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Web Science Institute

About Us

Founded in 2014, the Web Science Institute (WSI) co-ordinates Southampton’s interdisciplinary socio-technical expertise in Web Science, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, harnessing our research, education and enterprise capabilities to tackle urgent global challenges.

We bring together leading-edge expertise from across the University to explore the online environment from socio-technical perspectives, stimulating and coordinating interdisciplinary activity around Web, Data Science, AI and emerging digital technologies.

Our directors, and management team are advised by: Faculty Deans and Senior Management (Strategy Board), external partners from Industry, Business, the Third Sector and Local Government (External Advisory Board) and from researchers in 17 departments across the university (Academic Advisory Board). The Academic Advisory Board also acts as a dissemination channel to our academic network.

What we do


We facilitate exciting opportunities for researchers to collaborate in a range of interdisciplinary activities, which help to establish novel socio-technical approaches to tackle the major challenges facing society. We also head major international research programmes that are funded by UK Research Councils, the EU, government and industrial partners.

The Alan Turing Institute

We coordinate the University’s membership activities across the University, including Fellowships and Projects, to aid world class research in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.


We provide postgraduate education through our Centres for Doctoral Training in Web Science Innovation and Human-Centred AI and deliver an online programme of Continuing Professional Development in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Enterprise and Impact

We drive positive societal and civic impact through our knowledge exchange and enterprise activities, and work with external organisations and local government to establish new policies, facilitate research collaborations, and provide expertise in the area's of Web Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science.


We set international agendas through major web science conferences and are a founding member of the international Web Science Trust Network of Labs.



Find out how and why you should collaborate with us.



The Web Science Institute is working with Public Policy Southampton to encourage Southampton’s Web and Internet research to inform policy in innovative and impactful ways.

WSI brochure

WSI Brochure

Find out more about the activities, research and impact of the WSI.

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If you would like to find out how you can get involved with us or have any other queries, please contact our Coordination Manager, Susan Davies,

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