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Tom Nicholls

Former MSc Student

Tom Nicholls

Former MSc Student


Tom is working on his DPhil as part of the OII’s project on The Internet, Political Science and Public Policy: Re-examining Collective Action, Governance and Citizen-Government Interactions in the Digital Era. His research interests include the impact of technology on citizen/government relationships, the Internet’s implications for public management and models of electronic public service delivery.

Tom has worked in local government as a project manager and analyst on service transformation projects, and in the voluntary sector improving public engagement. He has also interned in Parliament and the U.S. Congress as a research assistant. He has a BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds (2003), a Postgraduate Diploma in Local Government Management from Warwick Business School (2005) and an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the OII (2011).

Research Interests

Democratic participation, e-Governance, public sector management reform, ICT procurement, collective action, peer production, the Free Software movement, the role of volunteers in government, domain name policy.

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, October 2011 - November 2016
  • MSc Student, October 2010 - July 2011