University of Toronto’s iSchool to Host 2013 Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Programme

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is delighted to announce that its eleventh annual Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) will be held in collaboration with the iSchool at the University of Toronto from 8-19 July 2013.

Professor Seamus Ross, Dean of the iSchool, and a previous Visiting Fellow at OII, welcomed the collaboration saying: “The opportunity for the UofT iSchool to partner with the OII on its internationally acclaimed summer school in 2013 is exciting. The bringing together of exceptional students from across the globe with OII and iSchool academics will provide a dynamic learning opportunity for all of us — we really welcome it.”

The SDP is one of the highlights of the OII’s academic year, bringing together 25-30 stellar doctoral students from around the world for a fortnight of study with leading academics in a dynamic multi-disciplinary environment. The aim of the programme (which covers many aspects of research relating to life online) is to help improve students’ doctoral research by providing constructive feedback and advice on their thesis, and to build a supportive peer-group network that will outlast the SDP itself. Nearly 300 doctoral students have passed through the SDP to date, with some of our early alumni now running Internet-related research centres around the world.

The 2013 SDP will see Fellows brought from Oxford joining force with faculty from the iSchool, and other University of Toronto departments, as well as academics from universities in the Toronto area. The list of tutors is yet to be finalised but will include Barry Wellman, Rhonda McEwen, Leslie Regan Shade, Bernie Hogan (OII) and Vicki Nash (OII).

Professor Helen Margetts, Director of the OII, extended her thanks to Professor Ross and the iSchool, noting, “The Summer Doctoral Programme makes a significant contribution to the development of the next generation of Internet researchers, and we are delighted that the 2013 cohort will benefit from the extraordinary range of expertise available within Toronto.”

The application process for the 2013 SDP closes on 25 February 2013.

Professor Seamus Ross, Dean of the iSchool, with Dr Victoria Nash, OII Summer Doctoral Programme Convenor

Professor Seamus Ross, Dean of the iSchool, with Dr Victoria Nash, OII Summer Doctoral Programme Convenor.