About the research project

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The India-Oxford Initiative (IndOx) is a mechanism to build and sustain partnerships between individuals and institutions in India and students, academics, and administrative staff at the University. It acts as a hub to coordinate, support, and fund India-related activities across the University, and as a contact point for potential external stakeholders, donors, and partners. Since 2019, IndOx has supported six workshops/projects and twenty graduate students through various schemes. IndOx organised two webinars in late 2020 and three more planned for the first half of 2021. Recordings of the webinars are available here.


Research aims

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IndOx seeks to develop equitable partnerships with Indian organisations and institutions, leading to collaborative academic research of mutual benefit. The Initiative particularly looks to support students and early-career researchers to develop successful collaborations across all academic disciplines. Within Oxford, IndOx aims to attract participants from across the University. The Strategy Board includes representatives from all five of Oxford's divisions. In addition, IndOx's working groups provide another forum for participation by academics with links to India. 

Examples of funded research includes a collaborative (including Ashmolean Museum) project, “Heritage and enquiry-based learning in urban Primary schools in India”, led by the Department of Continuing Education. Other projects are in the areas of empowering women and girls; reducing inequalities; a cancer control continuum; green ammonia production; and interpreting urban spatiality for people, waste and animals.
These projects represent collaborations across disciplines at Oxford, and researchers in India.

Image of The Indian Institute, Oxford  © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

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Project funders

Oxford Martin School,

University of Oxford

Project start

October 2018

Project team

The Initiative is run by the Strategy Board, a University-wide body, with representatives from all five Oxford University divisions and a representative from an Oxford college or centre with an India focus. 

Mallica Kumbera Landrus, Keeper of Eastern Art and Senior Curator of Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum, is the current Chair of IndOx. 

Marwa Ahmed is the Programme Manager.