The Centre for International Studies (CIS) was established in 1992 to serve as a focal point for research in International Relations conducted at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR). The Centre oversees and supports the IR research cluster at DPIR including major internally and externally funded research programmes, a range of smaller research projects and the individual research of faculty and post-doctoral fellows. It also provides small grants for events, convenes conferences, colloquia and seminars and hosts visiting scholars.
Research programmes brought under the CIS research cluster in the last three years include: the Cyber Studies Programme, PRIMO, PEFM, SEESOX, Democracy and Justice beyond the State, and The World Leaders Oxford Exit Interviews. In addition to this CIS is associated with programmes including the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) and the Changing Character of War (CCW) Programme, as well as supporting four student-led groups, including the DPIR Film Society and the STAIR Review.