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.


The latest from Wolfson College

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12 December 2019
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Sarah Skeels, Wolfson student, appears in the new BBC Four natural history documentary, called Secret of Skins

25 November 2019
Wolfson alumnus Michael Rands appointed Master of Darwin College

Congratulations to Dr Michael Rands, Wolfson alumnus, who has been appointed Master of Darwin College. 

Romulus Logo
22 November 2019
Romulus reveals this year's theme

The editorial team revealed the theme with a launch party that had live music, scientific talks, poetry and a juggling performance. 

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
19 - 19
Dec Dec
Accessing and Analysing Culturally Sensitive Content: Data Capsules, Extracted F...
Thursday 19 December - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The long-term goal of the Ātea Project — which is part of New Zealand’s National Science Challenges — is to help build prosperous, culturally thriving and technology-driven Māori economies for future generations.

Art Exhibition
07 - 25
Jan Mar
Haiku poetry composed by the President, with illustrations
Tuesday 7 January - 9:00am to Wednesday 25 March - 4:00pm

This exhibition is located in the corridor between the Buttery and the Cafe. 

16 - 18
Jan Jan
From Concept to Monument: Time and Cost of Construction in the Ancient World
Thursday 16 January - 1:00pm to Saturday 18 January - 6:30pm

The conference sets an exclusive focus on modelling the costs of construction over the course of 1,500 years, from Archaic Greece to the early middle ages. Over the last decade, the general interest in building costs and organisational aspects of historical construction has seen a rise in popularity amongst scholars working on pre-modern architecture.