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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

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Children's Rights in the Digital Age 

To examine how children's rights to provision, protection and participation are being enhanced or undermined in the digital age, this project aims to build on current evidence of online risks and opportunities for children worldwide. 

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Digital Futures Commission

The Digital Futures Commission is an exciting research collaboration of unique organisations that invites innovators, policy makers, regulators, academics and civil society, to unlock digital innovation in the interests of children and young people.


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. 

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DIORA: Dynamic Interplay of Online Risk and Resilience in Adolescence

A multi-method study of the mental health risks and benefits of digital technology use.


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. 

Global Kids Online

Global Kids Online

Global Kids Online is an international research project that aims to generate and sustain a rigorous cross-national evidence base around children’s use of the internet by creating a global network of researchers and experts, and a research and impact toolkit, to inform and promote children’s rights in the digital age. 


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.


LSE-USC Research collaboration

Building on a successful teaching partnership which has lasted over a decade, the Department of Media and Communications and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at University of Southern California have extended their partnership into researching the profound implications of media and communications technologies for our shared futures.

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Platforming Families (PlatFAMs)

Finded by CHANSE/ESRC, PlatFAMs examines the embeddedness of digital platforms in the lives and practices of modern families by researching three-generations (children, parents, grandparents) in five European countries (Norway, Estonia, UK, Romania and Spain).

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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.

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Parenting for a digital future

Parenting 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.

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WhatsApp Vigilantes? An exploration of citizen reception and construction of WhatsApp messages’ triggering mob violence in India

The study aims to provide ways of reducing violence and hate speech, while retaining the most positive aspects of messaging apps. The project intends to come up with a typology of digital misinformation in India that will be helpful to regulators, technology companies, civic campaigners, those interested in media literacy and political education. 

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Youth Skills (ySKILLS)

The project involves longitudinal research with children aged 12 to 17 to offer evidence on how to enhance and maximise long-term positive impacts of the ICT environment on multiple aspects of children’s well-being by stimulating resilience through the enhancement of digital skills.