Research

OII Research

OII research focuses on individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the internet. Now that digital connections are embedded in almost every aspect of everyday life, such research is crucial to understand the social, economic and political world.

Our Research

We are a social science department of the University of Oxford with a multi-disciplinary faculty from political science, sociology, law, geography, economics, communications, computer science, anthropology, physics, informatics, history and development. OII researchers use a diverse methodological toolkit, and develop cutting edge methods to understand digital life, such as experiments, social network analysis and big data approaches.

Our work stimulates and informs debate on internet-related issues. It is used by policy-makers around the world to shape policy and practice around the reinvention and use of the internet.

  • Projects

    Our research projects examine individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet.

  • Publications

    Browse all the faculty publications, including books, articles, reports, working papers, and presentations.

  • Blogs

    We aggregate over thirty faculty and project blogs, exploring and discussing all aspects of 'life online'.

Publication

Ashby Prize for Mark Graham

Mark Graham's article with M.Zook: Augmented realities and uneven geographies: exploring the geolinguistic contours of the web, in Environment and Planning A, has won the Ashby Prize. Read Mark's acceptance piece.

New project

Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

We are investigating the ethical aspects and requirements of biomedical big data to develop a European framework for the ethical use of big data in biomedical research. Researchers: Luciano Floridi, Brent Mittelstadt.

Publication

MOOC Interaction Networks

New article published in Scientific Reports: N.Gillani, T.Yasseri, R.Eynon and I.Hjorth (2014) Structural limitations of learning in a crowd: communication vulnerability and information diffusion in MOOCs. More on the MOOCs project.

Publication

Measuring Digital Skills

New report on measures and models of Internet use: A.J.A.M. van Deursen, E.J.Helsper and R.Eynon (2014) Measuring Digital Skills: From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes (PDF, 2MB). More on the research project.

New project

Big Data and Dementia

An OECD-commissioned project at the OII on Big Data for Advancing Dementia Research will evaluate current (best) practices of data sharing in research on neurodegenerative diseases. Team: E.Meyer, R.Schroeder and U.Rauer.

Publication

Children and video games

A new study suggests video game-playing for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children and teenagers. Andrew Przybylski's study: Electronic Gaming and Psychosocial Adjustment is published in Pediatrics.

Publication

Search Engine Bias

What are the effects of integration between a search engine and a publisher? New article by Greg Taylor and A. de Cornière: Integration and Search Engine Bias. RAND Journal of Economics 45 (3) 576-597.

Publication

Children and Online Risk

New article by V.Slavtcheva-Petkova, Vicki Nash, and M.Bulger: Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks: implications for policy and research (Information, Communication & Society).

Publication

Society and the Internet: New Book by Graham, Dutton (eds)

How is society being shaped by the Internet? Society and the Internet (OUP) presents leading research addressing some of the most significant questions in the burgeoning field of Internet Studies.

Publication

New Book by Luciano Floridi: "The Fourth Revolution"

Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi's new book on how the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP) argues that developments in ICT are changing the answer to these fundamental questions.

Publication

Attitudes to Internet Trust

The new report 'The Internet Trust Bubble: Global Values, Beliefs and Practices' by W.Dutton et al. for the World Economic Forum explores global attitudes towards trust and the Internet. Read more about it Bill's blog.

Publication

Virtual Goods and Economies

How can we create and analyze economies based on artificially scarce virtual goods? Just out from MIT Press is Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis by V.Lehdonvirta and E.Castronova.