Home > People > Professor Ralph Schroeder
Ralph Schroeder

Prof. Ralph Schroeder


Ralph Schroeder is a Professor and a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Internet Institute (OII), Oxford University. His research interests include virtual environments, big data, digital media, Artificial Intelligence (AI), right-wing populism, sociology of science and technology.

Professor Schroeder has held various positions at the OII, including Programme Director of the MSc in Social Science of the Internet (July 2018-January 2023) and Director of Research (October 2009-September 2012). 

Professor Schroeder was formerly Professor in the School of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University in Gothenburg (Sweden). He completed his PhD about Max Weber at the LSE in 1988.

Prof Schroeder’s publications include Rethinking Science, Technology and Social Change (Stanford University Press, 2007) and Being There Together: Social Interaction in Virtual Environments (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is also the author of ‘An Age of Limits: Social Theory for the 21st Century’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and, with Eric T. Meyer, of ‘Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities’ (MIT Press 2015). His most recent book is ‘Social Theory after the Internet ’and he is also working on big data and AI in the social sciences.

Areas of expertise

  • Big data
  • Virtual environments
  • Digital media
  • Right-wing populism