Dr Marina Jirotka

 Dr Marina Jirotka

Marina Jirotka is a University Lecturer in Requirements, Computing Laboratory, University of Oxford.


Marina Jirotka is Reader in Requirements Engineering, Director of the Centre for Requirements Engineering, Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Fellow of St Cross College. Her research interests have long been concerned with bringing a richer comprehension of socially organised work practice into the process of engineering technological systems with a focus on supporting everyday work and interaction.

Early on in her career she developed the use of video-based ethnographic research for use in Requirements Engineering. This work was done in collaboration with BT and helped solve problems for City of London trading rooms, service centres and control rooms. Over her research career, she has developed close relationships with an extensive network of companies including those in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, such as BT Healthcare and Health Direct; in Government, NHS and DSTL; in IT, Microsoft and IBM; in Finance, Societe Generale and Barclays; and in Consultancy, McKinsey and KorteQ.

From 2003, her research focussed on e-Research applications, particularly e-Health. As a requirements engineer on a flagship eScience project, eDiaMoND, she became interested in notions of collaboration and trust in clinical practice and in the sciences more generally. She has led research projects into: understanding the importance of intellectual property rights in collaborative medical databases ESRC Copyright Ownership of Medical Data in Collaborative Computing Environments; investigating usability and project management issues in eResearch projects EPSRC Embedding e-Science Applications: Designing and Managing for Usability; and understanding the social shaping of eResearch infrastructure and disciplinary concerns. ESRC Ethical, Legal and Institutional Responses to Emerging e-Research Infrastructure, Policies and Practices.

In 2006 she became a James Martin Research Fellow and was seconded to the Oxford eResearch Centre. In 2007 she was awarded an ESRC/SSRC visiting fellowship to UCLA, and PARC to develop a systematic understanding of data sharing to inform design of eResearch systems.

Most recently, through collaborations with industry, government and other organisations, her investigations have focussed on the Digital Economy. In 2007 she secured a doctoral studentship with KorteQ, a knowledge management company, to develop approaches to understanding how tacit knowledge is captured and communicated in organisations. This work has focussed on understanding the swork of an architects practice to inform the design of technologies to support their work. She has been involved in determining the research agenda on two Digital Economy clusters: one that investigated the emergent practices and capabilities of social networking systems, and explored how we can develop understandings of services, exchange and interaction that benefit the UK economy EPSRC Innovative Media for the Digital Economy (IMDE); and a second that explored the economic, social, legal and regulatory issues to emerge in the next generation of the internet EPSRC Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Economy: an Agenda for the Next-generation Internet.

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, March 2006 -


Past projects

  • Physical Science Information Practices

    September 2010 - July 2011

    Exploring the information seeking, organizing, archiving and communicating capacities of physical sciences communities as a study case (and role model) for effective information processing regimes and behaviours in complex problem-solving tasks.

  • Humanities Information Practices

    February - November 2010

    Many humanities scholars are enthusiastic users of digital resources, however there is a potential mismatch between what (and how) resources are offered, and how scholars might use them. How should they be designed to ensure maximum use by scholars?

  • Embedding e-science applications: designing and managing for usability

    April 2006 - March 2009

    The 'embedding e-science applications' project addressed the difficulty of managing requirements for usability in e-science projects, and developing collaborative approaches to system development that allow for communication of these requirements.

  • OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project

    October 2005 - March 2012

    The Oxford e-Social Science project aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organizational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations.

  • The e-Horizons Institute

    October 2005 - April 2009

    The e-Horizons Institute researched the coming technological breakthroughs in e-science that will have cross-sector social and economic implications as they are taken up by business, government and other actors.



Conference papers




  • ESRC-SSRC Visiting Fellowship for Marina Jirotka

    22 May 2006 Oxford Internet Institute

    Dr Marina Jirotka, a principal investigator on the OII's Oxford e-Social Science (OeSS) Project, has won an ESRC-SSRC Visiting Fellowship to conduct field work and interviews in the United States