Marina Jirotka is Professor of Human Centred Computing in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Governing Body Fellow of St Cross College.

Her expertise involves co-producing user and community requirements and human computer interaction, particularly for collaborative systems. She has been at the forefront of recent work in Responsible Innovation (RI) in the UK and the European Union concentrating on:

  1. The theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of new forms of governance for RI; new methods for the dissemination of materials; and innovative ways of engaging the public in debates on RI in ICT;
  2. Unpacking the practices and concepts of innovation of digital systems in the context of professional organisations;
  3. Developing new, and enhancing existing methods, for RI practice for digital system developers;
  4. Creating a social charter for embedding novel platforms into Smart Societies to provide enhanced agency for people and communities in the new Digital Economy.

She leads an interdisciplinary research group investigating the responsible development of technologies that are more responsive to societal acceptability and desirability. She is an EPSRC Established Career Fellow – a five year investigation into Developing Responsible Robotics for the Digital Economy. She is Director of the newly established Responsible Technology Institute at Oxford and she is co-director of the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT (ORBIT) which provides RI services and training to ICT researchers and practitioners. She is also currently PI on the EPSRC Digital Economy TIPS project Rebuilding and Enhancing Trust in Algorithms (ReEnTrust). Her recently concluded projects involve a range of topics in RI: she led the Responsible Innovation strand of work for the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT); she was PI on ERSCs Digital Wildfires project; and she was Co-PI on EPSRC Digital Economy TIPS project, Emancipating Users Against Algorithmic Biases for a Trusted Digital Economy (UnBias). From her work on analysing the spread of hate speech and misinformation on social media (Digital Wildfires), she was appointed specialist advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications for their inquiry into Children and the Internet.

Marina is a Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society where she is a member of the ICT Ethics Specialist Group committee. She sits on EPSRCs Programme Advisory Board for the Digital Economy, the Advisory Board of the Society for Computers and Law and is a member of the Steering Committee for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics. She is also a member of the UK Committee for IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis). In 2018 was elected to the UK Computing Research Community (UKCRC) a highly selective grouping of the UK’s leading computing academics. She has published widely in international journals and conferences on, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Requirements Engineering.

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, March 2006 – November 2019


Past projects

  • OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Dr Matthijs den Besten, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Professor Christopher Millard, Professor Michael Parker, Dr Justine Pila, Professor Tina Piper, Dr Michael Spence, Professor David Vaver

    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.

  • Physical Science Information Practices

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Lucy Power, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Andrea Scharnhorst, Dr Will Venters, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Melissa Terras, Dr Sally Wyatt, Avgousta Kyriakidou, Peter Williams

    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

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Christine Madsen, Tim Davies, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Monica Bulger, Grace de la Flor, Dr Tim Webmoor, Dr Claire Warwick, Dr Melissa Terras, Dr Sally Wyatt, Smiljana Antonijevic, Dr Anne Beaulieu

    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?

  • The e-Horizons Institute

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Professor Anne Trefethen, Professor Paul Jeffreys, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    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.

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

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Professor Anne Trefethen, Grace de la Flor, Sharon Lloyd, Mustafizur Rahman, Dr Monica Schraefel, Dimitrina Spencer, Andrew Warr

    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.


  • ESRC-SSRC Visiting Fellowship for Marina Jirotka

    22 May 2006

    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


  • Digital Social Research: A Forum for Policy and Practice

    13 March 2012

    This one-day policy forum will bring together leading academics in the rapidly evolving field of Digital Social Research with key thought leaders from business, industry and government interested in the future of research policy and practice.

  • Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights

    12 March 2012

    Technical innovations are enabling scholars to reconfigure how they do their work across all phases of the research process, from discovery to dissemination. What are the implications of this for the foci, quality and significance of research?

  • Internet Ethics Seminar

    30 April 2010

    This seminar aims to contribute to the scope and agenda of Internet Ethics at a time when it is emerging as a research subject. We aim to identify, articulate and deliberate about the ethical issues present in the technology and for its users.

  • Trust and Ethics in e-Science: Agenda-Setting Workshop

    11 September 2006

    Bringing together potential and actual users, developers and representatives of data subject groups to understand the ethical implications and barriers of e-science for their own practices, and the specific issues that emerge in specific contexts.

  • Ethical, Legal, and Institutional Dynamics in e-Science: The case of eDiaMoND

    2 December 2005

    Discussing the ethical and legal issues that have emerged from the Diagnostic Mammography National Database Project (eDiaMoND), beginning with a presentation of the project, including its vision and implementation.