See our past projects

  • OXLab: Oxford eXperimental Laboratory

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Nir Vulkan, Dr Scott A. Hale, Ingrid Boxall, Professor Peter John, Lucy Bartlett

    Oxford eXperimental Laboratory is undertaking laboratory-based experiments (eg information-seeking tasks) on networked computers in two disciplines: Economics (interactive decision making) and Political Science (evaluating government information online).

  • PETRAS: Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

    The PETRAS IoT Research Hub is a consortium of 9 UK universities working together to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

  • Political Communication, AI and Data Diversity in the US

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This project investigates contemporary trends in political communication, political polarization, artificial intelligence, and data diversity in the United States.

  • Real world outcomes across the Alzheimer’s Disease spectrum for better care: Multi-modal data access platform (ROADMAP)

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Andrew Turner, Dr Jenny Krutzinna

    ROADMAP aims to create the conditions for an open collaboration among stakeholders that yields consensual and efficient uses of real world evidence for the benefit of Alzheimer's Disease patients and their caregivers.

  • Restoring Trust in Social Media Civic Engagement

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Mimie Liotsiou

    This Proof of Concept project will allow researchers to produce an online tool that allows the public to evaluate suspicious social media accounts.

  • SciShops: Enhancing the Responsible and Sustainable Expansion of the Science Shops Ecosystem in Europe

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder

    This project aims to expand and build upon the Science Shop ecosystem that currently exists in Europe and beyond.

  • Skills formation and skills matching in online platform work: Practices and policies for promoting crowdworkers’ continuous learning (CrowdLearn)

    Participants: Professor Vili Lenhdonvirta, Professor Anoush Margaryan, Dr Isis Hjorth, Dr Huw C. Davies, Laura Pinkerton

    Despite the rapid growth of online platform labour, little is known about how crowdworkers acquire and develop their skills. This project seeks to address this important gap in our knowledge.

  • Strengthening Digital Democracy

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This programme supports research into the use of computational propaganda in developing democracies, our management of strategic relations with industry, government and civil society stakeholders, and capacity transfer to civil society groups.

  • The “Offensive Internet”? Examining Cultures of Hate and Prejudice Online

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Vicki Nash, Lucas Wright

    This project examines the cultures of offensive speech online. It aims to learn about how offensive material is created, about the actors who produce and disseminate it, and the ways in which it is challenged.

  • The Internet’s Effects on Economic Opportunities in Rural Areas: the Case of Online Labour Markets

    Participants: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Dr Otto Kässi, Dr Fabian Braesemann

    This project tracks where digitally transacted work takes place, and compares this data to city- and state-level labour market statistics in order to test whether geographical working patterns differ between online and traditional labour markets.

  • The Online Manufacture of Climate Change Denial

    Participants: Cohen R. Simpson

    Using administrative and digital trace data, alongside new methods for network and text analysis, this project aims to uncover how think tanks garner attention around their contrarian climate change discourse on social media.

  • TRANSNET: Forecasting and understanding transport network resilience and anomalies

    Participants: Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Graham McNeill, Chico Camargo

    This project seeks to utilise newly available data to help urban policy makers improve transport infrastructure to cope with growing and increasingly mobile populations.

  • Turing Institute

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    We are a contributing department to the Alan Turing Institute (ATI), which will place the UK at the forefront of world-wide research in data science.

  • Understanding the potential of AI in lifelong learning: A critical perspective

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Huw Davies

    This project seeks to discover the potential of artificial intelligence to personalise informal learning opportunities for adults across the life course.

  • 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.

  • VOX-Pol Network of Excellence

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Bharath Ganesh

    The VOX-Pol research project is designed to comprehensively research, analyse, debate, and critique issues surrounding violent online political extremism (VOPE).

  • Wikichains: Encouraging Transparency in Commodity Chains

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Kunika Kono, Dr Steve New, Joe Shaw

    Wikichains is a website that aims to encourage ethical consumption and transparency in commodity chains, by encouraging Internet users from around the world to upload text, images, sounds, and videos of any node on any commodity chain.

  • Wikipedia’s Networks and Geographies: Representation and Power in Peer-Produced Content

    Participants: Dr Han-Teng Liao, Dr Bernie Hogan, Professor Mark Graham, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Heather Ford

    This project brings together OII research fellows and doctoral students to shed light on the incorporation of new users and information into the Wikipedia community.

  • WIP: World Internet Project

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Grant Blank

    The World Internet Project (WIP) carries out panel surveys in over twenty countries to help understand how individuals adopt and use the Internet and other technologies, as well as the resulting social, economic, political and everyday-life implications.