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OxPo is a programme of collaborations in the social sciences and humanities between the University of Oxford, Sciences Po and the Maison Française d’Oxford (MFO). OxPo supports research collaboration and projects, funds joint events (seminars, conferences, workshops and lectures) and selects participants to five exchange schemes, open to scholars from Sciences Po and from the 4 Oxford departments.
OxPo was created by Sophie Duchesne and David Goldey in 2003 as a European Research Group on “European Democracies” and initially involved DPIR and Sociology at Oxford, the CNRS and Sciences Po. In 2008, the CNRS stopped its association with the ERG and the programme evolved into OxPo, with the MFO joining the partnership. The programme was renewed in 2011 and in 2014 and extended to the Departments of History and of Social Policy and Intervention, respectively in 2014 and in 2015.
OxPo is led by two academics (the Director of the programme, from Sciences Po -Florence Faucher- and the Chair of the Committees -Stephen Whitefield, from Oxford) and administered by two committees. The Steering Committee (SC) represents the sponsoring institutions and meets every four years. It assesses the programme and sets directions for the future. The Scientific Management Committee (SMC) meets annually to decide on scholarly programmes and select academics and doctoral students invited to spend time in the other institutions. Both committees are presided over by the Chair of the Committees. Throughout the year by the Director and the Chair of the Committees work closely to develop the priorities outlined by the SMC.
In 2018, OxPo is a vibrant programme despite a modest budget and limited administrative support. It is an important component of the research environment of both the University of Oxford and Sciences Po. It has maintained since its creation an intensive programme of events, led to the densification of academic collaborations and scientific cooperation and provided precious opportunities to younger scholars as well as established ones. The output in terms of projects, events and publications is impressive (see Annexes). It has had a substantial impact on joint projects as well as on individual research output: visiting fellowships and professorships contribute to create the social and intellectual connections that lead to the development of new projects; all but one OxPo postdoctoral fellows have found permanent positions; monographs and articles have been written and published.