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'.


New Report: Measuring Outcomes of Internet Use

How does Internet use translate into objective measurable outcomes in everyday life? Read the final report from the Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes project (Helsper, Van Deursen, Eynon).

New project

New Project: GeoNet

The GeoNet project is investigating geographies of knowledge, labour, and innovation hubs to understand how changing connectivity is affecting Sub-Saharan Africa's emerging information economies. Follow: @GeonetProject.


Brokerage in Social Networks

New paper from Ning Wang (with S.González-Bailón and J.Borge-Holthoefer): The emergence of roles in large-scale networks of communication. EPJ Data Science 3:32 (open access).


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.