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Dr Marina Jirotka

Former Research Associate

Dr Marina Jirotka

Former Research Associate


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 at the OII

  • Research Associate, March 2006 - November 2019