Dr Dominic Burbidge is the Research Coordinator of the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government in the Faculty of Law. He read his DPhil in Oriel College, University of Oxford, and his masters in St Antony's College, before working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Princeton University and then a Departmental Lecturer in Oxford's School of Global and Area Studies. He was also previously a Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford's Faculty of Law. Dr Burbidge is the founder of the Canterbury Institute, which hosts the Barry Scholarship for leading Oxford graduate students.


Dr Burbidge's research focuses on social trust. He specialises on the place of trust within the social contract, and on how trust can be fostered through decentralised government and the principle of subsidiarity. Recent work looks at the role of listening in fostering trust and, relatedly, challenges to listening well in a digital age. He is developing a theory of the legislature as a specialised listening institution. 

For empirical work in politics and socio-legal studies, he has conducted extensive fieldwork in Kenya, producing two single-authored books, the first on corruption and the second on devolution, examining the extent to which decentralised governance encourages feelings of unity.

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Research Interests

trust; social capital; devolution; local government; virtue theory