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Past Projects

A selection of past projects conducted within the Department of Media and Communications



A better Brexit for young people

This project investigated youth perspectives and priorities for Brexit negotiations through focus groups and a national YouGov survey


Migration and the media

This research project focussed on understanding how the different histories and politics of European countries shape the variety of attitudes towards the crisis..



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


Children's Data and Privacy Online

Funded by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, this project led by Prof Sonia Livingstone seeked to address questions and evidence gaps concerning children’s conception of privacy online. 

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Impact of marketing on children's behaviour

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

Data Walking

Data Walking

An innovative research process for producing radical data through collaborative walks. Data walking creates a process for observing, reflecting on and seeking to intervene in how data influences civic space.

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Digital intermediaries

The Digital Intermediaries Project investigated issues of media pluralism and privacy within the context of media convergence.


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. 



This project investigates identity management on social media by LGBTQ migrants and is funded by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.


The Future of National News Agencies in Europe

This project will suggest alternative futures for national news institutions by collecting and combining data and analysis from and for industry, policy-makers, and journalists working with and within European news agencies.

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Mainstream Media Representations of Jeremy Corbyn

With this small-scale project we aimed 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. 


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

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

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Media City London 

 A broadly interpreted framework for research which touches on a wide range of themes, including social movements, London identities, migration, and media and digital industries. 

Cultures of consumption

Media consumption and the future of public connection

A 30-month research project under the ESRC and AHRB Cultures of Consumption programme, based in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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. 


Public Understanding of Regimes of Risk and Regulation

This project asked how consumers are now represented within the new culture of regulation and, on the other hand, how consumers themselves understand their changing role within communications and financial service regulation, this in turn potentially influencing their response to communications and finance-related risks.

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Government and the media

The project contributed to an exciting and emerging area of international scholarship, and aimed to offer insights that can assist government in developing long-term strategic relations with media.

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Researching children's rights globally in the digital age

This project examined how children's rights to provision, protection and participation are being enhanced or undermined in the digital age.

Personalised Media Landscape

Personalised Media and Participatory Culture in collaboration with AUS

The project examined 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. 

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Mediafrica: New Media Practices in a Changing Africa

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


The Price of Connection

What if massively increased ‘connection’ and ‘connectivity’ (prima facie an enhancement of quality of life and a contribution towards fulfilling specific needs of economy and society) has a price, and that price is the undermining of freedom, a valueregarded as generally essential to the fulfilment of human life? 


Resilient Communities, Resilient Cities?

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


The Class

Working with an ordinary London school, we followed the networks within and beyond a single class of 13-14 year olds at home, school and elsewhere over the course of an academic year - observing social interactions in and between lessons; conducting interviews with children, parents, teachers and relevant others; and mapping out-of-school engagements with digital networking technologies to reveal both patterns of use and the quality and meaning of such engagements as they shape the learning opportunities of young people. 


The Euro crisis in the press

The Euro Crisis in the Press was an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the way the crisis is covered in the press across the Eurozone: It investigated press coverage as a platform for the dissemination of public discourses about the crisis and as an indicator of public understanding.


The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3)

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

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Toddlers and Tablets:Exploring the risks and benefits 0-5s face online

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


Understanding Automated Decisions

This project uses design methods and public engagement to investigate how to make data-based, automated decision-making understandable to people, how to communicate the processes through which automated systems operate and implications for personal data privacy and collective data governance, and to engage with complex issues of algorithmic transparency.


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. 


'We, the People' Political discourses of 'us' and 'them'. Poland in a comparative perspective.

This project explored communicative strategies and the discursive construction of the ‘people’ in Polish political discourses across the political spectrum. It evaluates how the produced image sits within the broader historical discursive production of ‘Poles’, their values and qualities.