Digital societies, digital misinformation and social media

The DSI aims to host, facilitate and promote research in social and economic data science

Data from our social existence are generated, gathered and tracked like never before.

Trends towards digitisation have been sharply accelerated by the pandemic, changing the way we live in the twenty-first century.

Our research looks at how this social data is changing how people interact with friends, businesses, employers, politics and democracy.

This page is currently under development as the DSI expands its range of activities. Contributions to DSI research are being actively sought. Please get in contact in order to become involved.

Current DSI activity


DSI Staff


Professor Ken Benoit

Professor of Computational Social Science

DSI Affiliates


Dr Florian Foos

Assistant Professor in Political Behaviour

B Miller

Dr Blake Miller

Assistant Professor


DSI Visiting Staff

Are you working on this topic? See your research published here by submitting an application to become a DSI Affiliate or to join our Visiting Appointment Scheme.

All applications are welcomed to these schemes that allow staff from across LSE and from other institutions to benefit from special access to DSI resources. Find out more here or via email.

Related LSE research

The strong research community at the London School of Economics also takes an interest in this research theme. As the cornerstone of data science at LSE, the DSI acts as a nexus for research and learning, working alongside other Departments and Institutes across the School.

The Department of Government is a world leading centre for research in politics and government. Find out about our research activities and the work of our internationally respected experts.