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

  • 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.

  • Transmedia Literacy

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

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

  • Using graph databases to conceptualise social class: a proof of concept study

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Huw C. Davies

    This study will critically examine the value of graph databases for the social sciences through a focus on social class.

Past projects


Conference papers

Journal articles

  • 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.