This site is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of digital era government. We are an academic team researching all aspects of citizens, governments and information technologies, particularly the Internet. Our work informs both academic and policy audiences with an aim to help shape policy design.


This site is produced by a joint research team from the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) and the LSE Public Policy Group (London School of Economics and Political Science), led by Professor Helen Margetts (Oxford) and Professor Patrick Dunleavy (LSE).

The site is maintained by Scott Hale and the Oxford Internet Institute Web Team. Please contact us if you encounter any problems.

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Our team

Professor Patrick Dunleavy

Patrick Dunleavy is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has worked since 1979. He was educated at Corpus Christi College and Nuffield College, Oxford, where he gained his D.Phil. He has authored and edited numerous books on political science theory, British politics and urban politics, as well as more than 50 articles in professional journals. He is a principal co-author of Digital era governance: IT corporations, the state and e-government (Oxford: 2006) and is currently working on seven country study of how central governments relate to the IT industry for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

Professor Helen Margetts

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.

Tobias Escher (Oxford)

Tobias Escher is a research assistant at OII and a DPhil student in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the University of Oxford. His academic work is focused on the social implications of the Internet and evolves in particular around eDemocracy, eGovernment and e-Social Science research methods. He is currently working on establishing novel ways of collecting information from the Web for Social Science research, including web metrics, social network analysis and user experiments.

Scott Hale (Oxford)

Scott A. Hale is a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford. His research compares cosmopolitan versus parochial knowledge sharing on the internet and how the diversity-enhancing potential of the Internet is under-realized due to a natural tendency for individuals to interact with others similar to themselves (homophily). He is currently investigating what technological and social design changes can enhance cross-language knowledge sharing.

Jane Tinkler (LSE)

Jane has been Manager of the Public Policy Group since June 2005 and leads on many of their research projects. Previously she was Managing Editor of Political Studies and Political Studies Review and a Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University College London. She has published on public policy and e-government and is currently working on research on citizen redress across UK government.

Simon Bastow (LSE)

Simon has worked on public policy and e-government issues for more than ten years, formerly at the School of Public Policy, University College London, and since 2005, as part of the LSE Public Policy Group. During this time, he been involved in extensive studies of UK and international e-government on behalf of the National Audit Office, and has co-authored a number of publications in this field. Simon has worked on many other issues of public management reform in the UK and beyond, and is currently completing a PhD on the public management of the prison system in England and Wales.