Professor Helen Margetts has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to social and political science.

“I am really excited to receive this honour, that recognises the value of multi-disciplinary research for social science and vice versa,” says Professor Margetts.  “I have loved working with so many talented researchers from across the disciplines at the Oxford Internet Institute, the University of Oxford, LSE, UCL and beyond over the years – and now at The Alan Turing Institute.  I believe passionately that a rich multi-disciplinary mix and new methodological approaches are needed to understand – and shape – society and politics in a digital world.”

Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College at the University of Oxford. She is also a Turing Fellow and Director of the Public Policy Programme at The Alan Turing Institute. From 2011 to 2018, she was Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, before which she was UCL’s first professor of Political Science and Director of the School of Public Policy (1999-2004).

Throughout her research career, she has worked to demonstrate the value of multi-disciplinary research for social science; to raise the profile of social science across the mathematical and physical sciences in the newer fields of data science and artificial intelligence; and to maximise the policy impact of social science research.

Find out more about Professor Helen Margetts.