Departmental Research Ethics Committees (DRECs)


Departmental research ethics committees (DRECs) have delegated authority from the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) IDREC to approve research with 'straightforward' ethical issues (ie CUREC 1A applications). DRECs report to the SSH IDREC on a termly basis.

The following guide may be helpful to both DRECs and researchers:

Less straightforward cases where full CUREC 2 applications are required must be submitted to the DREC in the first instance for initial review, and processed by the DREC within three weeks of receipt. Once the DREC is satisfied, the CUREC 2 application will then be sent to the SSH IDREC for final review and approval. Where researchers apply for ethical review after the commencement of their research, they may only apply to the SSH IDREC, not their DREC.

Please see the SSH IDREC and DREC application process page for further information.

Contact details


The following departments have DRECs. Please apply to the DREC following the same principles as for applications to the SSH IDREC.

Department DREC name DREC chair Taking staff/student applications? Contact for submitting applications or queries
Anthropology & Museum Ethnography SAME DREC
Prof David Pratten Staff and students Kate Atherton (
Blavatnik School of Government BSG DREC Prof Peter Kemp Staff and students Jill Macgregor (
Computer Science CS DREC Prof Marina Jirotka Staff and students Jennifer Lockie (
Continuing Education Cont Ed DREC Prof Matthew Weait Staff and students Amy Crickmay-Heraty (
Economics Economics DREC Dr Simon Quinn Staff and students Fiona Bassett-Jones (
Education Education DREC Dr Liam Gearon Staff and students

Staff applications: Irina Lepadatu (
Student applications:

Geography & the Environment SOGE DREC Prof Jim Hall Staff and students Gillian Willis (
Global & Area Studies OSGA DREC Prof Rachel Murphy Staff and students Francesca Tucci (
International Development ODID DREC Prof Loren Landau Staff and students Staff applications: Emma Rundall (
Student applications: Dominique Attala (
Oxford Institute of Population Ageing OIA DREC Nana Nanitashvili Staff and students
Oxford Internet Institute OII DREC Prof Vili Lehdonvirta Staff and students Lucy Hennings (
Politics & International Relations (staff) PIR DREC (staff) Prof David Doyle Staff only Dawn Tohill (
Politics & International Relations (students) PIR DREC (students) Prof Ben Ansell (Politics)
Dr Karolina Milewicz (International Relations)
Students only Andrew Melling (
Saïd Business School SBS DREC Prof Pedro Bordalo Staff and students Chris Brooke-Hollidge (
Social Policy & Intervention SPI DREC Dr Jamie Lachman Staff and students Alexandra Jenkins and Olivia Thornton (
Sociology Sociology DREC Dr Heather Hamill Staff and students Agnieszka Swiejkowska (


Resources for DRECs


All DREC administrators and chairs have access to the DREC Network SharePoint site. The DREC Network meets termly. The SSH IDREC Secretary updates all DRECs on latest changes to CUREC forms, best practice guidance, approved procedures, and invites guest speakers on ethics-related topics, such as information security and research data management.

The SharePoint site also offers a ‘DREC library’ of useful resources, such as this reviewing guide:

Complaints process

In the event that a complaint is made either about research approved by this committee or about the committee itself, the complaints process will be followed:

Setting up a DREC


The SSH IDREC encourages departments and faculties to consider setting up their own DREC. Please see the DREC template constitution, which all DRECs need to adapt for their own departments.

For further advice on how to do this, and how DRECs report to the SSH IDREC, please contact the SSH IDREC Secretary at