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 12 volumes including: The International Handbook of Creative Learning (2011 Routledge); Learning at Not-School (2013, MIT Press); Learning and Literacy over Time (2014, Routledge). Recent volumes are The class: living and learning in the digital age (New York University Press 2016) and Learning Identities, Education and Community: young live in the cosmopolitan city (Cambridge University Press 2016). I have directed research projects for the Arts Council of England, the British Film Institute, the London Development Agency, Creative Partnerships and Nominet Trust and has spoken at a number of conferences around the world.
I now research and develop projects across a range of disciplines and subject specialisms:
– childhood, youth as learning in the digital society
– youth, media and technology
– regeneration, community and education policy
– creativity, learning and arts research
– informal and out-of-school education