Prof Harith Alani

Professor of Web Science

Professor of Web Science at the Knowledge Media institute, The Open University, and leader of the Social Data Science group. Previously to joining KMi, I was a senior research fellow at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. Published more than 150 scientific papers, and Co-ordinated several international projects. Check my homepage for further detail (


social data science, social media analysis, computational social science, online behaviour analysis, social informatics


Farrell, Tracie, Alani, Harith and Mikroyannidis, Alexander(2022). Mediating learning with learning analytics technology: guidelines for practice. Teaching in Higher Education (Early access).

Reyero Lobo, Paula, Daga, Enrico and Alani, Harith(2022). Supporting Online Toxicity Detection with Knowledge Graphs. In: Sixteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 6-9 Jun 2022, Atlanta, Georgia.

Farrell, Tracie, Araque, Oscar,Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith Farrell, Tracie ; Araque, Oscar; Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith On the use of Jargon and Word Embeddings to Explore Subculture within the Reddit’s Manosphere. In: Proceedings: WebSci'20 pp. 221–230.

Burel, Grégoire, Farrell, Tracie and Alani, Harith(2021). Demographics and topics impact on the co-spread of COVID-19 misinformation and fact-checks on Twitter. Information Processing & Management, 58(6), article no. 102732.

Denaux, Ronald,Mensio, Martino, Gomez-Perez, Jose Manuel and Alani, Harith(2021). Weaving a Semantic Web of Credibility Reviews for Explainable Misinformation Detection (Extended Abstract). In: Proceedings of the Thirtieth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Organization.

Piccolo, Lara, Troullinou, Pinelopi and Alani, Harith(2021). Chatbots to Support Children in Coping with Online Threats: Socio-technical Requirements. In: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (DIS ’21), 28 Jun - Jul 2, [Virtual].

Burel, Gregoire, Farrell, Tracie, Mensio, Martino, Khare, Prashant and Alani, Harith(2020). Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-Checking Content during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Social Informatics Conference (SocInfo), LNCS.

Farrell, Tracie, Araque, Oscar,Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith(2020). On the use of Jargon and Word Embeddings to Explore Subculture within the Reddit’s Manosphere. In: WebSci '20: 12th ACM Conference on Web Science, 6-10 Jul 2020, Southampton, UK, pp. 221–230.

Mensio, Martino, Alani, Harith and Willis, Alistair(2020). Towards a Cross-article Narrative Comparison of News. In: Proceedings of the Text2Story’20 Workshop (Campos, Ricardo; Jorge, Alípio; Jatowt, Adam and Bhatia, Sumit eds.), CEUR WS.

Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith(2021). Artificial Intelligence and Online Extremism: Challenges and Opportunities. In: McDaniel, John and Pease, Ken eds. Predictive Policing and Artificial Intelligence. Taylor & Francis, pp. 132–162.