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Professor Rebecca Eynon

Professor of Education, the Internet and Society

Professor
Rebecca Eynon

Professor of Education, the Internet and Society

About

Rebecca Eynon holds a joint academic post between the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. Her research explores the relationships between education, the Internet and inequalities.

Her work has been supported by a range of funders including the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and Google. She was co-editor of Learning, Media and Technology from 2011-2021. She is currently on the editorial board for Learning, Media and Technology and Information and Learning Sciences.

Rebecca teaches on the MSc Social Science of the Internet at the OII and on the MSc Education (Digital and Social Change) at the Department of Education. At both departments, she supervises DPhil students interested in digital education and social justice.

Areas of Interest for Doctoral Supervision

AI, digital divides, education, inequality, ethics, learning, skills, social justice and youth.

Please note that Rebecca is not accepting DPhil students for the 2023 / 24 academic year.

Research Interests

Sociology of education, digital education, everyday life and learning with the Internet, digital and social exclusion, the political economy of EdTech, the role of computational social science in education research

Positions at the OII

  • Professor of Education, the Internet and Society, October 2020 -
  • Associate Professor, May 2014 - October 2020
  • Senior Research Fellow, January 2014 - October 2020
  • Research Fellow, January 2005 - December 2013

Research

Integrity Statement

In the past five years my work has been financially supported by UK taxpayers, the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, the John Fell Fund, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, Google, the Australian Research Council, the European Commission and Ferrero. As part of my communication and policy outreach, I have served in a paid advisory capacity to the Good Things Foundation and the Robertson Foundation and in an unpaid capacity to the RSA, the Digital Access for All Taskforce, and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. I am currently a steering committee member of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Digital Transformation Research Programme, and a member of the Educational and Public Engagement Advisory Committee for the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland. I conduct my research in line with the University’s academic integrity code of practice.

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Teaching

Past Students

Current Courses

Education, the Internet and Society

ICTs have the potential to transform how, what and where people learn, and challenges existing ideas of what the purpose and nature of formal education is and what the future of education should be.

Digital Interviewing

This course encourages students to develop a critical stance to research practices. Alongside conceptual and theoretical discussions, students will obtain hand­s-on practice gathering qualitative data, particularly using digital methods.