The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into
individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We are
looking for a Researcher to work with Professor Mark Graham on a two-year
project to better understand the geographies of the Internet.
Our existing research has uncovered highly uneven digital geographies: with
some parts of the world far more like to produce, and be represented by,
digital content than others.
We seek to hire a Researcher to continue some of this research, to ask what
has changed, and to ask new questions about digital inequalities at not
just the global, but also the local scale. We plan to ask and answer
questions such as: what are the contemporary geographies of the production
and consumption of digital knowledge-based economic activities?; what are
the geographies of digital representations (such as content in Wikipedia or
Google)?; how likely is digital content to be locally or non-locally
produced?; and do digital representations produce or reproduce social and
economic inequalities and divisions in our urban environments. If we accept
that our cities are made up of digital as well as physical raw materials –
we need to better understand who owns, controls, shapes, can access, and
can remake the digital layers of place.
We plan on answering the above questions using methods from computational
social science and GIS: scraping, mapping, and statistically analysing a
diverse range of datasets. The position is suited to candidates who have
recently completed a doctorate in Quantitative Geography, GIScience,
Computer Science, Economics, Sociology or other relevant discipline (i.e.
postdocs), but we also welcome applications from qualified individuals
without a doctorate (e.g. candidates with industry experience). Programming
skills, and experience with GIS are required. The successful candidate will
ultimately work with Professor Graham to produce a full-length monograph on
Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available
immediately for 24 months in the first instance, with the possibility of
renewal thereafter, funding permitting.
This job advertisement is for a full-time researcher, but part-time
applications of more than 22.5 hours a week will also be considered.