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Professor Helen Margetts

Director, Public Policy Programme for Data Science and AI & Professor of Society and the Internet
The Alan Turing Institute and Oxford Internet Institute (Confirmed)

Helen Margetts is the Director, Public Policy Programme for Data Science and AI at the Alan Turing Institute and the Professor of Society and the Oxford Internet Institute. 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.

  • Collaborating with the Information Commissioner’s Office to develop a framework for explaining processes, services and decisions delivered by AI, to improve transparency and accountability
  • Advising the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the recently announced Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
  • Partnering with the Office for National Statistics Data Science Campus to develop dedicated training to grow the data profession and community in the civil service
  • Using these technologies to improve the provision of public services, to design more effective policies, and to measure policy outcomes more accurately
  • Understanding the application of AI and Data Science tools across the NHS and Local Government