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.
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.
Our research projects examine individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet.
Browse all the faculty publications, including books, articles, reports, working papers, and presentations.
We aggregate over thirty faculty and project blogs, exploring and discussing all aspects of 'life online'.
Despite the speculation about the role massively open online courses (MOOCs) may play in higher education, empirical research that explores the realities of interacting and learning in MOOCs is in its infancy. Rebecca Eynon, PI of an OII project on Conceptualising interaction and learning in MOOCs discusses how her analysis (with Nabeel Gillani, Taha Yasseri, and Isis Hjorth) of nearly 87,000 individuals from one MOOC helps us to understand the ways that learners interact in these settings. Full paper: Gillani, N., Yasseri, T., Eynon, R., and Hjorth, I. (2014) Structural limitations of learning in a crowd – communication vulnerability and information diffusion in MOOCs. Scientific Reports 4.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
New paper out on the sampling bias introduced when collecting social data through public APIs, by Ning Wang (with S.González-Bailón, A.Rivero, J.Borge-Holthoeferd, and Y.Moreno): Assessing the bias in samples of large online networks. Social Networks 38:16-27.