About Us

About INET Oxford

The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (INET Oxford) is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to applying leading-edge thinking from the social and physical sciences to global economic challenges.

INET Oxford has over 75 affiliated scholars from disciplines that include economics, mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, ecology, geography, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, political science, public policy, business, and law working on its various programmes. INET Oxford is a research centre within the University of Oxford’s Martin School, a community of over 300 scholars working on the major challenges of the 21st century and has partnerships with nine academic departments and colleges.

INET Oxford pursues research across nine thematic areas:

  • Financial system stability
  • Economic inequality
  • Economic growth and innovation
  • The economics of sustainability
  • Technology and the economy
  • Risk and resilience
  • Ethics and economics
  • The future of capitalism
  • The foundations of economic theory and methodology

INET Oxford was founded in 2012 as the result of a grant by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), a New York based philanthropic organisation that was created in the wake of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis to promote innovative, policy relevant economic research.

Our mission

To develop new economic knowledge that fundamentally advances a scientific understanding of the economy and contributes insights into addressing major economic and social challenges.

What makes INET Oxford unique:

  • Highly multi-disciplinary
  • Pioneers in developing/applying new economics toolkit
  • Not constrained by prior theory, challenge orthodoxy
  • Empirically grounded
  • Focus on relevance and impact

How we measure our success—impact on

  • Scholarship
  • Public policy
  • Public debate
  • Training the next generation

Our Theory of Change


Organisation & Governance


Funders and Partners

INET Oxford was created with founding grants from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), the Open Society Foundations (OSF), and the Oxford Martin School, as well as general support from the University of Oxford.

We are also grateful for the support and partnership of a number of research funding agencies, philanthropic foundations, charitable organizations, corporations, and individual donors, including:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • British Academy
  • Citi Group
  • European Commission
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • MAVA Foundation
  • MS Amlin Insurance
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Nuffield Foundation
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Partners for a New Economy
  • Resolution Foundation
  • Robertson Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • UK Energy Catapult Programme
  • UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)