Grant Blank's work focuses on the social and cultural implications of the Internet and related new communications technology. In addition, he does research methods and statistics, and teaches on the OII social statistics courses.

email: grant.blank@oii.ox.ac.uk

tel: +44 (0)1865 612336

Grant Blank is Survey Research Fellow at OII. He is a sociologist who studies the social and cultural impact of the Internet and other new communication media. He is also interested in cultural sociology, especially reviews and cultural evaluation.

Grant began his career as an independent consultant based in Chicago Illinois specializing in research design, statistical analysis, and database design. He previously taught at American University in Washington DC. He completed his PhD on the sociology of reviews at the University of Chicago in 1999, and joined OII in 2010.

He received the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement award from the Communications, Information Technology and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association on 24 August 2015 at the 110th annual meeting in Chicago.

Areas of Interest for Doctoral Supervision

Digital divides, social networks, social media, trust, privacy, journalism, inequality, political participation, mobile, security

Research interests

social and cultural impact of the Internet and other new media, quantitative analysis, methodology, cultural sociology, sociology of science and technology, artificial intelligence

Positions held at the OII

  • Survey Research Fellow, January 2010 –

Students supervised at the OII

Current students

Past students

  • Dr Bianca Reisdorf
  • Dr Darja Groselj

Latest blog posts

Current projects

  • Me, My Spouse and the Internet: Meeting, Dating and Marriage in the Digital Age

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Nai Li, Dr Grant Blank, Dr Monica Whitty

    The project uses survey data from Australian and UK couples to look at the significance and impact of the Internet on intimate relationships, including how people use ICTs to meet each other and maintain relationships, and how ICTs affect their behaviour.

  • OxIS: Oxford Internet Surveys

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Bianca Reisdorf, Dr Grant Blank, Ulrike Deetjen

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

  • WIP: World Internet Project

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Grant Blank

    The World Internet Project (WIP) carries out panel surveys in over twenty countries to help understand how individuals adopt and use the Internet and other technologies, as well as the resulting social, economic, political and everyday-life implications.

Past projects

  • Geography of Digital Inequality

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Grant Blank, Claudio Calvino

    This project combined OxIS and census data to produce the first detailed geographic estimates of Internet use across the UK.

Chapters

  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2014) "Next generation users: Changing access to the internet" In: The Ubiquitous Internet: User and Industry Perspectives. 11-34.
  • Newman, N., Dutton, W. and Blank, G. (2014) "Social media and the news" In: Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives Graham, M. and Dutton, W. (eds.). 135-148.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W. (2014) "Next generation internet users: digital divides, choices, and ineqaulities" In: Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives Graham, M. and Dutton, W. (eds.). 36-52.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2013) "The Emergence of Next-Generation Internet Users" In: A Companion to New Media Dynamics. 122-141.

Conference papers

Journal articles

Reports

  • Dutton, W., Blank, G. and Groselj, D. (2013) Cultures of the Internet: The Internet in Britain. Oxford Internet Survey 2013. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
  • Dutton, W. and Blank, G. (2011) Next generation users: The Internet in Britain. Oxford Internet Survey 2011. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

Internet publications

  • Blank, G. (2014) No, digital natives are not clueless about protecting their privacy online. The Conversation.
  • Digital Social Research: Statistics Core

    This course introduces students to statistics for the social sciences, with an emphasis on application to research on the Internet and society.

  • Advanced Statistics for Internet Research I: Multiple Regression

    Multiple regression is probably the most commonly used statistical technique in the social sciences. This course emphasizes its application to research on the Internet and society.

  • Advanced Statistics for Internet Research II

    This course covers the interpretation of coefficients and odds ratios, measures of fit, supporting graphics, and diagnostics and corrective techniques for common problems. It aims to give students a wider range of statistical techniques that they can apply in their own research.