The RAI is governed through two committees: the Board of Management, which advises on our academic programme, financial management, and positioning within the University, and the Advisory Council, which advises on the Institute’s academic and development programmes. One internal RAI committee, the Academic Committee, reports to the Board of Management. The Academic Committee considers the Institute’s academic programme as well as applications for fellowships, grants and awards, and conferences and events.

Strategic Plan

The RAI Strategic Plan will be posted on this page soon.

Board of Management

The RAI Board of Management advises on the RAI’s academic programme, its financial management, and its positioning within the University.

The Board meets once a term. It comprises leading scholars at Oxford in a number of fields:

  • Professor Jane Shaw (Chair)
  • Professor Adam Smith
  • Dr Uta Balbier
  • Dr Daniel Rowe (deputising for Professor Pekka Hämäläinen)
  • Professor Desmond King
  • Professor Lloyd Pratt
  • Dr Nicholas Owen
  • Dr Nicholas Gaskill
  • Dr Nicholas Cole

​​​​​​Fixed items on the Committee’s agenda include the Director’s report on recent and forthcoming academic activity; reports on the RAI’s finances and budget; the programme of development activity; personnel; and health and safety.

Advisory Board

The RAI Advisory Board advises on the RAI’s academic and development programmes. The Institute benefits from the Board's engagement with its work, values, and strategy. The Board meets annually. Chaired by Vyvyan Harmsworth, LVO, the Council’s other members are:

  • In the UK: Christopher Fisher; Nigel Bowles; Anthony Clake; Sir John Hood, KNZM; Nicolas Ollivant; and Maria Willetts.
  • In the US: Camille Broadbent; Evan Burfield; The Hon. Christopher B. Burnham; The Hon. Mary Jo Jacobi; Justus O’Brien; and Joan Winant.
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Annual Reports


The RAI Annual Report records our activities in the preceding academic year. It features event reports, students’ experiences, fellows’ reflections, and features arising from RAI research. Please read our past volumes below.


View annual reports