The mystery of life begins with the intricate web of interactions, integrating the millions of molecules within each organism. The enigma of the society starts with the convoluted structure of the social network.



Oxford Internet Institute
Kellogg College



Network science
Behavioural science
Sociology of the Internet
Digital strategy



University of Oxford
Harvard University
London School of Economics


Vyacheslav 'Slava' Polonski (@slavacm) studies complex social networks, human dynamics and technology adoption. His research at the Oxford Internet Institute is located at the intersection of behavioural science, sociology, big data and social network analysis.

Vyacheslav has previously studied at Harvard University, University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently working towards a DPhil/PhD in Computational Social Science at the Oxford Internet Institute. His doctoral research received the inaugural Kellogg College Community Engagement and Academic Merit Award this year. In 2013, he was awarded the Master of Science (MSc) degree with Distinction in the Social Sciences of the Internet from Oxford University. He also obtained the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with Distinction in Managerial Economics and Strategy from LSE in 2012. He has been a Stelios Scholar and received multiple awards from the British ESRC, as well as the German Studienstiftung and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

In 2011, the British Council named Vyacheslav one of the UK’s most distinguished “International Students of the Year”, and in 2012, he won the “Future Business Leader of the Year” award at the national “Student of the Year” competition by TARGETjobs. In 2016, Real Leaders Magazine featured him as one of 100 Visionary Leaders Under 30 alongside the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

In 2015, he was a teaching fellow for the graduate course "Social Dynamics of the Internet" at the Oxford Internet Institute. He contributed to several academic research projects that were funded by Google and the European Union, and presented his research at prestigious conferences around the world, e.g. in Toronto, London and Helsinki. 

Prior to his academic career, Vyacheslav was a management consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and worked on digital strategy with Mars and Bertelsmann. In addition to that, he was involved in several start-ups as part of the 2012 cohort of Entrepreneur First with his co-founder Alex Loizou, who was recently selected for the European Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Technology. Vyacheslav was the first employee of Hello Fresh in the UK. After opening the London office of Rocket Internet, he contributed to dramatically scaling Hello Fresh's operations and diversifying its product offerings while maintaining its culture of innovation.

Vyacheslav is actively involved in the World Economic Forum and its New Champions communities. He was named a Global Shaper by the Forum and elected to serve as Curator of the Oxford Hub. Under his leadership, the Hub hosted events with world leaders, most recently with Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet/Google. In 2015, he was a panellist at the Forum's "Annual Meeting of the New Champions" in China. In 2016, he was part of the Forum's "Britain in the World" meeting with PM David Cameron and 10 cabinet ministers to discuss the future role of the UK in Europe. In 2016, the World Economic Forum selected him for its premier Expert Network in the Behavioural Sciences, Science and Technology and he will be attending the next WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2018.

His research and commentary have been featured in the media, including in the New York Times, Bloomberg, BBC, Newsweek, Tagesspiegel, Forbes, Fortune, Euronews, BerlingskeVoice of America and TechCrunch.