Past BII Research

Previous Balliol Research includes:

A Systems Approach to Management Studies

This project will use ideas from Systems Biology to develop a Systems Communications Model of management and will study Systems Businesses that use this model, with case studies of global companies located in South Korea.  The project will also survey members of the Davos Forum and the Asia Economy Community Forum, and the output will include a book on guidelines for management practice.


A Reforming Bank Governance: Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach

This work will be a pilot study for a much larger programme of work on reforming bank governance. These reforms will require an understanding of three things: the purpose of banking, the culture within banks, and the regulatory environment in which banks are located. Bringing these things together is an interdisciplinary challenge: insights from economics, philosophy, law, management, and behavioural psychology will be required. But detailed knowledge of banking and finance is also necessary. This pilot project will begin our investigation of how detailed knowledge of practical governance issues in banking can take forward our already-existing academic work in this area.

Divine Narratives in early Greece and the ancient Near East

This international conference brings together scholars from the UK, Europe and the US in order to foster informed interdisciplinarity in the approach to one of the most important and vibrant issues in ancient world scholarship: the interaction between the civilisations of the Near East and Archaic and Classical Greece.


Architectural Representation in Early Medieval England c.650-1350

This project will bring together researchers from literature, history, archaeology, art history, and theology to discuss the various ways in which construction and design were conceived of, lived with and imbued with significance in England in the period c. 650– 1350.


Books, Minds, and Bodies

The Books, Minds, and Bodies project will investigate links between fiction-reading and mental health. Researchers from the cognitive, medical, and neurosciences, and from anthropology, literary studies, and psychiatry will join with members of the public to share the experience of reading aloud and discussing a novel in order to explore the therapeutic benefits of reading fiction.


Business Ecosystems

This project is focusing on the evolution of competition and cooperation and the emergence of inter-species competition in human social systems. It further aims to shed new light on evolution-development-ecology interactions and in particular on the evolution vs. ‘intelligent design’ debate, where we are seeking ‘natural’ (as opposed to ‘supernatural’) explanations, focusing primarily on cultural and ecological (as opposed to genetic) inheritance mechanisms.


Connected Life 2016: The Internet for Change

Continuing on the success of Connected Life 2014 and 2015, Connected Life 2016 is a two-day student-run conference that will be held over the 15th and 16th June 2016. The theme is internet-enabled collective action, social change, emancipation and crowd-sourcing. Connected Life’s primary goals are to foster connections between researchers both in and outside of Oxford, and to enable researchers to disseminate findings in an engaging and cross-disciplinary space. 


Constitutions Under Stress

This interdisciplinary project, which includes academics from the UK, France, and the United States, will identify and explore the issues that underlie constitutional instability.  It will answer questions concerning public and cultural attitudes about the constitution; the operation of the constitution vis-à-vis legislative and executive power; the power of the judiciary; and popular and parliamentary sovereignty, among others.


Data Experience Lab

This project aims to advance research in digital data visualisation by using the latest virtual and augmented-reality technologies to represent large and complex data sets as environments to be experienced, educating and engaging the Oxford community on these topics in the process.


Detecting Supernovae

This project aims to verify the evidence for the earliest recorded supernovae by studying radiation flux in tree rings to establish a year-by-year record of the radiocarbon content of the atmosphere.


Digitizing and Disseminating Early Scottish Books (to 1700): Meeting II

Focusing on seminal early Scottish works of literature, history, theology, philosophy, and classics, this project will organize a symposium to create a digitisation programme in collaboration with the libraries which house these texts to make them accessible to international scholars online. 


Gender and Authority

This project aims to explore and question received notions of social and cultural authority, specifically as they intersect with issues of gender. The project also seeks to examine spaces in which gender, as it intersects with other vectors of power, has led to the marginalisation of intellectual and artistic creation or labour. This project will bring together participants from disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences, with a number of outputs including a January 2016 conference, bi-termly seminars, and a public lecture on gender and authority.


New Design of Optical Collator

The investigators aim to develop a hybrid optical/digital portable collator using real-time image analysis techniques for use with early modern printed texts.


Planetary Response Network: Humanitarian and Crisis Response From the Crowd

The investigators aim to facilitate a series of interdisciplinary meetings of policy and decision-makers, astrophysicists, computer scientists, and developers to provide a critical connection with the Planetary Response Network, a Zooniverse project designed to harness the power of the crowd for analysis of satellite data during and after humanitarian crises.


Reporting Guidelines for Case Series

This project aims to produce a reporting guideline for case series that is methodologically robust, easy to use and accepted internationally across a broad range of specialties and disciplines.

Big Data Machine Learning

This project explored a novel intersection between the information sciences and infection control, including computer networking, data modelling, and data analysis via machine learning. The results of the project are expected to improve the manner in which we fight infectious disease.


Conceptual Foundations of Systems Biology

Using an interdisciplinary dialogue, this project investigated the fundamental concepts underlying modern biology – including biological presuppositions, its formal models, and its mathematics.


Connected Life

The key objective of this project was to develop an annual Oxford conference dedicated to sparking exchange between disciplines and showcasing emerging internet research. The inaugural conference held in June 2014 brought together participants and attendees from across the social sciences to foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of better understanding of the internet and its many effects.


Dynamic Networks

This project examined the effect of reputation on cooperation among a network of agents by looking at reputation-based human cooperative behaviour in dynamic networks.


Duty of Care in Finance

This project brought together a group of philosophers, lawyers, historians and economists in Oxford to consider behavioural aspects of the problems which persist in the financial services industry (FSI), which were thrown into sharp relief by the recent global financial crisis.


Ethics of Complicity in Cinema

This project investigated how the directors of cinema and their films engage with ethical issues, and the paradigms through which observers understand film, spectatorship, and the broader rules of engagement with the arts.


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Time Series

This project examined the interdisciplinary connections between different disciplinary approaches to analysing time series, from such systems as financial stock markets to medical recordings, audio, climatology, and astrophysics.


Mobile-Health System for Child Healthcare

This project was carried out with local promoters in Guatemala to create and disseminate a culturally appropriate, accessible curriculum for homemade ORT and ZS for the indigenous Maya population.


Positive Ethics

This project applied an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the positive side of ethics, and examined the ways in which one can act as an individual in order to benefit others as much as possible.


Privacy in Genomic Medicine

This project aims to stimulate discussion about the privacy of genomic information, as well as the personal and public implications of the inappropriate dissemination of such information.


Religious Rights and Multiple Identities Under Law

This project explored how the changing patterns of interaction between legal and theological concepts and between religious and non-religious legal concepts transform the ways religious communities engage with civil and international law as well as with their own religious law systems.


Social Media and Health Research

This project brought together researchers from across the disciplines to explore how social media can be used to improve health literacy and promote public understanding of health research.


Tense and Time

This project carried out an empirical investigation of so-called future tenses across various the languages, hypothesising that there are no future tenses in any language, and that the whole idea of future tenses is a mistake at a most fundamental level. 


Transnational and Global History

This project developed a seminar series for the Oxford social sciences and humanities communities to come together and discuss what it means to adapt transnational frames to research.