Tom Nicholls is a DPhil student studying the impact of technology on citizen/government relationships, the Internet's implications for public management and models of electronic public service delivery.
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).
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 held at the OII
- DPhil student, October 2011 –
- MSc student, October 2010 – September 2011
Supervisors at the OII
The Internet, Political Science and Public Policy: Re-examining Collective Action, Governance and Citizen-Government Interactions in the Digital Era
Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Scott A. Hale, Tom Nicholls, Dr Taha Yasseri
This research programme aims to assess where political science understanding, knowledge and theory should be re-examined and developed in light of widespread use of the Internet, and to develop methodologies to study online behaviour.
Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Scott A. Hale, Tom Nicholls, Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Jonathan Bright
This project aims to enhance JISC's UK Web Domain archive, a 30 TB archive of the .uk country-code top level domain collected from 1996 to 2010. It will extract link graphs from the data and disseminate social science research using the collection.
- (2021) "Computational identification of media frames: strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities", Political Communication: an international journal. 38 (1-2) 159-181.
- (2020) "Splitting the Tactical Vote? Coordination Problems with Polling Model-Driven Tactical Voting Websites", Political Quarterly. 91 (1) 61-69.
- (2019) "Detecting textual reuse in news stories, at scale", International Journal of Communication. 13 (2019) 4173-4197.
- (2019) "Local government performance, cost-effectiveness, and use of the web: an empirical analysis", Policy and Internet. 11 (4) 480-507.
- (2018) "Understanding news story chains using information retrieval and network clustering techniques", Communication Methods and Measures. 13 (1) 43-59.
- (2014) "The Life and Death of Political News: Measuring the Impact of the Audience Agenda Using Online Data", Social Science Computer Review. 32 (2) 170-181.
- (2013) "An Empirical Analysis of Internet Top-Level Domain Policy", Journal of Information Policy. 3 464.
- (2018) "Coming of Age: Developments in Digital-Born News Media in Europe" In: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
- (2017) The Global Expansion of Digital-Born News Media. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
- (2016) "Digital-Born News Media in Europe" In: Digital-Born News Media in Europe. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
8 September 2015 The Hindu
A long article on digital journalism quotes research by Jonathan Bright and Tom Nicholls which found that the most read articles were the most likely to stay on the front page longer.