Joshua Melville

 Joshua Melville

Joshua Melville is a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute. He is interested in several broad themes. Among them: modernity, identity, methodology, social structure, and visual representation.


He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester, where he wrote about profile construction as identity work in the context of early social media sites.

He went on to complete an MSc in Sociological Research. His thesis, under Professor Martin Everett, explored the relationship between personal networks derived from ‘technologically mediated’ ties and close personal relationships.

At the Oxford Internet Institute he works with Dr. Bernie Hogan on the role that personal networks play in the decision making processes essential to the functioning of personalised social care.

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2011 -
  • Research Assistant, October 2011 -


Current projects

  • Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour

    December 2012 -

    This project maps and measures the geographies of information on the Internet.

  • College Connect

    September 2012 -

    College Connect is webpage that visualizes social networks automatically from Facebook and puts them to work for the user. The target market of the application is prospective college students as well as those just entering college or university.

  • Wikichains: Encouraging Transparency in Commodity Chains

    January 2010 -

    Wikichains is a website that aims to encourage ethical consumption and transparency in commodity chains, by encouraging Internet users from around the world to upload text, images, sounds, and videos of any node on any commodity chain.

Past projects


Melville, J. (forthcoming) Personal Networks and Care Plan Outcomes: Considering Structural Vulnerability. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.