Experience

2014 – present  Researcher, Centre for Research into Online Communities and e-Learning Systems (CROCELS), United Kingdom

Project Réponsable: Polnetics – Transforming Politics and Policy in the Digital Age.

Work In Progress: Internet and Multimedia Studies: An Integrative Textbook by Jonathan Bishop and Shefali Virkar

2011 – present  Freelance Policy Analyst and Researcher, London (UK)

Publication Affiliation: Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford (UK)

2010 –  2011   Senior Research Assistant, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford (UK)

Project: Unemployment Benefits and Labour Policy in Eastern Europe

Key Responsibilities:  Forging contacts, data collection and drafting of preliminary reports on Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria

2006 – 2007  Research Assistant, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (UK) and the European Commission

Project: Breaking Barriers to e‐Government – Overcoming Obstacles to Improving European Public Services

Key Responsibilities: Lead Researcher, e‐Consultation Initiatives in Europe

November 2006 – December 2006  Consultant, Cabinet Office, Government of the United Kingdom

Project: Web 2.0. and the Google Generation

Final Output:

Virkar, S. ‘Web 2.0 and the Google Generation: The Politics of Social Networking Sites and Online Virtual Environments’, presented at The Oxford Internet Institute and Cabinet Office Workshop,  19th December 2006

‘My Political Face: Exploring Social Networking Tools – Facebook and MySpace’

‘A Second Lease of Life for Democracy: Politics in the Virtual Environment of Second Life’

2005 – 2006 Research Assistant, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (UK)

Project: The World Wide Web of Science Project – Emerging Sources of Global Expertise

Key Responsibilities: Data collection (webmetrics and interviews), data analysis, preparation of presentations and publications

March 2005 – Sept 2005 Intern, e‐Governments Foundation, Bangalore (India)

Projects:  The Property Tax Information System,  Public Grievance and Redressal, The Nirmala Nagara Initiative (in partnership with the Govt. of Karnataka, India)

Key Responsibilities: Data collection, documentation and analysis

 

Other Relevant Experience

2014  Editorial Advisory Board Member, Encyclopedia of Global Supply Change Management, IGI Global.

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Handbook of Research on Political Activism in the Information Age, IGI Global.

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Political Campaigning in the Information Age, IGI Global.

2013  Editorial Advisory Board Member, Politics and Policy in the Information Age, Polnetics.

2010 Editor/Writer, The Oxford Internationalist, University of Oxford

2006 – 2007 Vice President, Keble College MCR Committee, Keble College, University of Oxford

2006 – 2007 Guest Editor, St. Antony’s International Review, Special Issue: Power and Governance in a Digitised World

2005 – 2006 Graduate Representative, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

May 2004 Organiser, Global Futures Forum, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick


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