Helen is Professor of Society and the Internet and a lecturer at Mansfield College. She is a political scientist specialising in the relationship between digital technology and government, politics and public policy. She advocates the potential of multidisciplinarity and computational social science for our understanding of political behaviour and public policy development in a digital world.

He has published over a hundred books, articles and policy reports in this field, including Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action (with Peter John, Scott Hale and Taha Yasseri, 2015); Paradoxes of Modernization (with Perri 6 and Christopher Hood, 2010); Digital Era Governance (with Patrick Dunleavy, 2006, 2008); and The Tools of Government in the Digital Age (with Christopher Hood, 2007).

Since 2018, Helen has been Director of the Public Policy Programme at The Alan Turing Insitute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The programme works with policy makers to research and develop ways to use data science and AI to improve policy making and service delivery, encourage government innovation and establish an ethical framework for the use of data science in government. The programme comprises more than 90 research projects involving 55 researchers from 20 universities, working with more than 100 public sector agencies at national, regional, local and international levels.

Featured programmes and seminars

  • High Capacity Campus

    Start date: 07/07/2024

    The main objective of this initiative is to develop the potential of young people between the ages of 10 and 18 who have been accredited as "high ability".

  • Workshop From Science to Society

    Start date: 22/09/2024

    The Rafael del Pino Foundation together with the Club de Científicos (Rafael del Pino Excellence Fellows) organise the FS2S: Translating today's research into tomorrow's solutions.

  • A History of the World programme. Jeremy Adelman

    Start date: 20/09/2024

    This course, aimed at young people aged between 17 and 25, invites them to learn about and delve into world history in order to understand how we are connected in the globalised world in which we live.

  • Artificial Intelligence Ethics Programme. Carissa Véliz

    Start date: 28/10/2024

    This course will help us understand the "digital reality" we live in. A practical and constructive approach, offering possible solutions to the ethical challenges generated by AI.