Tom is working on his DPhil as part of the OII's project on The Internet, Political Science and Public Policy: Re-examining Collective Action, Governance and Citizen-Government Interactions in the Digital Era. His research interests include the impact of technology on citizen/government relationships, the Internet's implications for public management and models of electronic public service delivery.
Tom has worked in local government as a project manager and analyst on service transformation projects, and in the voluntary sector improving public engagement. He has also interned in Parliament and the U.S. Congress as a research assistant. He has a BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds (2003), a Postgraduate Diploma in Local Government Management from Warwick Business School (2005) and an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the OII (2011).
democratic participation, e-Governance, public sector management reform, ICT procurement, collective action, peer production, the Free Software movement, the role of volunteers in government, domain name policy
Positions held at the OII
- DPhil student, October 2011 -
- MSc student, October 2010 - September 2011
February 2012 - February 2014
This project aims to enhance JISC's UK Web Domain archive, a 30 TB archive of the .uk country-code top level domain collected from 1996 to 2010. It will extract link graphs from the data and disseminate social science research using the collection.
April 2011 - September 2014
This research programme aims to assess where political science understanding, knowledge and theory should be re-examined and developed in light of widespread use of the Internet, and to develop methodologies to study online behaviour.
- Bright, J., and Nicholls, T. (2014) The Life and Death of Political News: Measuring the Impact of the Audience Agenda Using Online Data. Social Science Computer Review 32 (2) 170-181.
- Nicholls, T. (2013) An Empirical Analysis of Internet Top-Level Domain Policy. Journal of Information Policy 3: 464-484. doi:10.5471/jip.v3i0.150.
Nicholls, T. (forthcoming) Digital Era Local Government in England: Service reform and the Internet, 1997-2014. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
8 September 2015 The Hindu
A long article on digital journalism quotes research by Jonathan Bright and Tom Nicholls which found that the most read articles were the most likely to stay on the front page longer.