The IICR aims to strengthen research in the field of cultural relations by:

  • Connecting research to practice
  • Developing interdisciplinary collaborations to focus on real world challenges
  • Bringing methodological rigor to international cultural relations
  • Exploring the potential for data science and big data analysis to contribute to our understanding, particularly in the digitally networked public sphere
  • Developing innovative research agendas, both theoretical and practical
  • Building strategic research collaborations

Our area of research is the whole field of transnational engagement. This ranges from the actions of states and diplomats, through to all sorts of non-state actors, informal groups and individuals. A particular focus is how influence works at international level in a world where digital technologies are making communications across borders ever faster, cheaper and more complex.

Core research

The IICR’s research focus is on the role of culture, science and education in:

  • The global political economy
  • Arts and Sports
  • The conduct of international relations
  • International Business
  • Digital communications and media

The IICR also aims to act as a hub for knowledge exchange, bringing together academic staff, users of research, wider groups and communities to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise.


The IICR offers bespoke consultancy services to organisations and institutions engaged in international relations. IICR consultancy aims to help improve the ways academic research, expertise and knowledge engage with public decision-making and policy processes across all levels, sectors and cultures of our now globally interdependent societies.

For all enquiries about consultancy, please contact: