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The Oxford Martin School works with policy makers, practitioners and business leaders to explore and address the most pressing challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

The School fosters networks for exchange and advice, organises events and produces reports on major global trends. At the global level, Oxford Martin School experts work with international agencies, advise multinational businesses and are involved in policy formulation in many countries. They have helped develop alternatives to tackling climate change beyond the Kyoto Protocol; provided advice to the World Health Organization on understanding and combating dangerous global pandemics; and contributed to new rules to improve global financial stability. In the UK, Oxford Martin School academics regularly provide expert testimony to parliamentary hearings and advise the Prime Minister and cabinet members on strategic science and technology policy issues.

The Oxford Martin School’s timely and accessible policy papers translate and promote researchers’ recommendations to inform policy. Concerned by increasing short-termism in politics and business, the School convened 19 global leaders, chaired by Pascal Lamy, to form the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations. Reporting in 2013, the Oxford Martin Commission proposed 15 practical recommendations aimed at creating a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable world for future generations.

Julian Laird, Head of Policy and Development, leads the Oxford Martin School’s policy work. The Oxford Martin Policy and Research Steering Group, comprising a cross-section of senior Oxford Martin School academics, advises on the School’s broader policy strategy. Professor Sir John Beddington FRS, Senior Adviser, chairs this group.