Sonia_Headshot PhotoProfessor Sonia Livingstone
After studying at UCL and Oxford, Sonia has spent some 25 years at LSE developing a comparative, critical and contextualised approach to investigating people’s everyday engagement with media. She asks why and how the changing conditions of mediation are reshaping ordinary practices and possibilities for action, identity and communication rights. Her empirical work examines the opportunities and risks afforded by digital and online technologies, including for children and young people at home and school, for developments in media and digital literacies, and for audiences, publics and the public sphere more generally, with a recent focus on children’s rights in the digital age. In recognition for her advice to various government and stakeholder organisations over the years, she was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 ‘for services to children and child internet safety.’ On a personal note, Sonia’s two children and, now, four grandchildren have long been a welcome source of inspiration and advice on youthful online experiences.

Alicia_Headshot PhotoDr Alicia Blum-Ross
Alicia is a Research Officer in Media and Communications at the LSE and is in charge of the day-to-day management of the Parenting for a Digital Future research project, including pounding the pavements to find families willing to let friendly researchers into their home to talk about their kids and digital media. Alicia’s past research has examined digital media and learning from the perspective of young people, studying participatory filmmaking and civic engagement projects for ‘at risk’ young people in London. She has a doctorate and masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Alongside her academic research Alicia has also worked as a consultant and facilitator, evaluating the impact of and managing programmes for media, arts and culture-based learning organizations including BAFTA, Into Film the London Film Festival at the British Film Institute and FilmAid International. She has twin toddlers, so is glad of the opportunity to try to figure out what the deal is with screen-time.

Jennifer Pavlick
Jennifer is the project assistant and blog editor for Parenting for a Digital Future. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Culture and Society in the Department of Sociology at the LSE. Her research focuses on the historical and political discourse around American values, and asks how a narrative is taught in school to produce ‘patriotic citizens.’ With a growing interest in education when children have access to social media, she is curious about the boundaries of a parent’s role. Beyond her studies at LSE, Jennifer pursues an interest in contemporary art. She has written for the Institute of Contemporary Art London (ICA) Blog in conjunction with her curatorial programming as part of the TEXT2SPEECH reading-group series. Additionally, her work and writing is featured in Perpetual Inventory II, exploring contemporary sculpture practices.

Previous team members

Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde_Headshot photo_2Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde
Svenja is a doctoral researcher at the LSE, a Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and the research assistant to the Parenting for a Digital Future project. She has a master’s from LSE and her doctoral research is interested in questions around the journalistic use and adoption of social media platforms, especially Twitter. She has previously worked with Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green on The Class project and recently contributed to the UK branch of a European Commission pilot study that examined young children (0-8) and digital technology. Svenja grew up with an 11-year age difference from her baby sister, which often makes her feel like half a parent.

Headshot photo_Paige Mustain_croppedPaige Mustain
Paige Mustain is a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute and currently working as a research assistant for the Parenting for a Digital Future project and Julian Sefton-Green’s Preparing for Creative Labour. Her doctoral research looks at the influence of technology centred education models serving lower income groups. She is also working with Oxford’s Education Department on a project called Go_Girl: code+create where she’s teaching young women programming skills and will be conducting research for a European Commission policy project looking to mainstream innovative school organisations. Being interested in youth and media more generally and with her close friends beginning to have children, she is increasingly curious about what unique situations parents are faced with today and what the different approaches are.

Headshot photo_César Jiménez_croppedCésar Jiménez-Martínez
César is a doctoral researcher at the LSE and is currently working as a project support assistant for the Parenting for a Digital Future project. He worked in Chile for almost a decade as a journalist and, later on, in public relations and branding. He holds a double master’s in Global Media and Communications from the LSE and the University of Southern California. His research focusses on issues of media and nationalism, nation branding and media events. As a middle child, he feels he was partly raised by his elder brother, while at the same time, he also feels he contributed to raising his younger sister.


This project is being conducted in tandem with Preparing for Creative Labour, led by Julian Sefton-Green, which examines the barriers and enablers to young people’s transition from participation in semi-formal learning organisations to paid work in the cultural and creative industries and how different forms of learning identity and ‘professional’ development support or hinder entry into work.