See our past projects

  • Governance of Emerging Technologies

    Participants: Professor Sandra Wachter, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Chris Russell, Dr Silvia Milano, Dr Johann Laux

    GET investigates legal, ethical, and social aspects of AI, machine learning, and other emerging information technologies.

  • Programme on Democracy & Technology

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Professor Philip Howard, Dr Aliaksandr Herasimenka, Dr Aleksi Knuutila, Lisa-Maria Neudert

    DemTech investigates the use of algorithms, automation, and computational propaganda in public life..

  • Trustworthiness Auditing for AI

    Participants: Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Professor Sandra Wachter, Dr Chris Russell, Dr Netta Winstein

    This project will evaluate the effectiveness of accountability tools addressing explainability, bias, and fairness in AI. A ‘trustworthiness auditing meta-toolkit’ will be developed and validated via case studies in healthcare and open science.

  • Oxford Martin Programme on Misinformation, Science and Media

    Participants: Professor Phil Howard, Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Dr J. Scott Brennen

    In this three-year programme researchers will examine the interplay between systematic misinformation campaigns, news coverage, and increasingly important social media platforms for public understanding of science and technological innovation.

  • DomesticAI: AI’s Potential to transform unpaid domestic work in the UK and Japan

    Participants: Dr Ekaterina Hertog, Professor Vili Lehdonvirta

    This project explores the introduction of AI technologies to unpaid domestic work and the potential benefits and vulnerabilities related to this.

  • Programme on Adolescent Well-Being in the Digital Age

    Participants: Professor Andrew Przybylski, Dr Matti Vuorre, Dr Niklas Johannes

    This programme addresses the assumptions that the overall mental well-being of young people is undergoing a pronounced period of decline and that digital technologies might be driving this trend.

  • The Futures for Online Consumption

    Participants: Professor Gina Neff, Blake DiCosola

    How might the future of consumption change how we track and monitor ourselves? This project will test different strategies for helping people make healthier choices in online food shopping.

  • Strengthening Digital Democracy

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This programme supports research into the use of computational propaganda in developing democracies, our management of strategic relations with industry, government and civil society stakeholders, and capacity transfer to civil society groups.

  • AI in the News: Reshaping our Information Ecosystem

    Participants: Professor Gina Neff, Felix Simon

    This project will engage key stakeholders in the UK news industry in a public symposium to address urgent and pressing questions about news production in the age of AI.

  • How Much is Too Much? Leveraging Existing and Emerging Large-Scale Social Data to Build Robust Evidence-Based Policy for Children in the Digital Age

    Participants: Professor Andrew Przybylski, Dr Amy Orben

    This project will capitalize on ESRC data resources to build a more nuanced and transparent empirical understanding of the impacts of digital technologies on young people.

  • Connected Fitness: Can Online Fitness Communities Facilitate Social Connectedness?

    Participants: Professor Gina Neff, Blake DiCosola, Jaimie Freeman

    This study will assess how self-tracking data shapes social communities and the support people that receive from them, mapping the roles that online fitness communities play in maintaining psychological and social wellbeing and social connectedness.

  • Resistance to Resilience: Oxford Martin Initiative on Vaccine Misinformation

    Participants: Professor Phillip Howard, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Aleksi Knuutila, Dr Aliaksandr Herasimenka

    This project builds on existing data science to understand the extent to which credible public health information is outweighed by false content on social media and measure the effectiveness of public health communication responses in real‐time.

  • Current Affairs 2.0: Agenda setting in the European Union

    Participants: Dr Scott Hale, Fabian Flöck, Przemyslaw Grabowicz, David Jurgens, Chico Camargo

    This project seeks to measure and explain what societal issues are given the highest priorities by media organizations, policy makers, and the general public in different nations and languages of the European Union.

  • Creative work – A “hotspot” for digital skills? Identifying digital skill developments in the UK creative online freelance industry.

    Participants: Dr Fabian Stephany, Professor Vili Lehdonvirta

    Digital technologies are transforming our work environments and demand for skills, with creative work severely affected. This project will use unique secondary data to measure changes in the UK’s creative service sector digital skill composition.

  • A European Ethical Code for Posthumous Medical Data Donation

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi

    This project explores a broadened understanding of data uses in respect of European fundamental rights and investigates an AI governance model for sensitive data use.

  • A Right to Reasonable Inferences in Advertising and Financial Services

    Participants: Professor Sandra Wachter, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Silvia Milano, Dr Johann Laux, Dr Chris Russell

    This project uses legal and ethical analysis to establish the requirements for applying a ‘right to reasonable inferences’ in Europe to protect against privacy-invasive and discriminatory automated decision-making in advertising and financial services.

  • Platform Alternatives: Strategies and Corporate Governance for Europe’s Platform Economy

    Participants: Dr Nicolas Friederici, Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Professor Jeanette Hofmann, Subin Park

    This project addresses the question of how platformization can be managed in order to achieve fairer results for European stakeholders.

  • Political Communication, AI and Data Diversity in the US

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This project investigates contemporary trends in political communication, political polarization, artificial intelligence, and data diversity in the United States.

  • AI and the Right to Reasonable Algorithmic Inferences

    Participants: Professor Sandra Wachter

    The project will identify weaknesses in general and sectoral regulatory mechanisms - such as the limited protections afforded to inferences in data protection law - and argue for greater accountability by establishing a ‘right to reasonable inferences'.

  • The Association between Video Game Play and Cognition

    Participants: Dr Matti Vuorre

    This project studies video game play's association to cognition using novel methods that improve upon existing literature by studying gaming in its natural context, using actual game play data.

  • The A-Z of AI

    Participants: Professor Gina Neff, James Ward IV, Margaret McGrath, Blake Dicosola, Nayana Prakash

    The A-Z of AI is an interactive guide that allows anyone who is curious about AI to develop a baseline understanding of the technology.

  • AI Yesterday

    Participants: Margaret McGrath

    AI Yesterday is a digital zine that challenges dominant narratives about AI’s potential futures. Through experimental, freeform participation, the project embraces voices and outputs that academic writing and journalism often exclude.

  • Turing Institute


    We are a contributing department to the Alan Turing Institute (ATI), which will place the UK at the forefront of world-wide research in data science.

  • WIP: World Internet Project

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank

    The World Internet Project (WIP) carries out panel surveys in over twenty countries to help understand how individuals adopt and use the Internet and other technologies, as well as the resulting social, economic, political and everyday-life implications.