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Research projects

Funded research run from the Department of Media and Communications. Our projects involve a range of stakeholders and contribute to multiple disciplinary agendas.

Current Research Projects and Initiatives

BetterBrexitYoungPeople

A Better Brexit for Young People

This project investigates youth perspectives and priorities for Brexit negotiations through focus groups and a national YouGov survey. Find out more.

Catch-EyoU

CATCH-EyoU

Constructing AcTive CitizensHip with European Youth, is a project funded under the Young 5a stand of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Find out more.

Londoners

Community through digital connectivity

This project examines the role that communication plays in promoting and hindering community among London’s diverse populations. Find out more.

Detroit

Our Data Bodies

This is a three-year, mixed method, participatory research project explores the nature and experience of digital privacy and “data rights” of adult low-income people in the United States. Find out more.

Data Walking

Data Walking

A research process for producing radical data through collaborative walks. Find out more.

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Digital Privacy and Data Literacy

The Digital Privacy & Data Literacy project is a training program that will train 600+ information and library professionals in the New York metropolitan area. Find out more.

EU-Kids-Online

EU Kids Online

EU Kids Online is a multinational research network. It seeks to enhance knowledge of European children's online opportunities, risks and safety. It uses multiple methods to map children's and parents' experience of the internet, in dialogue with national and European policy stakeholders. 

Project lead:  Professor Sonia Livingstone

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Justice, Equity and Technology

The Justice, Equity, and Technology Project views technological systems as critical determinants of effective collective self-governance and meaningful participation in democratic society. Find out more.

Migration

The European migration crisis and the media

This esearch project focusses on understanding how the different histories and politics of European countries shape the variety of attitudes towards the crisis. Find out more.

Skils-uses-outcomes

From digital skills to tangible outcomes (DiSTO) 

This study aims to develop new survey measures of people’s digital skills, digital engagement and outcomes of Internet use. Find out more.

Global Kids Online

Global Kids Online

Global Kids Online aims to advance understanding of whether and how the internet amplifies the risks of harm to children and how to optimize digital opportunities that contribute to children’s well-being. Find out more.

Houses of parlament

Government and the media

This project seeks to advance an intensive analysis of the impact of media transformations on the processes of government. Find out more.

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Heteropolitics

Heteropolitics is a project in contemporary political theory which purports to contribute to the renewal of political thought on the ‘common’ (communities and the commons) and the political in tandem. Find out more.

Baby computer

Impact of marketing on children's behaviour

In light of raising concerns about advertising practices targeting children, the study examines children's exposure to online marketing content in social media, online games and applications. Find out more.

Code

The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3)

The T3 Commission will seek to identify current trends and policy or strategy opportunities and challenges. Its report will set out an agenda for policy by governments, the industry and civil society including specific recommendations. Find out more.

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LSE-USC Research collaboration

Building on our successful fifteen-years teaching partnership, LSE's Department of Media and Communications and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC (University of Southern California) are joining forces to bring their research activities into a new focus that addresses the profound implications of media and communications technologies for our shared futures. Find out more.

Jeremy Corbyn at LSE

Mainstream Media Representations of Jeremy Corbyn

With this small-scale project we aim to both present a sound and theoretically informed analysis of the various (or unison) mainstream media representations of the rise of Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate for the Labour leadership and of him as the new leader of the largest opposition party in the UK. Find out more.

Kindergarten

Makerspaces in the early years: Enhancing digital literacy and creativity (MakEY)

The project aims to further research and innovation in the area of young children’s digital literacy and creative design skills. Find out more.

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Mediafrica: New Media Practices in a Changing Africa

This research project examines new media practices in Africa and their relation to processes of change on the continent. Over the course of three years, this comparative project will carry out pioneering and innovative research on the social effects of the rapid spread of new media in Africa. Find out more.

Media Policy Project

Media Policy Project

The Media Policy Project’s goal is to start conversations between policy makers, civil society actors, and media professionals about the latest media research. Find out more.

Project lead: Damian Tambini

Child and internet

Maximising children’s online opportunities and minimising risks 

MOMRO will involve developing a KEI toolkit for the GKO online platform with existing and new partners specifically designed to maximise opportunities and minimise risks online for children around the world. Find out more.

Personalised Media Landscape

Personalised media and Participatory Culture

The project examines the role that the internet and digital networks can and do play in helping what might be characterized as traditional young Arab audiences to emancipate themselves from the gatekeeping functions of print and broadcast media and to co-create their own media cultures. Find out more.

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Polis

Polis is the LSE's media think-tank, aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. Find out more.

Director: Professor Charlie Beckett

Parenting for a digital future

Preparing for a digital future

In this three-year project, the researchers are undertaking a series of qualitative case studies to investigate how children and young people, along with their parents, carers, mentors and educators imagine and prepare for their personal and professional futures in a digital age. Find out more.

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The price of connection

In earlier modernity the infrastructure of communication required to meet the needs of an expanding economy and society remained closely linked to (indeed co-terminous with) the spaces that were governable by nation-states, and, to a large extent also, compatible with the normative principles on which democratic nation-states were based. But what if the era of late late modernity - characterized by the embedding of internet access, and internet-based connectivity, into actions at all levels of complexity and on all scales across the world - disrupts the precarious balance? Find out more.  

Berlin

Resilient communities, resilient cities?

This project examines the role of digital communication in the making of cities of refuge. More particularly, it focusses on urban communities’ digital responses to sudden, unplanned and/or unwelcome change resulting from irregular migration into the city. Find out more.

People walking

The social theory network

The Social Theory Network links the LSE Departments of Media & Communications and Sociology, providing a platform for interdisciplinary debates on social theory. Find out more.

Toddlers and tablets

Toddlers and tablets

This three year project (2015-2018) researches the rapidly growing population of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers who are embracing online interactions via iPads, tablets and smartphones. Find out more.

VirtEU

VirtEU: Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe

The goal of this project is to analyze and map the ethical practices of European hardware and software entrepreneurs, maker and hacker spaces, and community innovators. Find out more.