About Us

The great challenges of our time – such as rapid globalisation, population growth, emerging pandemics, or climate change – share one feature.  All refuse to sit neatly within traditional academic disciplines. This common factor makes these challenges difficult to grapple with, whether as individuals, businesses, or governments, and therefore for societies as a whole.

Our response is the Oxford Martin School. 

A School for the future

No other university, anywhere in the world, hosts a research organisation like the Oxford Martin School. The School supports over 300 researchers, drawn from across Oxford and beyond, working to address the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. They are grouped into interdisciplinary programmes, studying subjects as diverse as the future of the global food system to rethinking economics, and from the human rights of future generations to innovation in healthcare. 

The unifying theme is that to qualify for our support, the research must: be of the highest academic calibre; tackle issues of a global scale; could not have been undertaken without our support; and have a real impact beyond academia. 

We provide our academics with the time, space and means to work collaboratively and engage more effectively with policy makers, business people and the general public, and we organise a dynamic programme of events to inspire these audiences with the ideas generated by the Oxford Martin School.

The School was founded with the belief that this century, and specifically the next two decades, is a crucial turning point for humanity. The sheer speed of change means that we now have the power to destroy possibilities for future generations. Equally, we have the potential to dramatically improve the wellbeing of people across the planet.

It is this combination of urgency and optimism that characterises all our work at the Oxford Martin School.

Founded through vision and generosity

The Oxford Martin School was founded in 2005. It was made possible through the vision and generosity of Dr James Martin (1933-2013), who established the school with the largest benefaction made to Oxford in its history.

For more information, our brochure is now online.