Professor Howard is a social scientist with expertise in technology, public policy and international affairs. He is Director of the Democracy and Technology Programme at Oxford University, Professor at Balliol College and is affiliated with the Departments of Politics and Sociology. He is also currently a visiting fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University's Kennedy School.

Howard has published extensively on information technology and global information ecology in a variety of disciplines, including engineering, information science, sociology, law and public policy, building on his degrees in political science, economics and sociology. He is one of a small number of scholars who have received awards from the three major academic associations for their work in political science, sociology and information science.

His research applies a diverse combination of behavioural, computational and social research methods. His award-winning interdisciplinary research in behavioural science, engineering and social science has been funded by large grants from public scientific bodies such as the National Science Foundation and the European Research Council. His research appears in respected peer-reviewed journals and books from leading academic publishers.

His articles on technology and public life are published in outlets such as the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post. In recent years he has built and led large research teams and departments - including the Oxford Internet Institute - through organisational vision, fiduciary responsibility and new revenue-generating initiatives. He consults to civil society groups, governments, industry and international institutions on contemporary technology and policy issues.

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.