I am a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at the Unviersity of Oxford, in Oxford, UK, working on the Computational Propaganda project, in Prof Phil Howard’s team.

I studied for my PhD (currently near submission) in Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, in the Web and Internet Science group, supervised by Prof Luc Moreau and Prof Susan Halford. My PhD focuses on causal inference for estimating the social influence of online communications on real-world outcomes, at the individual and at the collective level. My PhD research was honoured with the Best Poster award at the 2016 International Conference on Social Informatics in Seattle, Washington.

I hold an MSc in Operational Research from the University of Southampton (2014, Distinction, dissertation prize, full scholarship), and a BA (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge (2012, 2.1, dissertation high commendation).


Research Interests

My research focus is on developing computational models and methods for understanding and analysing patterns of behaviour in online interactions, informed by the social sciences. My research interests relate to the areas of online social influence, causal inference, social network analysis, computational social science, and data science.


Liotsiou, D., Moreau, L., & Halford, S. (2016, November). Social Influence: From Contagion to a Richer Causal Understanding. In International Conference on Social Informatics (pp. 116-132). Springer International Publishing. [paper on SpringerLink, poster as pdf] Best Poster Award.

Work in Progress

Liotsiou, D., Moreau, L., & Halford, S. (2018, work in progress). A Causal Methodological Framework for Conceptualising and Measuring Social Influence in Online Communications Using Observational Data.

Older Work

Liotsiou D. (2014, September). Projecting Dental Care Need in England over the Next 20-30 Years. Masters Thesis. Sponsor Award.

Liotsiou D. (2012, June). Parallelising Ant Colony Optimisation-based solutions to the Vehicle Routing Problem in Scala. Undergraduate Thesis. High Commendation.



I have been invited to serve on the Program Committee of the Third International Conference on Human and Social Analytics (HUSO 2017)


During my PhD, I demonstrated and/or marked for the following courses and short seminars:


  • Java programming labs, undergraduate-level (demonstator)
  • Funtional programming in Scheme, undergraduate-level (marker)
  • Social network analysis, postgraduate-level (group project mentor)
  • Software engineering, undergraduate-level (group project mentor)


  • Introduction to Data Science in Python, for secondary-education teachers
  • Introduction to Machine Learning in Python, for PhD students


Mimie (Dimitra) Liotsiou,
Oxford Internet Institute,
University of Oxford,
1 St Giles,
Oxford, OX1 3JS,
United Kingdom