Partnerships & Policy

At a glance

Our world faces major challenges today, and understanding how groups are glued together is crucial to addressing some of the biggest practical problems facing humanity. CSSC generates science-driven policy recommendations and practical interventions to address a range of issues, from violent extremism to how to harness religious belief to promote greener living practices. 

CSSC is financially self-sustaining via a combination of research grants from conventional funding sources, charities, and philanthropic donations. We are passionate about the application and impact of the knowledge we generate, and seek to apply it practically to concrete challenges.

Current Partnerships


The CSSC is one of the home institutions of the Seshat: Global History Databank. Seshat brings together the most current and comprehensive body of knowledge about history in one place. This massive collection of historical information allows scholars to rigorously test different hypotheses about the rise and fall of large-scale societies across the globe and human history.



The CSSC has partnered with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) to develop the Historical Peace Index (HPI). The HPI provides a historical dimension to the IEPs Global Peace Index and makes use of the data, methods, and platform of the Seshat project. The HPI will allow users to understand how varying degrees of historical peacefulness impacts the distribution of peacefulness today.



The CSSC is currently serving as an academic partner to the Twinning Project, a nationwide charity that connects major UK football clubs with their local prisons to deliver tailor made educational programmes ultimately aimed at reducing reoffending rates. As part of this 5+ year project, we are working closely with the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service to co-ordinate sensitive and personal data at secure sites across the country.


How can I work in partnership with CSSC?

If you are interested in working with us, or contributing to research funding, please contact us directly

Engagement & Policy

quelling radicalization

Quelling Radicalization Through New Understanding of Ritual, Fusion and Identity

What drives people to take up arms for groups such as ISIS and how can this be prevented?
Ideaslab presentation at the World Economic Forum in partnership with the European Research Council.

18 January 2017

why facts dont unify us

Why Facts Don't Unify Us

If facts don’t unify us, what does?
Betazone presentation at the World Economic Forum in partnership with Nature Publishing Group.

17 January 2017

what can the reaction

What Can the Reaction to the Death of Cecil the Lion Tell Us About Human Co-operation?

The Oxford Martin Programme on natural governance is a new research initiative. Here, programme Directors Dominic Johnson, David Macdonald and Harvey Whitehouse look at what the reaction to Cecil's death can tell us about human co-operation.

June 2016