Professor Marina Jirotka

Associate Director and Academic Link to Computer Science
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Marina Jirotka is Reader in Requirements Engineering, Director of the Centre for Requirements Engineering and Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre. Her research interests have long been concerned with bringing a richer comprehension of socially organised work practice into the process of engineering technological systems with a focus on supporting everyday work and interaction.

Early in her career she developed the use of video-based ethnographic research for use in Requirements Engineering. This work was done in collaboration with BT and helped solve problems for City of London trading rooms, service centres and control rooms. Over her research career, she has developed close relationships with an extensive network of companies including those in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, such as BT Healthcare and Health Direct; in Government, NHS and DSTL; in IT, Microsoft and IBM; in Finance, Societe Generale and Barclays; and in Consultancy, McKinsey and KorteQ.

From 2003, her research focussed on e-Research applications, particularly e-Health. As a requirements engineer on a flagship eScience project, eDiaMoND, she became interested in notions of collaboration and trust in clinical practice and in the sciences more generally. She has led research projects into:

  • understanding the importance of intellectual property rights in collaborative medical databases. (ESRC Copyright Ownership of Medical Data in Collaborative Computing Environments);
  • investigating usability and project management issues in eResearch projects. (EPSRC Embedding e-Science Applications: Designing and Managing for Usability):
  • understanding the social shaping of eResearch infrastructure and disciplinary concerns.  (ESRC Ethical, Legal and Institutional Responses to Emerging e-Research Infrastructure, Policies and Practices).

In 2006 she became a James Martin Research Fellow and joined the Oxford eResearch Centre, and in 2007 she was awarded an ESRC/SSRC visiting fellowship to UCLA, and PARC to develop a systematic understanding of data sharing to inform the design of eResearch systems.

Most recently, through collaborations with industry, government and other organisations, her investigations have also focussed on the Digital Economy.. She was involved in determining the research agenda on two Digital Economy clusters: one that investigated the emergent practices and capabilities of social networking systems, and explored how to develop understandings of services, exchange and interaction that benefit the UK economy (EPSRC Innovative Media for the Digital Economy); and a second that explored the economic, social, legal and regulatory issues to emerge in the next generation of the internet (EPSRC Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Economy: an Agenda for the Next-generation Internet). 

In October 2009 she was appointed Deputy Director of the National Strategic Directorate of the eSocial Science Programme. The National Strategic Directorate team consists of David De Roure of University of Southampton as Director with Marina Jirotka as Deputy, Rob Procter, previously NCeSS Research Director, and now Director of the Manchester e-Research Centre  and Anne Trefethen, Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre.


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