Andrew Graham is the former Master of Balliol College, University of Oxford. He was the driving force in establishing the OII and was the Acting Director of the Oxford Internet Institute until July 2002. From 2001 to 2011 he was the founding Chairman of the Advisory Board of the OII.

As well as being a Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Balliol for many years, Andrew was Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister (1967-1969), Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister (1974-1976) and, from 1988 to 1994, Economic Adviser to John Smith, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Leader of the Labour Party. He has also advised the Governments of Australia, Ethiopia and Zambia.

Following John Smith’s death in 1994, Andrew took up a Visiting Fellowship at MIT and began research on the Information Superhighway, as it was then known. From 1995 to 1998 he led an Economic and Social Research Council project on ‘The Information Superhighway: Market Structure, Access and Citizenship’.

In 1997, in conjunction with Gavyn Davies, he wrote Broadcasting, Society and Policy in the Multimedia Age, much of which has become part of the standard defence of public service broadcasting. He has been a Consultant to the BBC (1989-1992) and a Member of the Board of Channel Four Television Ltd (1998-2005) and a trustee of the Scott Trust (2005-2016). He is currently a Trustee of Reprieve and Executive Chair of the Europaeum, a network of seventeen of Europe’s leading universities, where he has created a new Europaeum Scholarship Programme.

Positions held at the OII

  • Senior Fellow, October 2011 –
  • Acting Director, May 2001- July 2002
  • Founder, May 2001 –
  • Advisory Board Member, September 2002 – November 2012


  • The Oxford Internet Institute @ 20

    Recorded: 5 May 2021

    Duration: 00:00:00

    A panel discussion, with OII Directors past and present, reflecting on what the OII has achieved in the last 20 years, and how it hopes to address current and future technology challenges going forward.

  • A Decade in Internet Time: Andrew Graham

    Recorded: 22 September 2011

    Duration: 00:13:12

    Andrew Graham's keynote at the plenary session "A Decade in Internet Time" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Oxford Internet Institute.