Liam Bekirsky is a student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences.

Liam is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute whose research focuses on communities of practice, from hobby and amateur groups to professional networks, which often use digital technologies to organise their knowledge-making activities. His research looks at how the representation of these communities through data visualisation alters how the members of the communities perceive the dynamics in the group. His work is at the intersection of sociology and network analysis, knowledge mobilisation, user experience design, and education. Prior to joining the OII, Liam completed a dual Master’s degree at Sciences Po Paris in Digital and New Technology and Public Policy and in Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and French Studies at Glendon College, York University, in Toronto, where he also completed his training and certification as a high school teacher (BEd). Outside of academia, he has worked in education policy as an intern at the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), and as an analyst in education data and research at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). He has also been a researcher on the Globally Networked Learning and Bilingual Open Educational Resources projects at York University. Liam’s research is generously supported by the Clarendon Fund and St. Antony’s College.