The School's interdisciplinary research activity is managed organisationally as a number of centres or institutes that provide a supportive environment for existing projects and nurture emergent ideas for future development. Teaching and research activity takes place within and across units. This intellectual strengthening of teaching through research is a key plank in the School's policy, with innovative research leading to debates and discussion among graduate and research students in a stimulating and supportive environment.
The School is committed to a holistic view of anthropology. We seek to promote the School’s traditional strength in social anthropology whilst expanding into new, and often interdisciplinary, areas of anthropology in order to address developing intellectual and pressing practical problems.
The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA) and the Pitt Rivers Museum form the historic core of the School and provide an intellectual and methodological hub for the research and teaching activities taking place in the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA), including the research activities of the Centre for Anthropology and Mind (CAM), and the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS).