Professor Sonia Livingstone
Sonia Livingstone teaches master's courses in media and communications theory, methods, and audiences, and supervises doctoral students in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She is author or editor of seventeen books and many academic articles and chapters. She has held visiting professor positions at the Universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Harvard, Illinois, Milan, Paris II, and Stockholm, and is on the editorial board of several leading journals. She was President of ICA (the International Communication Association) in 2007-8.
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 and identity in public and private spheres. Her empirical work examines the opportunities and risks afforded by digital and online technologies in a range of contexts, including children and young people’s experience of digital media at home and school, developments in media and digital literacies, and the implications of the changing media environment for audiences, publics and the public sphere. More broadly, she is interested in how citizen values (public sphere, rights-based, equity-focused, diversity-promoting) can be better embedded in information and communication infrastructures in institutions, regulators and the lifeworld.
Currently, she directs a 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC's Safer Internet Programme. She also directs The Class, as part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network. She participates in the European COST network, Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies, and leads ECREA's Children, Youth and Media group, and blogs for the LSE Media Policy Project.
She serves on the Executive Board of the UK's Council for Child Internet Safety, for which she is the Evidence Champion. She has, at various times, 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 many public bodies, including Ofcom, Department for Education, Home Office, Economic and Social Research Council, BBC, The Byron Review, UNICEF, ITU, OECD, European Parliament, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
See selected publications here
Butsch, R., and Livingstone, S. (Eds.) (2013) Meanings of Audiences: Comparative discourses. London: Routledge. See flyer; chapter 1
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 flyer, chapter 1
Couldry, N., Livingstone, S., and Markham, T. (2010) Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the presumption of attention. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan. See chapter 2, report and flyer.
Livingstone, S. (2009) Children and the Internet: Great Expectations and Challenging Realities. Cambridge: Polity. See flyer UK, USA, 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. Second edition. Bristol: Intellect. See flyer. Download 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, and 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 Edition. London: Routledge. Read update on final 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.