Oxford Internet Institute
The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is a world-leading multidisciplinary research and teaching department dedicated to understanding life online through the social science of the Internet.
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Digital connections are now embedded in almost every aspect of our daily lives, and research on individual and collective behaviour online is crucial to understanding almost every aspect of today’s society: including politics, the economy, global security and social change.
We now have unprecedented access to a vast amount of data generated by our online activities, allowing us to develop the theories, concepts and research methods required to understand and address society’s ‘big questions’. Multidisciplinarity has always been an important part of our academic identity. From Twitter ‘revolutions’ to the surveillance state, from cyberterrorism to the digital economy, we believe that the complex interactions of the Internet and society can only be understood by drawing on the perspectives of many different disciplines, including political science, economics, philosophy, law, sociology, psychology, computer science, physics, geography and education.
The Institute’s Masters and Doctoral programmes are among the most competitive at Oxford, providing students with an in-depth understanding of the social science concepts, theories and methods required to undertake research and policy analysis around the Internet.
Our increasingly data-driven world presents huge opportunities and challenges for government, industry, and policy makers, and OII research is used by policy makers around the world to shape digital-era policy and practice. As the public policy environment enters a period of dramatic change and uncertainty OII researchers are able to provide the empirical data, methodological innovation and conceptual analysis required to design policy solutions to societal problems, and to positively shape the development of our digital world for the public good.