Sonia Livingstone is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Taking a comparative, critical and contextualised approach, Sonia’s research asks why and how the changing conditions of mediation are reshaping everyday practices and possibilities for action, identity and communication rights.
She has published twenty books on media audiences, particularly examining the opportunities and risks for children and young people afforded by digital and online technologies, and with a focus on media literacy, social mediations, and children’s rights in the digital age.
Her most recent books include The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age (2016, NYUP), Digital Technologies in the Lives of Young People (edited, 2014, Routledge), Meanings of Audiences (edited, 2013, Routledge) and Media Regulation: Governance and the Interests of Citizens and Consumers (2012, Sage).
She is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, Royal Society for the Arts, and is fellow and past President of the International Communication Association. She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014. She leads the projects Global Kids Online and Preparing for a Digital Future and she directed the 33-country network, EU Kids Online.
Expertise: children and new media; internet use; media audiences; media literacy; mediated participation; online risks and safety; public engagement with communication regulation
Professor Sonia Livingstone discusses Children Online
LSE Consulting projects:
Children's Online Activities, Risks and Safety: A Literature Review by the UKCCIS Evidence Group
Client: UKCCIS Evidence Group
End client: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Authors: Sonia Livingstone, Julia Davidson & Joanne Bryce
The Case for a UNCRC General Comment on Children’s Rights and Digital Media
Client: Children's Commissioner for England
Authors: Sonia Livingstone, Gerison Lansdown & Amanda Third
Sexual Rights and Sexual Risks Among Youth Online
Commissioned by: eNACSO
Funded by: European Commission
Authors: Sonia Livingstone & Jessica Mason
Researching Children’s Rights Globally in the Digital Age
Authors: Sonia Livingstone, Jasmina Byrne & Monica Bulger
Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technology: A Qualitative Exploratory Study
Client: Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Authors: Sonia Livingstone, Jackie Marsh, Lydia Plowman, Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde & Ben Fletcher-Watson