Room S104
Media and Communications
St Clements Building
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

List of references (relating mainly to studies)

Latest publications


Loos, E., Haddon, L. and Mante-Meijer, E. (eds) (2012) Generational Use of New Media, Ashgate. Aldershot.

Livingstone, S., Haddon, L. and Görzig, A. (eds) (2012) Children, risk and safety online: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective, Bristol: Policy Press.


Full list of Leslie Haddon's publications and presentations

Relevant Links

Leisure Interests

Hungarian folk dancing: The Balaton |dance group

Eastern European folk dancing: The Doina| dance group

Dr Leslie Haddon

Leslie Haddon is a senior researcher and visiting lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications


Leslie received a degree from Cambridge (Kings) in Social and Political Sciences, an MA in Contemporary Cultural Studies from Birmingham and a PhD on the origins and popularity of the home computer from London (Imperial). After his degree he obtained a teaching qualification (PGCE) and taught sociology in Bournville College of Further Education in Birmingham for five years.

 On completing his doctorate he was mainly based at Sussex University for ten years, first as a researcher on a project with Alan Cawson and Ian Miles looking at the social shaping of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), then working with Roger Silverstone on the domestication of ICTs, focusing on teleworkers, lone parents and the young elderly. After 2000 Leslie was mainly based at the LSE, although he also conducted research for the Digital World Research Centre at Surrey University (reviewing the telepresence literature) and for the Oxford Internet Institute (interviewing people about their experiences of email and spam).

He is currently a senior researcher working with Sonia Livingstone on the EU Kids Online project|.  At Sussex and later at the LSE he taught and continues to teach the course 'Media, Technology and Everyday Life'.

Key publication


  • Haddon, L. (1988) 'The Home Computer: The Making of a Consumer Electronic', in Science as Culture, No.2, pp.7-51.
  • Haddon, L. (1992) 'Explaining ICT Consumption: The Case of the Home Computer', in Silverstone, R. and Hirsch, E. (eds) Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic Spaces, Routledge, London, pp. 82-96.
  • Haddon, L. (1999) 'The Development of Interactive Games', in Mackay, H. and O'Sullivan, T. (eds) The Media Reader: Continuity and Transformation, Sage, London, pp.305-27.

Social shaping of ICTs:

  • Cawson, A., Haddon, L. and Miles, I. (1995) The Shape of Things to Consume: Bringing Information Technology into the Home, Avebury, London.


  • Silverstone, R. and Haddon, L. (1996) 'Design and the Domestication of Information and Communication Technologies: Technical Change and Everyday Life', in Silverstone, R. and Mansell, R (eds) Communication by Design. The Politics of Information and Communication Technologies, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 44-74.
  • Haddon, L (2000) 'Social Exclusion and Information and Communication Technologies: Lessons from Studies of Single Parents and the Young Elderly', New Media and Society, Vol.2, No.4, pp.387-406.
  • Haddon, L. (2005) 'Empirical Studies using the Domestication Framework', in Berker, T, Hartmann, M., Punie, Y. and Ward, K. (eds) Domestication of Media and Technologies, Open University Press, Maidenhead, pp.103-22.

EU Kids Online:

  • Livingstone, S., and Haddon, L. (eds) (2009) Kids Online. Opportunities and Risks for Children, Policy Press, Bristol.
  • Livingstone, S., Haddon, L. and Görzig, A. (eds) (2012) Children, risk and safety online: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective, Bristol: Policy Press,

Commercial research

During that 1990s Leslie was for seven years co-editor of a trade journal 'The Intelligent Home'. Over the past 20 years he had undertaken numerous and diverse commercial research projects (e.g. organising focus groups on home automation, jointly writing an 'Innovator's Handbook', looking at disability and telework, conducting research for the Integer project that was developing 'green and intelligent homes', interviewing people about the take-up of cable TV and the later the early adoption and non-adoption of the internet, conducting literature reviews on social issues relating to ICTs, examining how people budget when using mobile phones and interviewing children about their particular experiences of mobile phones).

Key publications

Design of ICTs:

  • Haddon, L (2002) 'Information and Communication Technologies and the Role of Consumers in Innovation', in McMeekin, A., Green, K., Tomlinson, M. and Walsh, V. (eds) Innovation by Demand: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Demand and its Role in Innovation, Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 151-67.

Various projects and literature reviews:

International networks and projects

In the mid-1990s Leslie was part of the ACTs-FAIR project reviewing European telematics programmes for the EC and in the late-90s he was part the of an EC project looking at the users who were envisaged by ICT designers and the broader adoption of Design for All principles.  He helped devise and analyse a five-country survey of ICT use in Europe in the mid-90s, funded by Telecom Italia. In 2000 he participated in the EURESCOM (European trade association for telecoms) project looking at European attitudes to ICTs and was subsequently involved in research for UMTS Forum (Mobile phone trade association). At the same time he was on the steering committee of and wrote a chapter for the EC funded e-Living project. More recently he was one of the experts working for the EC, evaluating whether internet companies had met their commitments about safer internet principles.

Leslie has been a visiting researcher at TeleDenmark (Denmark), Chalmers (Sweden) and Hallym University (South Korea). Since the 1990s he has participated in the EMTEL research network European Media, Technology and Everyday Life Network, (1994-7) and three European COST Actions: COST248 (The Future Telecommunications User, 1992-7), COST269 (User Aspects of ICTs, 1999-2004) and COST298| (Participation in the Broadband Society, 2006-10).

Key publications

5-country study:


  •  Haddon, L. and Brynin, M. (2005) 'The Character of Telework and the Characteristics of Teleworkers', New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol.20, No.1.

Korea visit:

  • Haddon, L. and Kim, S-D. (2007) 'Mobile Phones and Web-based Social Networking - Emerging Practices in Korea with Cyworld', The Journal of the Communications Network. Vol.6, No.1, January-March.

Children and mobile phones

  • Haddon, L. and Vincent, J. (2009) 'Children's Broadening Use of Mobile Phones', in Goggin, G. and Hjorth, L. (eds) Mobile Technologies: From Telecommunications to Media, Routledge, London, pp.37-49.


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Series Editor

Leslie Haddon and Nicola Green are the series editors for the 'new media' series of textbooks from Berg. The current titles in this series are:




Leslie Haddon



Contemporary internet cover|



Mobile Comms book cover|



Everyday Innovators cover|



ICTs book cover|