Global Security Programme

The Global Security Programme (GSP) conducts research on global security in the contemporary world. It focuses on questions related to security dynamics in the context of armed conflict and the global illicit economy, transitions from war to peace, and responses to insecurity. Our award-winning research analyses the connections between localised conflicts and insecurities and global shifts in power and order.


While grounded in Political Science and International Relations, our work also draws on insights from other social science disciplines and is in dialogue with the humanities, the arts and STEM. Our research combines various methods ranging from ethnographic approaches and visualization techniques to quantitative methods such as GIS analysis. We place emphasis on both developing rigorous theorizations of security as well as carrying out applied research. To enhance the positive impact of our work, we have long-standing partnerships with various UN bodies as well as universities in conflict zones, and advise governments and international organisations.

    Founded and directed by Dr Annette Idler, GSP receives generous funding from UK Research Councils through the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership, Global Affairs Canada, and the Gerda Henkel Foundation.


    Our ongoing projects include: