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LSE professor wins Swedish media and communication prize

A senior LSE academic has been awarded a prestigious Swedish prize which recognises outstanding contributions in media and communication research.

Photograph of Professor Sonia LivingstoneSonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology and Head of the Department of Media and Communications is the first researcher outside Sweden to be awarded the Wahlgren Foundation Prize, which was created in 1991.

Her many accomplishments include writing or editing 14 books and more than 150 scientific articles on subjects such as children and the internet and the historical evolution of television audiences.

As a visiting professor in several countries and an editorial committee member on a number of important journals, Sonia's work has greatly contributed to the development of the field both in this country and worldwide. She also directs the project EU Kids Online, which examines risk and safety in children's internet use.

In addition she has served on the board or as a consultant for a number of key organisations outside the university, including the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, and has acted as an adviser to Ofcom, to the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Home Office and the BBC.

Sonia will be presented with the award of 50,000 Swedish kronor (approximately £4,392) at a ceremony on Friday 27 November at the daily newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet in Malmö, southern Sweden.

21 October 2009