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'.
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).
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.
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.
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.