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The Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford is a world-leading centre of pioneering research, debate and policy for a sustainable and inclusive future. 

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.

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What makes us unique?

No other university, anywhere in the world, hosts a research organisation like the Oxford Martin School. Our community of more than 200 researchers, from Oxford and beyond, are working to address the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Each research programme brings together academics from more than one field to create the collaboration needed for studying and tackling complex global issues. With more than 20 programmes, subjects are as diverse as the future of the global food system, geo-engineering, human rights of future generations and 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.

Development and Partnerships

The Oxford Martin School not only brings together international experts from different disciplines, but also a wide range of supporters who share the School’s vision for creative research on the big issues of the coming decades.  

All of our research tackles issues of global significance with teams of the highest academic calibre, and the programmes that we support must have an impact beyond academia. The School is designed to foster collaboration between cutting-edge researchers and external partners, and we seek out research that would be difficult to fund through conventional channels. 

Our work has relevance to businesses and decision-makers across a variety of sectors.  We are always interested in possible support for existing programmes, as well as exploring new projects and collaborations drawing in experts from across Oxford and beyond.  

The Oxford Martin School welcomes discussion about potential partnerships.  Please contact Julian Laird, Head of Policy and Development, on +44(0)1865 287356, or at 

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