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Cailean Osborne

DPhil Student

Cailean Osborne

DPhil Student


Cailean is a DPhil candidate in Social Data Science, whose research interests concern the political economy of open source software (OSS) and the digital commons at large. In his DPhil, Cailean is working on topics such as funding models, maintenance labour, and inter-company collaboration in the domain of OSS. Alongside his DPhil, Cailean is a researcher at the Linux Foundation and co-leads the OII’s Social Network Analysis Reading Group. Prior to the DPhil, Cailean worked in AI policy at the UK Government and studied at the University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, and UC Santa Barbara. Cailean’s research is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

Research Interests

Open source software; digital commons; political economy; computational social science; social network analysis; machine learning; technology policy

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, September 2021 -
  • MSc Student, October 2017 - September 2019



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