About CCIR


Mission Statement 

Bridging academia and the world.

Cambridge Centre for International Research (CCIR) was founded by a group of Cambridge graduates upon a definite understanding and vision of the transformative role of knowledge for society. Our vision is grounded in the three beliefs:

The value of knowledge in today’s world

The world in which we live is one confronted with problems unprecedented in scale and complexity. As such, the increased distribution and cultivation of epistemic resources—which includes not just knowledge, but creative and critical thinking skills—will be critical to dealing with these problems. 

The value of academia

The epistemic resources being produced by the brightest minds in our finest academies possess transformative potential, not only for individuals but for the world. 

The trap of the ivory tower

However, all too often, the social impact of these epistemic resources have been unduly limited as a result of their inaccessibility. 

With this in mind, we came to the conviction that by building bridges between the leading researchers and scholars of our finest academies and the wider public, we can radically increase social access to potentially transformative epistemic resources. And in so doing, we can cultivate a generation of critically informed and creatively intelligent citizens who will, together, help build a brighter future.  

In short, our mission is to promote the value and practice of academic research for the sake of building a better world.  







Neutrocheck developed an innovative device that helps to rapidly identify chemotherapy patients who are at risk of the life-threatening complication “neutropenic sepsis”, which takes tens of thousands of lives each year and costs healthcare systems tens of billions of dollars. 

Cambridge, UK




Chai is a Cambridge-based data science platform for building & deploying groundbreaking conversational AI. Users can chat with AI through the cross-platform app, inviting their friends & family to join in the conversation.

Cambridge/London, UK




Contengo, a fintech based in Oxford, provides a new generation of cloud computing solutions for professional services firms, particularly in Wealth Management, Legal and Accounting.

Oxford, UK



Genchi is a platform that allows students across universities with similar interests to meet and share ideas whilst working on projects in collaboration. Genchi is supported by Y Combinator Startup School, Royal Academy of Engineering, and the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge, UK

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Amazing Prospects


As a Cambridge technology recruitment agency dedicated to the tech industry, Amazing Prospects has unique access to hundreds of top tech companies and VCs in the UK. 

Cambridge, UK



Cypher is a digital accountancy that developed a cutting-edge cloud-based solution for high-growth businesses in and around Oxford.

Oxford, UK



Academic Advisors

At the CCIR Academy, when a student applies for the 1-on-1 Research Mentorship, we will schedule an interview with one of our Academic Advisors (usually a current PhD at either Cambridge or Oxford in the same field) to better assess the student's academic background and interest.

Below are some of our Academic Advisors:

I'm a PhD student in Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. My main interest lies in developing materials for biomedical research, particularly regenerative medicine. I studied Engineering at Monash University and Central South University as an undergrad. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, movies, and long walks.


Academic Advisor

University of Cambridge

I am doing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge. My thesis is on understanding the rheology (flow behavior) of biological fluids by building frugal lab tools. When I am not doing my research, I like thinking about philosophy and poetry.


Academic Advisor

University of Cambridge

I am a DPhil candidate at Christ Church, Oxford, working on problems in the philosophy of logic. In particular, I am thinking about the semantics and logic of vague language.


Academic Advisor

University of Oxford

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Economics, focusing on empirical and theoretical development economics, particularly social revolutions. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies and writing.


Academic Advisor

University of Cambridge

CCIR Fellows

The CCIR Fellowship gives early career researchers the opportunity to share their ideas and make a real impact on the public.

Ronja Griep is a Gates Scholar and a current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge working in feminist political philosophy.  For her CCIR fellowship, she will be leading an interview series on 21st Century Body Politics, where she will discuss the politics of bodily beauty and wellness with leading academics in philosophy, the social sciences, and beyond. 


CCIR Fellow

University of Cambridge

Hande is a Teaching Associate in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She has earned her PhD from the same Department, where she researched re-virginisation practices in Turkey. For her CCIR Fellowship, she will focus on the well-being of students in higher education across topics such as mental health, racism, and gender.


CCIR Fellow

University of Cambridge

Operations Team

At CCIR, I coordinate with our Cambridge team to think like a business and propel our education venture forward. 
Before co-founding CCIR, I have years of experience working at several international law firms, where I focused my practice on helping high-profile corporate clients navigating regulatory risks in Mergers & Acquisitions deals.


Managing Director

I hold an MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge. Before joining CCIR, I worked for Penguin Random House and later at Apple's Siri team.
Aside from work, I enjoy hanging out with my cat and reading Italian novels.


Academic Coordinator

I'm the marketing and communications director of CCIR, and I'm especially passionate about the work I get to do at CCIR Think Tank. Besides CCIR, I also happen to be a current PhD candidate in philosophy at Georgetown University. Previously, I obtained my MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge and my BA from Tufts.


Director of Outreach

I graduated from the University of Victoria (Sociology, Social Sciences). I'm currently enjoying myself in things that are interesting in and of themselves like programing and fiddling with things that I in fact don't know much about while I unilaterally thought I knew them perfectly.


Director of Technology


Join US 

Our team is what makes CCIR successful.


Working at the cutting edge of research and education, the CCIR team is a diverse and dynamic group of people who come from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds united by a commitment to promote the value and practice of academic research.


CCIR is always looking to collaborate with individuals, academics, and researchers who work on issues in the areas of our interests and who share our vision.


If you are interested in working with us, either as a part of the CCIR Academy or the CCIR Think Tank, please send an email to us at We would love to hear about your research and explore with you opportunities for collaboration.