The OII employs academic research and teaching staff with expertise spanning a wide range of interrelated social, economic, political, legal, industrial, technical and ethical issues of the Internet.

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  •  Professor Helen Margetts

    Professor Helen Margetts

    Director, Professor of Society and the Internet

    Helen Margetts is the Director of the OII. She is a political scientist specialising in e-government and digital era governance and politics. From 2011 to 2014, Helen Margetts is an ESRC Professorial Fellow.

    Email: director@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287207

  •  Professor Luciano Floridi

    Professor Luciano Floridi

    Director of Research, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information

    Luciano Floridi‘s research areas are the philosophy of Information, information and computer ethics, and the philosophy of technology.

    Email: luciano.floridi@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287202

  •  Professor Eric T. Meyer

    Professor Eric T. Meyer

    Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Senior Research Fellow

    Professor Meyer is Senior Research Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies at the OII. His research in the field of social informatics focuses on the changing nature of knowledge creation across the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities as technology is embedded in everyday practices.

    Email: eric.meyer@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287218

  •  Dr Victoria Nash

    Dr Victoria Nash

    Deputy Director, Policy and Research Fellow

    Victoria Nash is the OII's Deputy Director and Policy and Research Fellow. She focuses on linking OII research to policy and practitioner communities.

    Email: victoria.nash@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287231

Research staff

  •  Dr Grant Blank

    Dr Grant Blank

    Survey Research Fellow

    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

  •  Dr Jonathan Bright

    Dr Jonathan Bright

    Research Fellow

    Jonathan Bright is a political scientist specialising in computational and ‘big data’ approaches to the social sciences.

    Email: jonathan.bright@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287233

  •  Professor Ian Brown

    Professor Ian Brown

    Professor of Information Security and Privacy

    Professor Ian Brown is Professor of Information Security and Privacy at the OII. His research is focused on surveillance, privacy-enhancing technologies, and Internet regulation.

    Tel: +44 (0)1865 287213

  •  Josh Cowls

    Josh Cowls

    Research Assistant

    Josh Cowls works on the Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge project, having previously completed an MSc at the OII.

    Email: josh.cowls@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 612777

  •  Dr Stefano De Sabbata

    Dr Stefano De Sabbata


    Stefano De Sabbata's research focuses on Internet and information geographies, as well as on geographic and mobile information retrieval.

    Email: stefano.desabbata@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 612332

  •  Dr Kathryn Eccles

    Dr Kathryn Eccles

    Research Fellow

    Kathryn Eccles has research interests in the impact of new technologies on scholarly behaviour and research, particularly in the Humanities.

    Email: kathryn.eccles@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 612338

  •  Professor Rebecca Eynon

    Professor Rebecca Eynon

    Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor

    Rebecca Eynon's research focuses on learning and the Internet, and the links between digital and social exclusion.

    Email: rebecca.eynon@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287206

  •  Dr Christopher Foster

    Dr Christopher Foster


    Chris Foster's research focus is on technologies and innovation in developing and emerging markets, with a particular interest on how ICTs can support development of low income groups.

    Email: christopher.foster@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 612776

  •  Dr Andrew Graham

    Dr Andrew Graham

    Senior Fellow

    Andrew Graham is the former Master of Balliol College, University of Oxford. He was the driving force in establishing the OII, and its Acting Director until July 2002. From 2001 to 2011 he was the founding Chairman of the OII's Advisory Board.

  •  Professor Mark Graham

    Professor Mark Graham

    Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor

    Mark Graham's research focuses on Internet and information geographies, and the overlaps between ICTs and economic development.

    Email: mark.graham@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287203

  •  Scott A. Hale

    Scott A. Hale

    Data Scientist

    Scott A. Hale is a Data Scientist analysing large-scale data using techniques from computer science and other fields to answer social science questions. He has particular interests in human-computer interaction, collective action, and bilingualism.

    Email: scott.hale@oii.ox.ac.uk

  •  Dr Isis Hjorth

    Dr Isis Hjorth


    Isis is a cultural sociologist focusing on emerging practices associated with networked technologies. She is currently researching microwork and virtual production networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

    Email: isis.hjorth@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 612775

  •  Dr Bernie Hogan

    Dr Bernie Hogan

    Research Fellow

    Bernie Hogan has interests in social networks, human-computer interaction, methodology (eg reliable capture of online networks, and networks in interviews), social informatics, quantitative analysis, everyday life, and social accessibility.

    Email: bernie.hogan@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287198

  •  Dr Vili Lehdonvirta

    Dr Vili Lehdonvirta

    DPhil Programme Director, Research Fellow

    Vili is an economic sociologist who studies the social and economic dimensions of new information technologies around the world. His particular areas of expertise are virtual goods, virtual currencies, and digital labour.

    Email: vili.lehdonvirta@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287214

  •  Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

    Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

    Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the OII's Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy.

    Email: viktor.ms@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287232

  •  Joshua Melville

    Joshua Melville

    Research Assistant

    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.

    Email: joshua.melville@oii.ox.ac.uk

  •  Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Brent Mittelstadt is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the 'Ethics of Biomedical Big Data' project with Prof. Floridi. His research interests include the ethics of information handled by medical ICT, theoretical developments in discourse and virtue ethics, and epistemology of information.

    Email: brent.mittelstadt@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287221

  •  Guy Piers O'Hanlon

    Guy Piers O'Hanlon


    Piers O’Hanlon is a Part-time Researcher for the Being There Project. His work focuses on providing for enhanced consensual privacy for robots and mobile devices. Specifically he is looking at ways in which the link layer interactions may be modified to provide for more privacy.

    Email: piers.ohanlon@oii.ox.ac.uk

  •  Sanna Ojanperä

    Sanna Ojanperä


    Sanna Ojanperä's research focuses on participation in knowledge economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and on the impacts these activities have on the society. More broadly, she is interested in understanding what development is and could be in today’s hyper-connected age.

    Email: sanna.ojanpera@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 612344

  •  Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen

    Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen

    Research Fellow

    Anne-Marie Oostveen has interests in social informatics, privacy aspects in relation to ICT, online activism, user participation as a practical form for (computer) system design, social aspects of e-government, e-democracy and electronic voting.

    Email: anne-marie.oostveen@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287208

  •  Dr Andrew Przybylski

    Dr Andrew Przybylski

    Research Fellow

    Andrew Przybylski applies psychological models and motivational theory to study how people interact with virtual environments including video games and social media.

    Email: andy.przybylski@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287230

  •  Professor Ralph Schroeder

    Professor Ralph Schroeder

    MSc Programme Director, Senior Research Fellow

    Ralph Schroeder has interests in virtual environments, social aspects of e-Science, sociology of science and technology, and has written extensively about virtual reality technology. His current research is mainly related to e-science.

    Email: ralph.schroeder@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287224

  •  Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

    Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo


    Mariarosaria Taddeo's main research areas are information and computer ethics, philosophy of information, philosophy of technology, ethics of cyber-conflict and cyber-security, and applied ethics.

    Email: mariarosaria.taddeo@oii.ox.ac.uk

  •  Dr Greg Taylor

    Dr Greg Taylor

    Research Fellow

    Greg's research focuses on the microeconomics of marketplaces that exist on, or are mediated by the Internet.

    Email: greg.taylor@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287201

  •  Dr Ning Wang

    Dr Ning Wang


    Ning Wang holds a joint position between the OII and Oxford's Mathematical Institute. His work involves in the collection and analysis of a big dataset tracking patterns of communication in online social networks.

    Email: ning.wang@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 612777

  •  Dr Joss Wright

    Dr Joss Wright

    Research Fellow

    Joss Wright's research interests lie in cryptography, privacy-enhancing technologies and anonymous communications. His current research focuses on analysing Internet censorship, and data anonymization.

    Email: joss.wright@oii.ox.ac.uk

  •  Dr Taha Yasseri

    Dr Taha Yasseri

    Research Fellow in Computational Social Science

    Taha Yasseri has interests in analysis of Big Data to understand human dynamics, government-society interactions, mass collaboration, and opinion dynamics.

    Email: taha.yasseri@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 287229

  •  Ben Zevenbergen

    Ben Zevenbergen

    Research Assistant

    Ben is an OII DPhil student and Research Assistant working on the EU Internet Science project.

    Email: bendert.zevenbergen@oii.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1865 612339