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About Oxford XXI

Oxford XXI is committed to making sense of global social, cultural, economic and political change in the 21st Century and is engaged in extensive research projects in these areas.

Most recently, projects executed by Oxford XXI have included work on trans-boundary social and ethnic groups in Europe and the role of music in cultural identity.

The founders of Oxford XXI have backgrounds in academic research, technical assistance and sector restructuring consultancy projects, working in Europe, South America, The Middle East, Africa, and Central and East Asia.

For further information, or to discuss collaboration opportunities, you can contact us here

Academic Research

Oxford XXI Directors


Position: Director, co-founder
Expertise: Tax, regulation, and legislative frameworks; financial and economic consultancy; policy analysis; development support to cultural trusts and charities

Christopher Nurse

Christopher Nurse is a highly experienced project director and team leader, with over 35 years professional experience. Christopher has directed several World Bank and DFID projects, is a world-leading expert on transparency in the extractive sector, and has worked in 33 different countries.

Since 1989 Christopher has run his own independent consultancy practice. He has co-ordinated legal and financial aspects of due diligence work for investment, worked on a large number of major restructuring, mining law reform projects, legal and privatisation studies,  and technical assistance programs involving changing law and regulation to strengthen effectiveness.

An Oxford XXI co-founder, Christopher studied law at Oxford University before training in London with Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and won the Quilter national prize for Audit.

Christopher is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) https://www.iod.com/, of the Energy Institute, of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Christopher is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce https://www.thersa.org/   and a Trustee of the charities:  Vocal Futures http://www.vocalfutures.org/page/vocal-futures and Crendon Chamber Orchestra https://crendonchamberorchestra.wordpress.com/

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Position: Director, co-founder
Expertise: Transitional countries; Central East European studies, social and cultural analysis; stakeholders’ analysis;  new nationalisms and cultural policy, identities and cultural diversity, ethnic minorities; generations and youth, mixed methods, qualitative and biographical studies; social monitoring; comparative studies.

Lyudmila Nurse

Lyudmila Nurse has over 25 years of international experience of research into social institutions, education, culture and identities, cultural policies and comparative quantitative, qualitative and biographical studies.

She holds a PhD diploma in Sociology from the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia. She has also studied Modern Sociology on a post-doctoral Sociological course at the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, UK in 1989. Lyudmila Nurse has been a visiting research fellow at various Universities: Edinburgh, Warwick, City (London) and the Institute of Education (UCL).

She is currently an external associate at the New Europe Centre of the University of Aberdeen and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University.

Lyudmila has over 15 years of experience in international consultancy work as a Director of the Hart Group, consulting for the Council of Europe, the UK’s Department for International Development, the World Bank, national governments, and other public and private organisations, all in projects related to cultural and social policies, social development and monitoring in Central and Eastern Europe and the UK. www.hart-group.com

Lyudmila Nurse is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Research network 03 “Biographical perspectives on European societies” of the European Sociological Association (ESA).http://www.europeansociology.org/research-networks/

She has been a member of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP) since 2011

Her current research interests are:

  • Cultural diversity, transnational migration, ethnic minorities
  • Identities and belonging
  • Cultural policies and initiatives
  • Identities and music
  • Generations and youth studies
  • Creative use of mixed (quantitative and qualitative), biographical and visual research methods

Oxford XXI Academic Associates and Advisors

Oxford XXI is supported by a selection of Academic Associates and Advisors, you can learn more about them by clicking here.

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