Dr Grant Blank

 Dr Grant Blank

Grant Blank's work focuses on the social and cultural implications of the Internet and related new communications technology. In addition, he does research methods and statistics, and teaches on the OII social statistics courses.

Email: grant.blank@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 612336

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Grant Blank is Survey Research Fellow at OII. He is a sociologist who studies the social and cultural impact of the Internet and other new communication media. He is also interested in cultural sociology, especially reviews and cultural evaluation.

Grant began his career as an independent consultant based in Chicago Illinois specializing in research design, statistical analysis, and database design. He previously taught at American University in Washington DC. He completed his PhD on the sociology of reviews at the University of Chicago in 1999, and joined OII in 2010.

Research interests

social and cultural impact of the Internet and other new media, quantitative analysis, methodology, cultural sociology, sociology of science and technology, artificial intelligence

Positions held at the OII

  • Survey Research Fellow, January 2010 -

Research

Current projects

  • Geography of Digital Inequality

    January 2014 -

    This project combines OxIS and census data to produce the first detailed geographic estimates of Internet use across the UK.

  • Me, My Spouse and the Internet: Meeting, Dating and Marriage in the Digital Age

    January 2008 -

    The project uses survey data from Australian and UK couples to look at the significance and impact of the Internet on intimate relationships, including how people use ICTs to meet each other and maintain relationships, and how ICTs affect their behaviour.

  • OxIS: Oxford Internet Surveys

    January 2003 -

    Research on access, use and attitudes to the Internet in Britain based on biennial surveys covering (for example) digital and social inclusion and exclusion, social networking, safety and privacy concerns, Internet regulation, and behaviour.

  • WIP: World Internet Project

    January 2003 -

    The World Internet Project (WIP) carries out panel surveys in over twenty countries to help understand how individuals adopt and use the Internet and other technologies, as well as the resulting social, economic, political and everyday-life implications.

Publications

Articles

Books

  • Fielding, N., Lee, R.M. and Blank, G. (eds) (2008) Handbook of Online Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Blank, G. (2007) Critics, Ratings, and Society: The Sociology of Reviews. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Wilkinson, L., Blank, G. and Gruber, C.P. (1996) Desktop Data Analysis with SYSTAT. New York, NY: Prentice Hall.
  • Blank, G., McCartney, J.L. and Brent, E. (eds) (1989) New Technology in Sociology: Practical Applications in Research and Work. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.
  • Ginsburg, N., Osborn, J. and Blank, G. (1986) Geographical Perspectives on the Wealth of Nations. University of Chicago. Department of Geography. Research monograph #220.

Chapters

  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2014) Next Generation Users: Changing access to the Internet. In Stine Lomborg and Anja Bechmann (eds) The Ubiquitous Internet. Routledge.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2014) Next Generation Internet Users: Digital divides, choices, and inequalities. In Mark Graham and William H. Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Newman, N., Dutton, W.H. and Blank, G. (2014) Social media and the news. In Mark Graham and William H. Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2013) Next Generation Internet Users: Digital divides, choices, and inequalities. In M. Graham and W.H. Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Newman, N., Dutton, W.H. and Blank, G. (2013) Social media and the news. In M. Graham and W.H. Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2012) The Emergence of Next Generation Internet Users. In J.Hartley, J.Burgess and A.Bruns (eds) The Blackwell Companion to New Media Dynamics. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Lee, R.M., Fielding, N. and Blank, G. (2008) The Internet as a research medium. In: Fielding, N., Lee, R.M. and Blank, G. (eds) Handbook of Online Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 3-20.
  • Blank, G. (2008) Online research methods and social theory. In: Fielding, N., Lee, R.M. and Blank, G. (eds) Handbook of Online Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 537-549.
  • Blank, G. (2007) Food and Cultural Consumption. In: Ritzer, G. (ed.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. New York, NY: Blackwell, pp. 721-724.

Conference papers

Presentations

  • Blank, G. (2011) The Internet in Britain 2011. Prime Minister's Digital Policy Group. 10 Downing Street, London. December 8, 2011.
  • Blank, G. (2010) Toward a Systematic Theory of Consumer Choice and the Internet. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Atlanta, GA. August 16, 2010. ESA RN02 Sociology of the Arts Conference. September 2, 2010.
  • Blank, G. and Spalter-Roth, R. (2008) Satisfaction with Doing Science: Convergence or a Two-Tier System? Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Boston, MA. August 4, 2008.
  • Blank, G. (2008) Why do Audiences read Reviews? Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Boston, MA August 1, 2008.
  • Blank, G. (2007) Online Research Methods and Social Theory. ESRC e-Society Programme Colloquium. Royal Society, London, UK. March 29, 2007.
  • Blank, G. (2006) Status and the Sociology of Choice. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Montreal, Canada. August 13, 2006.
  • Blank, G. and Coats-Crowson, J. (2005) Measuring Cultural Values in National Development. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Philadelphia PA. August 2005.
  • Blank, G. (2005) Worldwide Data Documentation Standards and the Future of Social Science Research. Annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Washington DC. March 18, 2005.
  • Blank, G. (2004) Toward a Sociological Theory of Choice. Annual meeting to the American Sociological Association. San Francisco CA. August 14, 2004.
  • Blank, G. and Holland, M.E. (2004) Perceived Effects of Popular Culture and Censorship of Youth. Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. San Francisco CA. August 2004.
  • Blank, G. (2004) A Sociology of Choice. Annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. Washington DC. July 9, 2004.
  • Blank, G. (2002) The Internet and the Entertainment Industry: A Cultural Analysis. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Chicago IL. August 18, 2002.
  • Blank, G. (2000) Internet Data Sources for Teaching Globalization. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Washington, DC. August 15, 2000.
  • Blank, G. (1999) The Nature and Types of Reviews: A Study of a Social Institution. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Chicago. August 10, 1999.
  • Blank, G. (1998) 'Their Power is in the Stars': Reviews, Audience Involvement, and Cultural Hierarchies. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. San Francisco. August 24, 1998.
  • Blank, G. (1997) Social Science Computing Beyond HTML. Keynote speech for Conference on Computing for the Social Sciences. Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA. June 26, 1997.
  • Blank, G. (1996) The Data Documentation Initiative: Building an International Standard. Annual meeting of the Association of Public Data Users. Washington, DC. October 29, 1996.
  • Blank, G. (1996) Statistical Graphics for Sociologists. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York, NY. August 19, 1996.
  • Blank, G. (1995) Research, Text, and Computing: Retrieving and Organizing your Words. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Washington, DC. August 21, 1995.
  • Blank, G. (1994) The Science of Software Reviews. Conference on Computing for the Social Sciences. College Park, MD. June 3, 1994.
  • Blank, G. (1992) Expressing Social Theories with Rule-Based Expert Systems. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Pittsburgh, PA. August 24, 1992.
  • Blank, G. (1991) Models of Sociological Theory. World Congress of Expert Systems. Orlando, FL. December 19, 1991.

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