The Civil Society Review

Governments around the world are failing us. 

As the planet copes with the climate crisis, global inequality, neocolonialism, war, we’re hearing a lot about what politicians are or aren’t doing, and less about the activism, protests, charity work, community-level projects. 

Through interview, translation, and review, we aim to platform brilliant work being ignored, and through research and comment, to highlight the urgent need to reform the means by which civil society can have an impact.

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About The CSR

The Civil Society Review is a new, progressive online media platform for research, news, and comment concerning global politics and development, with a focus on the role of civil society. Showcasing original academic research alongside a carefully curated selection of foreign media translated in English for the first time, as well as book reviews, opinion pieces and featured interviews, The Civil Society Review aims to unite different audiences who care about the improvement and protection of civil society around the world – for free! Welcome to the site, and please take a minute to read about our parent charity, Oxford Omnia International, via the link above. 

In Opinion is The CSR’s space for comment writing. Never scared to speak truth to power, our pieces on Aung San Suu Kyi earned us an interview with the BBC.

Our space for original research and longer-form pieces. All writing in our In Depth section is double-blind-peer-reviewed by our team of academics.


Our space for interviews, with people around the world whose voices we’d like to platform.


Our space for reviews of books, exhibitions and events related to development and human rights, especially when relevant to the role of civil society.


In Translation is a unique project of The Civil Society Review: our team of translators and editors handpick news stories from foreign language media that we want to platform to an international audience, and translate them into English with a link to the original article.

If you’d like to write or translate for the Civil Society Review, email [email protected], or visit Our People for the individual emails of the section editors.