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Dr Jonathan Bright

Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jonathan Bright

Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow


Jonathan Bright is an Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute who specialises in computational approaches to the social and political sciences. He has two major research interests: exploring the ways in which new digital technologies are changing political participation; and investigating how new forms of data can enable local and national governments to make better decisions.

Areas of Interest for Doctoral Supervision

Big data, democracy, governance, government, journalism, open data, political participation, public management, public policy, security, social media, social networks, surveillance


Research Interests

Social media, news, political behaviour, computational social science, big data

Positions at the OII

  • Associate Professor, December 2020 -
  • Senior Research Fellow, November 2017 -
  • Research Fellow, April 2013 - November 2017


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Integrity Statement

In the past five years my work has been financially supported by UK taxpayers, the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, the John Fell Fund, the Luminate Group, Innovate UK, NERC, the Wiener-Anspach Foundation, ERA-NET Joint Programming Initiative (European Commission), the EC 7th Framework Programme, the Lloyds Register Foundation (Alan Turing Institute), the Department for Work and Pensions and Google. In that time I have also worked as a consultant for Facebook, DFID and the ICO, and given paid lectures on the Oxford Study Abroad programme and the FCO Indian Leadership Programme.

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Current Courses

Simulating Society

Please note this course is not available in the 2021-22 academic year

This course is about agent-based modelling, a fascinating technique for answering social science questions, based on computer simulation of real-world societies and real-world human events.