Paul A. David, a Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University, has joined the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) as its first Senior Fellow, where he will lead research on the social and institutional dynamics of e-Science. The Director of the OII, Bill Dutton, said: “Professor David is a mentor to some of the world’s leading economists. He will be a major force in OII research on such critical issues of policy and practice as standards and intellectual property rights.”

Professor David, a former chair of the Department of Economics at Stanford, will be a principal investigator on a new OII project to be supported by the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), which aims to identify key areas for social and policy research on e-Science. Professor David, also an Emeritus Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, sees his appointment as an opportunity to continue his collaboration with colleagues at the University of Oxford while building a new area of social and economic research.

According to Professor David: “There is huge scope for the systematic study of the institutional and organisational environments round the world that would be conducive to effectively utilizing the technical capabilities being created by the UK’s e-Science programme.”

Professor Paul Jeffreys, Director of the Oxford University Computing Services and Director of the Oxford University e-Science Centre, sees Paul David’s appointment as a “wonderful opportunity to help build an ‘e-Science Social Science Virtual Centre’ anchored at the University of Oxford in the OII and the Said Business School”.

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Notes for Editors

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is one of the world’s first truly multidisciplinary Internet institute based in a major university. Exclusively devoted to the study of the impact of the Internet on society, the OII aims to put Oxford, the UK and Europe at the centre of debates about how the Internet could and should develop.