Professor Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
Areas of expertise
- Child rights
- Online risks and opportunities
- Internet and family life
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. She has published 20 books on media audiences, especially children and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy and rights in the digital environment. Her new book is “Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives” (Oxford University Press, with Alicia Blum-Ross).
Sonia chaired LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, and has served as Expert Advisor to the Council of Europe, Special Advisor to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Communications, President of the International Communication Association, and Executive Board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. She has received five honorary doctorates and several international prizes.
Since founding the EC-funded 33 country “EU Kids Online” research network, she has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OECD, ITU and UNICEF and others on children’s internet safety and rights in the digital environment. She has extensive speaking experience in policy and expert forums, large and small.
Sonia currently directs the Digital Futures Commission (with the 5Rights Foundation) and the “Global Kids Online” project (with UNICEF). Other projects include the UKRI-funded “Nurture Network” and two European H2020 projects: “ySKILLS” (Youth Skills) and “CO:RE” (Children Online: Research and Evidence. She blogs at www.parenting.digital and tweets @Livingstone_S. See www.sonialivingstone.net.