Dr Huw C. Davies

Huw’s research combines social theory with mixed, digital and ethnographic, methods to help critically re-evaluate how we approach young people’s digital literacies.

Email: huw.davies@oii.ox.ac.uk

The Oii and Oxford City Council have collaborated on the Home Access Project to offer disadvantaged young people from the Oxford area laptops and access to the Internet. Huw is currently working with Rebecca Eynon to support these young people as they explore the web’s affordances. The project’s empirical data has some powerful implications for how we address digital inequality in educational contexts.

After his undergrad degree in Sociology, Huw worked in the IT industry. Then, following seven years as a teacher, Huw did his Master’s degree and his PhD in Web Science at the University of Southampton which has given him a technical grounding in the latest web and data technologies. Huw is convenor of the BSA’s Digital Sociology Study Group which seeks to provide a platform for sociologists who are using digital methods and critically examining digital technology’s impact on society. Huw is also on the BSA’s research ethics committee.

Research interests

digital sociology, web science, cultural and social practice theory, digital methods, STS, Bourdieu, Foucault, research ethics, educational inequality, digital inequality, digital literacies

Positions held at the OII

  • Researcher, June 2015 –

Latest blog posts

Current projects

Past projects

  • Child safety on the Internet: looking beyond ICT actors

    Participants: Dr Vicki Nash, Dr Huw Davies

    This project will map the range of non-ICT companies engaging digitally with children and identify areas where their actions might affect a child’s exposure to online risks such as data theft, adverse online experiences or sexual exploitation.

  • Tackling Digital Inequality Amongst Young People: The Home Internet Access Initiative

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Huw C. Davies, Laura Pinkerton

    This participatory research project explores a two year initiative that provides all year 10 students with a laptop and Internet connection if they require one at home in three secondary schools.

  • Transmedia Literacy

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Cristobal Cobo, Dr Huw C. Davies, Laura Pinkerton

    The transliteracy project aims to examine how young people use technology to learn outside formal educational settings.


Conference papers

Journal articles

  • Why education is the only antidote to fake news

    19 February 2018 The New Statesman

    Opinion piece by OII's Dr Huw Davies on how education may be the only way to combat disinformation, and what provisions currently exist in England and Wales

  • Five ways politicians can win over young voters

    25 June 2017 BBC News

    Surveillance, misuse of data, privacy and hacking are all issues that Dr Huw Davies of the Oxford Internet Institute believes young voters of the future will be concerned about.