Frequently Asked Questions
- Are you linked to any political or religious groups?
- How long have you been established?
- How are you funded?
- What makes ORG different to other organisations working in this field?
- Are you a charity, a think tank or a non-governmental organisation?
- Why are you called Oxford Research Group, even though you are based in London?
- What is ORG’s purpose?
ORG is entirely independent and is not directly linked to any political or religious organisations. We could, however, be described as "Quaker-inspired" due to our focus on non-military means for the resolution of conflict and our dialogue approach. Some of our members and funders are Quakers, although many are not. Some of our staff are also members of various political parties, but purely in a personal capacity. ORG is very careful to guard this independence.
Oxford Research Group was formed in 1982, and became a registered charity in 1988.
We are entirely funded by charitable grants, individual donations and, more recently, by peace programmes within international institutions such as the European Union and NATO. However, we only accept sources of funding that allow us to retain our independence and integrity. More information can be found here.
Many organisations undertake research, develop policy proposals and publish reports. However, we believe that we maintain a unique approach to the work that we do by focussing on the building of relationships through dialogue. We consider that attention to the quality of human relationships is key to any successful activity we undertake, regardless of what current projects we are working on. More information can be found on the What makes ORG different page.
Oxford Research Group is a registered charity (No. 299436), governed by a Board of Trustees. We are also described as a think tank or NGO (non-governmental organisation). In reality we are all three, but “peace and security NGO” is often a useful, if limited, short-hand. For legal reasons, we are also a company limited by guarantee (No. 02260840). We are not formally affiliated with the University of Oxford in any way.
ORG was founded by a small group of individuals who lived near Oxford and for nearly 25 years the organisation was based in and around the city, hence the name Oxford Research Group. In September 2006, we moved to a new office in central London in order to be more accessible to the majority of MPs, journalists, NGOs and others with whom we work.
ORG works to promote a more sustainable approach to security for the UK and for the world. We seek a shift in global priorities away from militarism, and towards security based on justice, human rights, prevention of conflict and fair distribution of the world’s resources.
All staff and consultants can be contacted by email using the firstname.lastname@example.org. For general contact details, please see the Contact us page.
Members of ORG regularly give talks on a range of subjects relating to our work, some of which are listed on our Events page. If you would like to ask about availability, please contact our office. Please note that, unfortunately, we receive many more requests to give talks than we are able to accept, and we would also ask for a small honorarium to cover our time and expenses.
Most of our publications are available to download for free from this website. Some are also available to purchase from our online shop using a credit or debit card. ORG supporters receive a 20% discount on publications ordered this way. If you are based in the UK and would prefer to pay by cheque, we are happy to send you a publication with an invoice. Please contact our office for more information. Most of our books and some of our more recent reports can also be ordered through your local bookshop.
The best way to keep up-to-date on ORG’s activities is to sign-up to receive ourInternational Security Monthly Briefings. These are emailed to subscribers each month, together with news of ORG’s projects and publications. We also offer twoRSS feeds and a Latest news page available from this website.
Most members of ORG are available for interviews relating to ORG publications and projects or to comment on current events and security issues. Please see the Press information page for more information.
The best way to support ORG and the vital work we are doing to promote non-military resolutions to conflict is to become an ORG supporter. This can be done by setting up a regular donation by standing order for as little as £5 per month. As an ORG supporter, you will receive discounts on publications, invitations to selected events and updates on our work. You could also become one of ORG’s highly valued Sustainers. More information on both these scheme is available on the Support us page of the Get involved section. Here you will also find information on how you can make one-off donations by cheque or credit card.