Professor Sonia Livingstone


Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications

Sonia Livingstone

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

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Sonia Livingstone, professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Media & Communications at LSE, talks about children's online risks and opportunities in the digital era as well as children's rights.

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