Research Groups & Major Projects

We host five research groups and one major research project funded by external bodies; all are international leaders in their specialist fields.

The International Migration Institute (IMI), which was founded at ODID in 2006, ceased operating as an independent research group at the end of August 2017. You can access the institute's research outputs via

The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. 

The Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) aims to address some of the most important issues related to technology and management facing public and private policy-makers. The Centre also serves as a global nerve centre for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research into the applications of technology and management in and for the developing world.


The purpose of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) is to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It was founded in 1982.

Young Lives is an innovative long-term international research project investigating the changing nature of childhood poverty.

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) is an economic research centre that aims to build a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing poverty, grounded in people's experiences and values.

Choosing Islamic Conservatism: Muslim Youth in Europe and the UK and the Question of Social Cohesion (CIC) aims to understand the appeal of prominent Islamic movements to young Muslims in the UK, France, Germany, Austria and Bosnia.