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Ross James Gildea

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ross James Gildea is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security (IPS), which is part of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC), Blavatnik School of Government. His current research covers themes such as values and foreign policy, political violence, atrocity prevention and accountability, transnational non-governmental organisations, and political psychology. He holds a DPhil in International Relations (2021) from the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

Ross’ doctoral research combined experimental and qualitative methods to examine issue selection in international NGOs (INGOs). Drawing on IR theory and social and cognitive psychology, his research examined the micro-foundations of INGO behaviour and advanced an interdisciplinary theory of selection by INGOs, emphasising the role of heuristic-based judgment by decision-makers in policy outcomes.

During his DPhil, Ross was selected as an ESRC Scholar, was awarded the Dr. R. T. Whitaker NUI Travelling Studentship in Economics, Politics and Social Policy, and received a studentship from the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford. He was also the recipient of the Winchester Award (for research on human rights and fundamental freedoms) and Pavry Award (for research on international peace and understanding).

He has published scholarly work on the issue of aggregation in political psychology and on public opinion on war. His journal articles have appeared in the European Journal of International Relations and Conflict Management and Peace Science. He has taught a variety of undergraduate courses at Mansfield College, the University of Oxford, and Leiden University, including on International Relations, Political Psychology, Politics and the Media, and UK Government. Ross’ writing has also appeared in venues such as Foreign Policy, Prospect, and the Oxford Review of Books.

Prior to attending Oxford, Ross completed an MSc (Research Master) in Political Science and Public Administration at Leiden University, an MA in Politics at University College Dublin, and a BA in Sociological and Political Studies and English Literature at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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