Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone

Professor of Media and Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science

Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Taking a comparative, critical, and contextualized approach, her research examines how the changing conditions of mediation are reshaping everyday practices and possibilities for action.

Sonia has published 20 books on media audiences, especially children and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy, and rights in the digital environment, including “The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age” (New York University Press, with Julian Sefton-Green). Her forthcoming book is “Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives” (Oxford University Press, with Alicia Blum-Ross).

Recipient of many honors, she has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OECD, ITU, and UNICEF, among others, on children’s internet safety and rights in the digital environment. Sonia served as chair of the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, Expert Advisor to the Council of Europe, President of the International Communication Association, and Executive Board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

Sonia currently directs the Digital Futures Commission (with the 5Rights Foundation) and the “Global Kids Online” project (with UNICEF). She is Deputy Director of the UKRI-funded “Nurture Network” and leads work packages for two European H2020-funded projects: “ySKILLS” (Youth Skills) and “CO:RE” (Children Online: Research and Evidence). Founder of the EC-funded 33-country EU Kids Online research network, she is a #SaferInternet4EU Ambassador for the European Commission.

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