Professor Helen Margetts will receive the award for her groundbreaking research in the field of digital-era government and politics. (image: Tim Muntinga / Oxford Internet Institute)
Professor Helen Margetts will receive the award for her groundbreaking research in the field of digital-era government and politics at the University of Oxford. (image: T. Muntinga / Oxford Internet Institute)
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Prof. Helen Margetts to receive Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics & TechnologyNew award for groundbreaking research

The first Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics & Technology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will be awarded to Helen Margetts, Professor at the University of Oxford and Programme Director for Public Policy at The Alan Turing Institute in London. The award honors her groundbreaking research in the field of digital-era government and politics. It also includes a guest stay at TUM.

The prize is endowed with 30,000 euros and will be awarded annually by the Friedrich Schiedel-Stiftung. The Foundation honors entrepreneur and philanthropist Friedrich Schiedel (1913-2001). It supports both social and scientific causes.

The newly-established prize will be awarded to outstanding individuals who contribute to inter- and transdisciplinary projects linking politics and technology. Friedrich Schiedel was one of TUM's Honorary Senators. His Foundation supported TUM from the very beginning, among others by establishing the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair of Neuroscience and the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair in the Sociology of Science.

The award enables a guest stay at the Technical University of Munich’s TUM School of Governance. Lectures, participation in TUM’s academic life and discussion with students and researchers will allow for insights into the scientists’ research achievements.

Outstanding research on politics in the age of the Internet

Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and Programme Director for Public Policy at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. Her research investigates political behavior and institutions in the age of the Internet, social media and data science. She has published over one hundred books, articles and major research reports in this area.

Her most recent book "Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action" (with Peter John, Scott Hale and Taha Yasseri) uses data science and experimental methods to reveal the underlying patterns of political behavior. The book won the 2017 W.J. Mackenzie Prize from the UK Political Studies Association. From 2011 to April 2018, she was Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, which investigates the relationship between Internet-related technologies and society. She is editor-in-chief of the journal Policy and Internet, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and sits on the UK government’s Digital Economy Council and Home Office Scientific Advisory Council.

The prize will be awarded at the traditional TUM Awards Dinner on December 3, 2018. Professor Margetts' guest stay at TUM is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2018. She will also participate in the Munich Politics Network's inaugural event ‘Disruptive Politics & Technology’ on November 22 and 23.

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