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.

Eric T. Meyer is a Senior Fellow of the OII. Professor Meyer’s research focuses on the transition from analog to digital technologies in research and knowledge creation across disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. His research has included both qualitative and quantitative work with marine biologists, genetics researchers, physicists, digital humanities scholars, social scientists using big data, theatre artists, visual artists, librarians, and organizations involved in computational approaches to research.

His work has been published in a variety of journals, books, and conference proceedings, available by following the tabs above. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences around the world, including keynote addresses in Florence, Aberdeen, Prague, The Hague, Leeds, and elsewhere, and has given invited lectures at universities including Harvard, Cambridge, King’s College London, Edinburgh, Chalmers, Borås, Dalhousie, Rensselaer, Sheffield, Bath, Southampton, and others.

Professor Meyer’s research has received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the European Commission, OECD, The Health Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Jisc, Nesta, RIN, and others.

As Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Meyer is responsible for overseeing the overall running of the MSc and DPhil programmes at the OII.

Professor Meyer earned his PhD in information science, specializing in social informatics, at Indiana University, where his award-winning dissertation examined how marine biologists who rely on photographic evidence to identify individual marine mammals have seen significant changes in their everyday work practices as they switched from film photography to digital photography.

His professional and personal networks can be found on Google Scholar, LinkedIn, SSRN,, Twitter, and Flickr.

Selected Publications

Meyer, E., Yasseri, T., Hale, S., Cowls, J., Schroeder, R. and Margetts, H. (2017) “Analysing the UK web domain and exploring 15 years of UK universities on the web” In: The Web as History Brugger, N. and Schroeder, R. (eds.). London: UCL Press. 23-44.

Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R. and Cowls, J. (2016) “The net as a knowledge machine: How the Internet became embedded in research“, New Media & Society. 18 (7) 1159-1189.

Meyer, E.T. and Schroeder, R. (2015) Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Meyer, E.T. (2014) Examining the Hyphen: The Value of Social Informatics for Research and Teaching. In Rosenbaum, H., Fichman, P. (Eds) Social Informatics: Past, Present and Future. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholarly Publishers, Chapter 3.

Gómez-Cruz, E., Meyer, E.T. (2012) Creation and Control in the Photographic Process: iPhones and the emerging fifth moment of photography. Photographies 5 (2) 203-221.

Dutton, W.H., and Meyer, E.T. (2010) Enabling or Mediating the Social Sciences? The Opportunities and Risks of Bottom-Up Innovation. In W.H. Dutton and P.Jeffreys (Eds.), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, pp. 165-184.

Meyer, E.T., and Schroeder, R. (2009) Untangling the Web of e-Research: Towards a Sociology of Online Knowledge. Journal of Informetrics 3 (3) 246-260.

Meyer, E.T. (2009) Moving from small science to big science: Social and organizational impediments to large scale data sharing. In Jankowski, N. (Ed.), e-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice (Routledge Advances in Research Methods series). New York: Routledge, pp. 147-159.


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