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 – 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.