Helen Margetts

Helen Margetts

Professor of Society and the Internet

Oxford Internet Institute

Director of the Public Policy Programme

The Alan Turing Institute



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Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. From 2011 to 2018, she was Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, a multi-disciplinary department of the University of Oxford, before which she was Professor of Political Science and Director of the School of Public Policy at UCL. She has researched and written extensively about the relationship between technology, politics, pubic policy and government including over 100 articles and and six books, including a series of policy reports for the National Audit Office on Government on the Web (1999, 2002, 2007, 2009) and the books Digital Era Governance (Dunleavy and Margetts, 2006) and Tools of Government in a Digital Age (Hood and Margetts, 2007). Her latest book, co-authored with a multi-disciplinary team, is Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action, which won the Political Studies Association’s W.J. Mackenzie prize of the Political Studies Association for best politics book in 2017. In 2018 the Technical University Munich awarded her the Friedrich Schiedel prize for research and research leadership in Politics and Technology. In 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to social and political science.


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