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.