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- Professor of Learning and Technology
- IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
- UCL Institute of Education
PhD ‘A multimodal framework for technology mediated learning’, Institute of Education (IOE), University of London (2003, funded by ESRC))
M.Sc. Social Research Methods (with Distinction, 1996), Sociology Department, The University of Surrey
BA Fine Art and Media, Northumbria University
2016 - Director UCL Knowledge Lab
2011 – 2014 Head of Department, Culture Communication & Media, IOE
2009 – 2011 Deputy Director, IOE London Knowledge Lab
2007 – 2012 Director of Research, IOE Centre for Multimodal Research
Research and Journal Review BoardsFounding editor of the journal Visual Communication.
Editorial board membership: BJET, Educational Review, Linguistics and Education, Digital Culture & Education, Australian Journal of Language and Literacy; and International Journal of Learning (RMIT). I review articles for a number of other journals.
Editorial Board Sage Publishers, Media and Communications Video Collection
Member: ESRC Peer Review College, UK; Member: Review Committees, Australian Research Council, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ministry of Education Singapore, Norwegian Research Council, Swedish Research Council, National South African Foundation.
My research interests centre around four areas of specialization:
- Multimodal interaction
- Innovative methodologies
- Digitally mediated teaching and learning
- Interdisciplinary research
I have conducted over 20 national and international funded research projects on multimodal communication, interaction and learning: 10 as Principal Investigator (PI), with a total value of £5.4 million, including:
PI: IN-TOUCH: Digital Touch Communication, ERC Consolidator Award, €1,990,000, 2016-2021
PI: MODE ‘Multimodal Methods for Researching Digital Environments’, ESRC, £1.34 mil., 2011-15, with Dr J. Bezemer, Prof. G. Kress, & Dr S. Price (IOE)
PI: MIDAS ‘Methodological Innovation in Digital Arts & Social Sciences’, ESRC Methodological Innovation Programme, £188,000, 2013-14, with Dr K. Walker (Royal College of Art), Prof. S. Broadhurst (Brunel), D. Atkinson (Royal College of Fashion) & Dr. S. Price (UCL)
Co-Investigator (Co-I)/ UK Coordinator: DIGI-MED ‘Global Perspectives on Learning & Development with Digital Video-Media’, Marie Curie IRSES, €220.000, 2012-14, with Dr M. Kontopodis, Roehampton
Co-I: Digital Museums, UCL partnership fund, £20,000, 2013-14, with Dr T.Moussari & Dr S.Price (UCL)
Co-I: Geo-Sci-Teach, Joint Information Systems Committee, £69,000, 2010-11, with Dr S. Price, Dr D. Davies (UCL) & Dr G. Roussos (Birkbeck, University of London)
PI: Innovative Teaching & Learning Research, Microsoft, £165,600, 2010-12, with Dr N. Selwyn (IOE)
PI: Research Councils of UK Academic Fellowship, 2005 – 2010 (£160,000)
Co-I: Investigating Student Access to Changing Multimodal Texts and Pedagogies, National Research Foundation Council South Africa, £31,000, 2009-11, with Dr A. Archer, University of Cape Town, SA
Co-I: Sociolinguistic-Ethnography & Changing Society, ESRC, £99,900, 2007-9, with Profs. Ben Rampton (Kings College London) and Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
I am interested in supervising students with interests in: multimodal research, touch based communication and interaction, studies using and investigating video-based research, the use of technologies for learning and multimodal identities research that takes a long view of technology.