Jaimie Freeman


Digital Social Science (2019 cohort)

Jaimie Freeman is a DPhil Candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research interests are largely centred on the implications of and patterns in young people’s engagement with the Internet, with a particular focus on self-tracking practices and the interactions between online and offline social behaviours.

Jaimie holds a BSc in Psychology and a BA in English from the University of Sydney, Australia. In the course of her undergraduate work, she also studied at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Jaimie received an MPhil in Psychology and Education from the University of Cambridge. Her MPhil thesis involved an exploratory mixed-methods study of adolescents’ use of self-tracking technologies and implications for their wellbeing and education. This work was awarded the Best Dissertation Award.

She has been working on a number of systematic review projects at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. This research focuses on adolescents’ use of the Internet to access health information. More specifically, these reviews explore: (i) strategies used by adolescents to search for and appraise online health information (published in The Journal of Pediatrics), (ii) issues of trust when adolescents access health information online (published in The Journal of Pediatrics).

Jaimie is supervised by Professor Gina Neff at the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor Sara Shaw at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. Her DPhil is generously funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Balliol College.