both to examine problems of the modern world and to understand better the ancient world.
Oxford Martin School: A unique, interdisciplinary research community of over 300 scholars working to address the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. From the governance of geoengineering and the possibilities of quantum physics, to the future of food and the implications of our ageing population, the Martin School supports over 30 individual research teams from across the University of Oxford to consider some of the biggest questions that concern our future.
Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health: A collection of research groups focused on infectious diseases and who are permanently based in Africa and Asia, as well as within Oxford. Our research in tropical medicine ranges from clinical studies to behavioural sciences, with capacity building integral to all of our activities.
Clinical Trial Service Unit: The unit's work chiefly involves studies of the causes and treatment of both infectious and chronic diseases (such as cancer, heart attack or stroke). Much of the research is carried out overseas, in collaboration with local partners.
The Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH): An internationally recognised centre of excellence specialising in areas of population health that are of increasing importance in the 21st century, from health economics to bioethics to the societal costs of cancer. Over 500 staff from a number of world leading research groups work with the NDPH.
Energy and the environment
Environmental Change Institute: Oxford's interdisciplinary institute for research on the complex processes of global environmental change, the exploration of sustainable solutions, and the promotion of change for the better through partnership and education.
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: Focuses on advanced research on energy policy, markets, and the production and consumption of oil, natural gas, and electricity.
Oxford Future Energy: Brings together researchers from across the sciences undertaking research into how to provide a clean, safe, secure, and sustainable global energy supply.