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Tomas Borsa

DPhil Student

Tomas Borsa

DPhil Student


Tomas is a Doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, jointly supervised by Professor Gina Neff (OII) and Professor David Zeitlyn (Anthropology). Tomas’ doctoral project investigates the social histories and future imaginaries of the Internet on Haida Gwaii, with a view to better understanding how the coming age of ubiquitous high-speed connectivity may impact upon the social ecologies of rural, remote, and Indigenous communities worldwide. Alongside his research engagements, Tomas works as the Internet Connectivity and Accessibility Programme coordinator for the Council of Haida Nation.

Prior to joining the OII, Tomas received a Double BA (High Honours) in Political Studies and Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MSc (Distinction) in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics, where he was a Sanderson Fellow and received the Best Overall MSc Performance Prize. Outside of academia, Tomas is a documentary filmmaker and photographer whose works have been internationally distributed and exhibited. His research is generously supported by the Clarendon Fund, St Edmund Hall, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and The Gwaii Trust Society.

He helps to run the OII based seminar series OxDEG: Oxford Digital Ethnography Group.


Research Interests

Critical Infrastructure Studies, Digital Ethnography, Indigenous Media, Network Sovereignty, Community Broadband

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, October 2018 -