Allan Dafoe

Director, Centre for the Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford | | Research

Specializations: Overview of AI governance challenges; AI international politics and security; AI race dynamics, risks and solutions; global cooperation.

Allan Dafoe is Associate Professor in the International Politics of AI and Director of the Centre for the Governance of AI at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford. His research examines the causes of great power war and the global politics surrounding transformative technologies, in particular concerning the risks from artificial intelligence. To help scientists better study these and other topics he also works on methods for causal inference and for promoting transparency.


  • Asilomar Beneficial AI Workshop and Conference; 3-9 January, 2017
  • International Studies Association; 21-25 February, 2017
  • Program on International Security Policy; University of Chicago; 18 April, 2017
  • Workshop on Policy Levers for Great Power Peace; Yale University; 5-6 May, 2017
  • Journal of Peace Research Board Meeting; 19-20 June, 2017
  • Harvard University, Effective Altruism Global, Boston; Harvard University; 4 June, 2017
  • AI Salon; Stanford University; 13 October, 2017
  • Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service; AI Security Gathering; 17 October, 2017
  • Partnership on AI New Partners Workshop; Berlin, Germany; 23-24 October, 2017
  • International Relations Colloquium; University of Oxford; 26 October, 2017
  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence Evidence Meeting; London; 30 October, 2017
  • Effective Altruism Global, London; Imperial College London; 5 November, 2017
  • Global Challenges Foundation Assessment Panel for New Shape Prize; Stockholm, Sweden; 27-28 November, 2017