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The SDP tutors are drawn from the OII’s own faculty, with additional guest seminars by visiting faculty. In order to provide useful advice for managing dissertation research, we select tutors applying a wide range of disciplinary and methodological approaches and encourage our speakers to offer frank insights into how they have faced and overcome challenges in their own projects.

  • Professor Victoria Nash

    Deputy Director, Associate Professor, and Senior Policy Fellow

    Victoria Nash is the OII's Deputy Director and Senior Policy Fellow. Her research focuses on the opportunities and risks experienced by children using digital technologies; she also leads OII engagement on Internet regulation and digital policy issues.

  • Professor Sandra Wachter

    Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow

    Professor Sandra Wachter is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Law and Ethics of AI, Big Data, and robotics as well as Internet Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.

  • Dr Joss Wright

    Senior Research Fellow

    Joss Wright's research interests lie in cryptography, privacy-enhancing technologies and anonymous communications. His current research focuses on analysing Internet censorship, and data anonymization.

  • Professor Mark Graham

    Professor of Internet Geography

    Mark Graham is an economic geographer with an interest in how digital technologies and digitally-mediated practices effect economic and social inequalities. His research focuses on economic development, labour, power, participation, and representation.

  • Dr Bernie Hogan

    Senior Research Fellow

    Bernie Hogan examines how to capture, represent and think about social networks, especially personal social networks. His work focuses on the role of design in social media, network capture techniques and theories of relationships.

  • Professor Gina Neff

    Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow

    Professor Neff is a sociologist who studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact work. She has studied digital change in the media, health care, and construction industries.

  • Dr Cohen R. Simpson

    Research Fellow & British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

    Cohen is a sociologist specialising in the quantitative study of human social networks. He has a particular interest in socioecology and network formation.

  • Professor Eric T. Meyer

    Senior Fellow

    Eric T. Meyer is a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute. His research looks at the changing nature of knowledge creation in science, medicine, social science, arts, and humanities as technology is embedded in everyday practices.

  • Dr Kathryn Eccles

    Research Fellow

    Kathryn Eccles has research interests in the impact of new technologies on Humanities scholarship, and the re-organisation of cultural heritage and higher education in the digital world.

  • Dr Jonathan Bright

    Senior Research Fellow

    Jonathan Bright is a political scientist specialising in computational and ‘big data’ approaches to the social sciences.

  • Professor Andrew Przybylski

    Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research

    Professor Przybylski is an experimental psychologist and Director of Research at the OII. His work is mainly concerned with applying psychological models of motivation and health to study how people interact with virtual environments.

  • Professor Philip Howard

    Director, Professor of Internet Studies

    Philip N. Howard is the Director of the OII. He is a professor of sociology, information and international affairs. He is the author, most recently, of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.

  • Professor Rebecca Eynon

    Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor

    Rebecca Eynon's research focuses on learning and the Internet, and the links between digital and social exclusion.

  • Professor Ralph Schroeder

    Programme Director of the MSc in Social Science of the Internet

    Ralph Schroeder has interests in virtual environments, social aspects of e-Science, sociology of science and tech, and has written extensively about virtual reality technology. His current research is related to digital media and right-wing populism.

  • Tim Highfield

    Assistant Professor in New Media, University of Amsterdam


    Tim's research explores social and digital media, from perspectives including popular culture, politics, news and journalism, irreverence, and fandom.

Past tutors

PRE-2015

  • Hal Abelson (2008), MIT
  • Rob Ackland (2009), Australian National University (ANU)
  • Richard Allan (2003, 2004), Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam
  • Matthew Allen (2009), Head of Department of Internet Studies, Curtin University of Technology
  • Ben Anderson (2003, 2004), Chimera, University of Essex
  • Monica Arino (2010), Ofcom
  • Caroline Bassett (2014), University of Sussex
  • Nancy Baym (2009), University of Kansas
  • Tim Berners-Lee (2008), MIT; University of Southampton
  • Michael Best (2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Peter Birmingham (2004), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Grant Blank (2010-2011, 2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Jeff Boase (2013), Ryerson University
  • Martin Boyle (2010)
  • Jonathan Bright (2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Ian Brown (2010-2011), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Axel Bruns (2009), Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
  • Monica Bulger (2010-2011), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Jean Burgess (2009), ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT
  • Les Carr (2008), University of Southampton
  • Manuel Castells (2006), Open University of Catalonia
  • Andrew Chadwick (2004), University of London
  • Pauline Hope Cheong (2005), State University of New York
  • Jaz Choi (2012)
  • Andrew Clement (2013), iSchool, University of Toronto
  • John Clippinger (2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Cristobal Cobo (2011), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Kris Cohen (2004), INCITE, Dept of Sociology
  • Jeffrey Cole (2005), Director, The Anderson School at UCLA
  • Stephen Coleman (2003, 2004, 2006, 2011), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford; Institute of
  • Communications Studies, University of Leeds
  • Toby Coppel (2010)
  • Kate Crawford (2009), Journalism and Media Research Centre
  • Masashi Crete-Nishihata (2013), University of Toronto
  • Barbara Crow (2013), York University
  • Stuart Cunningham (2009), Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
  • Paul David (2003, 2004, 2006), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Chris Davies (2004), Dept of Educational Studies, University of Oxford
  • Peter Davies (2003, 2004),
  • David de Roure (2008), University of Southampton
  • Ron Deibert (2013), University of Toronto
  • Corinna di Gennaro (2006), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Judith Donath (2007), MIT Media Lab; Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • William Dutton (2003-2008, 2010-2012), Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Kathryn Eccles (2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Greg Elmer (2013), Ryerson University
  • Rebecca Eynon (2004, 2006, 2009-2012, 2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Kristin R. Eschenfelder (2014), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Rob Faris (2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Peter Ferdinand (2003, 2004), Director, Centre for Democratisation, Warwick
  • Terry Fisher (2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Brian Fitzgerald (2005, 2007, 2009), Head, QUT School of Law
  • Luciano Floridi (2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Marcus Foth (2007, 2009), QUT
  • Jenny Fry (2006), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Urs Gasser (2004, 2006, 2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Dan Gillmor (2007), Founder, Center for Citizen Media; Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Mark Graham (2010-2012, 2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Graham Greenleaf (2011)
  • Sara Grimes (2013), iSchool, University of Toronto
  • Gerard Goggin (2009), Journalism and Media Research Centre, University of New South Wales
  • Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon (2010-2012), Oxford Internet Institute, University of OxfordWojiech Gryc (2013), Chief
  • Executive Officer, Canopy Labs
  • Paul Guild (2010), University of Waterloo
  • Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (2009), Dept of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
  • Bernie Hogan (2013-2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Larissa Hjorth (2009), Games & Digital Art Programs, RMIT University
  • Nick Jankowski (2004),
  • Paul Jeffreys (2004), Director, Oxford University Computing Services
  • Norman Lewis (2004), Director of Technology Research, Freeserve
  • Nai Li (2010) Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Leslie Haddon (2006), London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Wendy Hall (2008), University of Southampton
  • Zaid Hamzah (2006), Microsoft
  • John Hartley (2005, 2009), Dean, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Richard Heeks (2006), Institute for Development Policy and Management, Univ. Manchester
  • James Hendler (2008), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  • Paul Henman (2012), University of Queensland
  • Bernie Hogan (2009-2011, 2013), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Jeremy Hunsinger (2009, 2011-2012), Wilfrid Laurier University; Virginia Tech
  • Ang Peng Hwa (2005), Vice Dean, Nanyang Technological University
  • Lewis Hyde (2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Patrick Keilty (2013), iSchool, University of Toronto
  • Randolph Kluver (2005), Nanyang Technological University
  • Kris Kohen (2003), INCITE, University of Surrey
  • Nimrod Koslowski (2004)
  • Aleks Krotoski (2012)
  • Karim Lakhani (2007), Harvard Business School; Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Patrick Larvie (2010)
  • Guo Liang (2005), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Sonia Livingstone (2010), London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Colin Maclay (2007), Managing Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Chris Mann (2003, 2004), Cambridge University
  • Robin Mansell (2003-2005), London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Helen Margetts (2004, 2006-2007, 2010-2011), Director, OII, University of Oxford
  • Chris Marsden (2004)
  • Rhonda McEwen (2013), ICCIT and iSchool, University of Toronto
  • Eric T. Meyer (2010, 2011-2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Catherine Middleton (2013), Ryerson University
  • Lisa Nakamura (2010-2011), University of Illinois
  • Victoria Nash (2004-2005, 2012-2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Ted Nelson (2006), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Charles Nesson (2005), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Nic Newman (2011)
  • Stuart Nielson-March (2004)
  • Jason Nolan (2013), Ryerson University
  • John Palfrey (2003, 2004, 2006-2007), Executive Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law
  • School
  • Nick Penston (2004), Business Development Manager, Cisco
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2005, 2009), School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Anabel Quan-Haase (2013), University of Western Ontario
  • Sebastian Rahtz (2004), Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS)
  • Jens Riegelsberger (2010), Google
  • Richard Rose (2003, 2004), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Seamus Ross (2006, 2013), HATII, University of Glasgow
  • Christian Sandvig (2003-2004, 2010-2011), University of Illinois
  • Ralph Schroeder (2005-2012, 2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Doc Searls (2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Wendy Seltzer (2007, 2009), Northeastern University; Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Nigel Shadbolt (2008, 2010), University of Southampton
  • Leslie Regan Shade (2013), iSchool, University of Toronto
  • Kalpana Shankar (2014), University College London
  • Adrian Shepherd (2004), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Marc A. Smith (2010)
  • William Steinmuller (2003, 2004), SPRU, University of Sussex
  • Talha Syed (2007), Harvard Law School
  • Jo Tacchi (2003, 2004, 2009), ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT
  • Damian Tambini (2010), London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Greg Taylor (2010-2012,2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Alistair Tough (2006), HATII, University of Glasgow
  • Nina Wakeford, (2003, 2004) Director of INCITE, Surrey University
  • Ian Walden (2014), Queen Mary, University of London
  • Steve Ward (2003, 2004, 2006), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford; University of Salford
  • Juliet Webster (2004)
  • Frank Webster (2004), Academic Visitor, City University
  • David Weinberger (2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Daniel J. Weitzner (2008), MIT
  • Barry Wellman (2013), Net Lab, University of Toronto
  • Deborah Wheeler (2004),
  • Yorick Wilks (2008, 2010), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Jason Wilson (2009), University of Wollongong
  • Steve Woolgar (2003, 2004), Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Joss Wright (2011-2012,2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Taha Yasseri (2014), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Zittrain (2006-2008, 2010-2011), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford / Berkman Center for
  • Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Matt Zook (2010, 2014), University of Kentucky
  • Ethan Zuckerman (2006, 2007), Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School