Research

My current research agenda is focused on the following topics:

  • eVoices, the voices of the underprivileged mediated by social media;
  • Slum Tourism, Informal Learning and Community Participation;
  • Access to old (rural radio) and new media (internet), and the social construction of meaning related to these media;
  • Creative participatory methods in ICT4D projects;
  • The role of ICT in enhancing community entrepreneurship in developing contexts;
  • Visualisations for social change in educational settings.

Active Research Projects:

2019-2020: Research co-Leader of Creative Network Plus: Baseline Research and Development Project (BREDEP) in collaboration with Derby University (Research Leader), Birmingham City University, University of Glasgow, University of Chittagong, Addis Ababa University, University of Haripur, Istanbul Bilgi University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Lebanese American University, funded by the UK Art and Humanities Research Council.

2019-2020: Consultant in Online Safety – Media Literacy Strategy – Mapping Exercise and Literature Review, funded by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

2019-2022: Research Partner of Connect2Aspire: Cultural engagements and young people’s professional aspirations, Principal Investigator: Amalia Sabiescu, Loughborough University, funded by the UK Art and Humanities Research Council.

Past Research Projects:

2018: Research Leader of network e-Voices: Redressing Marginality in collaboration with Universidade Federal Fluminense, Telecentre Foundation/SparkLab, PAWA254, funded by the UK Art and Humanities Research Council.

2016-2018: Research Leader of Digital Literacies and Host-Guest Encounters: the case of homestays in Malaysia in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, funded by Bournemouth University.

2016-2018: Research co-Leader of RiotID Educational Materials – CEMP (Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University), funded by Bournemouth University.

2016 – 2017: Research Leader of Quantitative Analysis of User Generated Content: A Study on Informal Learning and Slum Tourism in South Africa – CEMP (Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University), funded by the British Academy.

2013-2017: Research co-Leader of Telecentres and Mobile Technologies, in collaboration with Telecentre.org, co-funded by Bournemouth University.
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2012 – 2014: Research Officer of mCHW – mobile Community Health Workers – London Knowledge Lab (Institute of Education, University of London), funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the UK Department for International Development.
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2011-2013: Researcher of Mobile A2K – Mobile Access to Knowledge: Culture and Safety in Africa – NewMinE (School of Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana), funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies
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2010-2012: Project Coordinator of RE-ACT – Social REpresentations of community multimedia centres and ACTions for improvement – NewMinE (School of Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
–> Go to the project’s website

2008-2012: Project Coordinator of MELISSA – Measuring E-Learning Impact in primary Schools in South African disadvantaged areas – NewMinE (School of Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Secretariat for Education and Research

2005-2009: Project Coordinator of BET K-12 – Brazilian eLearning Teacher Training in K-12 – NewMinE (School of Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

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