I am now a Professor of New Media Education at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. I have worked as an independent scholar and have held positions at the Department of Media & Communication, London School of Economics & Political Science and at the University of Oslo working on projects exploring learning and learner identity across formal and informal domains. I have been been an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK and the Institute of Education, Hong Kong and I am now a Visiting Professor at The Playful Learning Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland and a visiting fellow at the LSE.
I have worked as an Associate Research Professor at the University of South Australia, where I was developing a city-wide initiative to imagine and implement new kinds of spaces for learning. Previously I was the Head of Media Arts and Education at WAC Performing Arts and Media College – a centre for informal training and education – where I directed a range of digital media activities for young people and co-ordinated training for media artists and teachers. I worked as Media Studies teacher in an inner city comprehensive London and in higher education teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, leading teacher training degrees in media education.
I have researched and written widely on many aspects of media education, new technologies, creativity, digital cultures and informal learning and has authored, co-authored or edited 20 books. Recent volumes include The Class: living and learning in the digital age (New York University Press, 2016), Learning beyond the School: international perspectives on the schooled society (Routledge, 2018) Young People’s transitions into creative work Routledge, 2019) and Learning to Live with Datafication educational case studies from around the world(Routledge 2022). I have directed research projects for the Arts Council of England, the British Film Institute, Creative Partnerships and Nominet Trust, and was one of core members of the MacArthur Funded, Connected Learning Research Network. I am currently a key lead researcher in the Australian Research Council funded Centre of Excellence studying Digital Childhoods and co-director of a 3 year study, funded by The Wallace Foundation, Tracing the Enduring effects of Community Arts participation. I have spoken at over 50 conferences in around 20 different countries.
I now research and develop projects across a range of disciplines and subject specialisms:
– childhood, youth and digital culture
– youth, media and technology
– regeneration, community and education policy
– creativity, learning and arts research
– informal and out-of-school education