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Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE

Sonia Livingstone OBE is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She teaches master's courses in media and communications theory, methods, and audiences and supervises doctoral students researching questions of audiences, publics and youth in the changing digital media landscape. She is author or editor of nineteen books and many academic articles and chapters. She has been visiting professor at the Universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Harvard, Illinois, Milan, Oslo, Paris II, and Stockholm, and is on the editorial board of several leading journals. She is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society for the Arts, and fellow and past President of the International Communication Association, ICA. Sonia has received honorary doctorates from the University of Montreal and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 'for services to children and child internet safety.'

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. Her empirical work examines the opportunities and risks afforded by digital and online technologies, including for children and young people at home and school, for developments in media and digital literacies, and for audiences, publics and the public sphere more generally, with a recent focus on children’s rights in the digital age: see Global Kids Online, expert seminar report, publications and call for papers.

She leads the project, Preparing for a Digital Future, which follows the recently-completed project, The Class, both part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research NetworkShe directed the 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC's Better Internet for Kids programme, with impacts in the UK and Europe. She participated in the European COST action, Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies, and leads ECREA's Children, Youth and Media group. She is currently researching parents' responses to the online commercial environment for their children. She gave a recent TEDX talk on How children engage with the internet. For an informal introduction to Sonia, read here.

She serves on the Executive Board of the UK's Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), for which she is the Evidence Champion. She has served on the Department of Education's Ministerial Taskforce for Home Access to Technology for Children, the Home Secretary’s Taskforce for Child Protection on the Internet and the boards of Voice of the Listener and Viewer and the Internet Watch Foundation. She has advised Ofcom, Department for Education, Home Office, Economic and Social Research Council, BBC, The Byron Review, UNICEF, ITU, OECD, European Commission, Council of Europe, European Parliament, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

See online publications, all publications, blog posts on media policy and parenting for a digital future.


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Livingstone, S., and Sefton-Green, J. (2016) The Class: Living and learning in the digital age.  New York: NYU Press. See flyerwebsite, launch and blog 


Davies, C., Coleman, J., and Livingstone, S. (Eds.)(2014) Digital Technologies in the Lives of Young People. London: Routledge. See flyer and abstract


Butsch, R., and Livingstone, S. (Eds.) (2013) Meanings of Audiences: Comparative discourses. London:    Routledge. See flyer

Livingstone, S., Haddon, L., and Gorzig, A. (Eds.) (2012)  Children, Risk and Safety Online: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective. Bristol: The Policy Press. See flyer and abstracts  


Lunt, P., and Livingstone, S. (2012) Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers. London: Sage. See  flyerchapter 1

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Couldry, N., Livingstone, S., and Markham, T. (2010) Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the presumption of attention. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan. See  chapter 2report, website and  flyer


Livingstone, S. (2009)  Children and the Internet: Great Expectations and Challenging Realities.  Cambridge: Polity. See flyer UKUSA, chapter 1

Livingstone, S., and Haddon, L. (Eds.) (2009)  Kids Online: Opportunities and risks for children. Bristol: The Policy Press. See  flyer introduction conclusion.


Millwood Hargrave, A., and Livingstone, S. (2009) Harm and Offence in Media Content: A review of the evidence.  2nd ed. Bristol: Intellect. See flyerDownload book

Lievrouw, L., and Livingstone, S. (Eds.) (2009) New Media. Sage Benchmarks in Communication (Volumes 1-4). London: Sage. See contents


Drotner, K., and Livingstone, S. (Eds.)(2008) The International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture. London: Sage. See flyer, introduction

Livingstone, S. (2006)  Lo Spettatore Intraprendente: Analisi del pubblico televisivo. Translated by Daniela Cardini. Rome: Carocci. Buy here


Lievrouw, L., and Livingstone, S. (Eds.) (2006) Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Social Consequences. Fully revised student edition. London: Sage. See  introduction


Livingstone, S. (Ed.) (2005) Audiences and Publics: When Cultural Engagement Matters for the Public Sphere. Bristol: Intellect. Download book


Lievrouw, L., and Livingstone, S. (Eds.) (2002) Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Social Consequences. London: Sage.

Livingstone, S. (2002)  Young People and New Media: Childhood and the Changing Media Environment. London: Sage. See chapter 4. Report: Young People, New Media.


Livingstone, S., and Bovill, M. (Eds.) (2001)  Children and their Changing Media Environment: A European Comparative Study. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum. See  overview


Livingstone, S. (1998)  Making Sense of Television: The Psychology of Audience Interpretation. 2nd ed. London: Routledge. Updated last chapter


Livingstone, S., and Lunt, P. (1994) Talk on Television: Audience Participation and Public Debate. London: Routledge. Read chapter 2

Lunt, P., and Livingstone, S. (1992) Mass Consumption and Personal Identity: Everyday Economic Experience. Buckingham: Open University Press.  Download book.