Nicole (Yung) Au is a student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences.

Nicole/Yung Au is a doctoral candidate and researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research explores internet infrastructures that are intertwined with instances of non-state governance. She is particularly interested in areas with steep technological growth but lower state involvement, where governance may occur in seemingly unexpected places and in forms that are not immediately recognisable. Her DPhil is generously funded by the Clarendon Scholarship, St Antony’s Warden’s Scholarship, and the Rotary Global Scholar Fund.


Research Interests

Internet infrastructures, non-state governance, infrastructure studies, territory, technological growth, subversive technology, areas of limited statehood

Supervisor at OII

Philip Howard