Bianca Reisdorf is a doctoral student at the OII. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology (2008) from Bielefeld University, Germany. Her doctorate investigates Internet non-use among middle-aged Britons and Swedes. She worked as a research assistant on the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) from 2008 until 2011.

As a Sociologist, Bianca’s specific focus within the field lay on media sociology and particularly new media, social inequality, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and cross-country comparison. On the basis of a mixed methods approach her dissertation examines macro- and micro-level factors influencing Internet non-use, as well as attitudes, perceptions and everyday lives of British and Swedish non-users aged 25 to 55.

The Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) and the OII’s affiliation with the World Internet Project (WIP) as well as the expertise offered by the faculty give her a perfect research environment to pursue her doctoral studies.

Research interests

digital divides, digital inequalities, social inequalities, social structures and stratification, cross-national comparison

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil Alumna, October 2012 –
  • DPhil student, October 2008 – October 2012
  • Part-time Research Assistant, September 2008 – September 2011

Supervisors at the OII


Past projects

  • OxIS: Oxford Internet Surveys

    Participants: Grant Blank

    Research on access, use and attitudes to the Internet in Britain based on biennial surveys covering (for example) digital and social inclusion and exclusion, mobile use, social media, safety and privacy concerns, Internet regulation, and behaviour.

  • Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Dr Bianca Reisdorf

    By using interviews and focus groups this project will focus on how people living and working in rural areas are affected by the unavailability of adequate Internet connections.