People

Prof. Helen Margetts

helen_margetts-150x150Helen Margetts is the Director of the OII, and Professor of Society and the Internet. She is a political scientist specialising in digital era governance and politics, investigating political behaviour, digital government and government-citizen interactions in the age of the internet, social media and big data. She sits on the Digital Advisory Board of the UK Government Digital Service and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. She is editor-in-chief of the journal Policy and Internet.

Dr Andrew Przybylski

andrew_przybylskiAndrew Przybylski is an experimental psychologist based at the Oxford Internet Institute. Since 2005 his research has focused on applying motivational theory to understand the universal aspects of video games and social media that draw people in, the role of game structure and content on human aggression, and the factors that lead to successful versus unsuccessful self-regulation of gaming contexts and social media use.

Dr Scott Hale

scott_hale-150x150Scott A. Hale is a Data Scientist at the OII. He develops and applies techniques from computer science to research questions in the social sciences. He is particularly interested in the area of human-computer interaction and the spread of information between speakers of different languages online and the roles of bilingual Internet users. He is also interested in collective action and politics more generally. Scott manages the Oxford Experimental Laboratory (OxLab), which runs economic and political science laboratory and field experiments to investigate the effect of different information environments on collective action and the impact of different types of government provision on citizens information seeking behaviour.

Dr Taha Yasseri

taha_yasseriTaha Yasseri is a Research Fellow in Computational Social Science at the OII. Prior to coming to the OII, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, working on the socio-physical aspects of the community of Wikipedia editors, focusing on conflict and editorial wars, along with Big Data analysis to understand human dynamics, language complexity, and popularity spread.

Ramtin (Rami) Amin

ramtin_aminRami Amin is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, focusing on the use of experimental methods to explore political science research questions and themes. His thesis investigates the impact of visibility and transparency on democratic participation and civic behavior. He holds an MPP from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Policy and International Affairs Fellowship, as well as the Harvard Club Award.