Helen Margetts

Helen Margetts

Director Oxford Internet Institute - ESRC Professorial Fellow of Society and the Internet
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Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet at the OII. She is a political scientist specialising in e-government and digital era governance and politics, investigating the nature and implications of relationships between governments, citizens and the Internet and related digital technologies in the UK and internationally. She has published major research reports in this area for agencies such as the OECD and the UK National Audit Office, in addition to important books and articles. In 2003 she and Patrick Dunleavy won the Political Scientists Making a Difference award from the UK Political Studies Association. She is co-director of OxLab, a laboratory for social science experiments and editor of the journal Policy and Internet.

Professor Margetts joined the OII in 2004 from University College London where she was a Professor in Political Science and Director of the School of Public Policy. She began her career as a computer programmer / systems analyst with Rank Xerox after receiving her BSc in mathematics from the University of Bristol. She returned to studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1989, completing an MSc in Politics and Public Policy in 1990 and a PhD in Government in 1996. She worked as a researcher at LSE from 1991 to 1994 and a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London from 1994 to 1999.

e-government, government information technology and large-scale IT contracts, public management reform, tools of public policy, online collective action and political participation, alternative electoral systems, social science experiments, webmetrics

Courses taught at the OII

  • Digital Era Government and Politics

    Providing an in-depth understanding of the changing nature of digital-era governance and politics and the theoretical, practical and ethical questions surrounding the role of the Internet and related technologies in political life.

  • Social Research Methods and the Internet (Parts I and II)

    Examining issues concerning application of traditional social research methods to the study of emerging ICTs, as well as the use of new methods, enabled by the Internet and ICTs, in the study of an array of social research problems.

DPhil students supervised at the OII

Current students

Completed students

  • Max Loubser

    Organisational Mechanisms in Peer Productions: The Case of Wikipedia




Conference papers



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