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 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.


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.


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.


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.