Platforms, Governance, and Global Society (PGG)

Online platforms have risen as the infrastructural services of our time, transforming the existing societal structures and our daily lives and activities, such as news consumption, travelling, and shopping. 

Situated between nation states and individual users, online platforms have raised questions not merely about their implications for our lives and the society as a whole, but also about governance in a platform era: how governance is exercised by platforms and how to govern these platforms.

The PGG programme will conduct research on selected issues concerning online platforms and governance in a global society.

Our aims and methods are:

  • research prominent and emerging issues around online platforms and governance in a global society
  • identify the theoretical, practical, and policy issues to which it gives rise
  • conduct research into selected issues adopting a multi-disciplinary approach
  • provide a platform for discussion and debate among academics, policy-makers, and the business, corporate sector
  • bring together scholars and researchers, corporate practitioners and government officials, civil society and international agencies
  • forge links among nations, especially between western nations and China
  • publish and otherwise disseminate the results of research, policy analysis, and resulting practical issues
  • offer specialized courses and training in selected issues.


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Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
21 - 21
Oct Oct
FLJS Films: Peterloo
Monday 21 October - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

FLJS Films opens its 2019-20 programme with acclaimed director Mike Leigh’s latest film Peterloo, which, by bringing to light a little-known atrocity in Manchester 200 years ago, makes a timely comment on the resonances of public protest.

Lectures and Seminars
22 - 22
Oct Oct
Black History Month: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday 22 October - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

The month of October is celebrated as the Black History Month in the UK. The Black History Month is intended to celebrate, publicise, and reflect upon the contributions and achievements of the members of the black community in the UK.

Sports & Wellness
22 - 22
Oct Oct
Mixed Circuit Training
Tuesday 22 October - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Mixed Circuits runs every Tuesday and Thursday, all year long, at 6pm in the Games Room, organised by the Boat Club. It is open to all members of college, featuring a high intensity workout focussing on a sequence of core and cardio exercises as well as stretching.