Dr Shakuntala Banaji
UK Project Director
Dr. Banaji has 22 years’ experience as a teacher, researcher and lecturer. She currently works at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where is programme director for the Master’s in Media, Communication and Development, and lectures in development communication, international film, media and the global south. She is UK project director for the 7-Country Horizon 2020 Young 5a project CATCH-EyoU on Active Citizenship amongst young people in Europe, led by UNIBO, Italy (2015-2018) and is the recipient of numerous teaching prizes, including the prestigious European Teaching Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2015).
Her previous position was at the Institute of Education, University of London, where she undertook research into young people and learning technologies, creativity and education, pedagogy, civic participation and online media cultures and was been part of several large-scale research projects for the European Union and other funders; among these ‘Stakeholder Perspectives on Creativity and Innovation in Schooling in the EU27’ (IPTS 2009-2010); CivicWeb: Young People, the Internet and Civic Participation (EU, Framework 6, 2006-2009); Children in Communication about Migration (CHICAM, EU, Framework 5, 2001-2004) and Rhetorics of Creativity (Creative Partnerships, 2005-2006). She has taught English and Media studies in secondary schools, guest-lectured on film, young people and digital technologies in India, Sweden and the UK, taught on the Media and Society BSc at South Bank University. She continues to work in schools across the UK with teachers and students of all ages and has an abiding interest in the social and civic contexts of children and young people and social equality in the global south.