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Professor David Buckingham FBA PhD (London); MA (Central London Poly); PGCE (London); BA (Cambridge).

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Emeritus Professor of Communication and Media Studies

David Buckingham is a leading researcher on children’s and young people’s interactions with electronic media, and on media literacy education.  He joined the department in January 2012. He was previously a Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, London University, where he founded and directed the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media. He has also been a Visiting Professor at universities in Norway, Italy, the United States, Hong Kong, Australia and South Africa.

David is the author, co-author or editor of 30 books, and more than 200 articles and book chapters; and his work has been translated into 15 languages. He has taught and addressed conferences in more than 35 countries around the world, and his work has been disseminated in a wide range of print and broadcast media, nationally and internationally. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences, and has been a member of the Peer Review Colleges of both ESRC and AHRC. In 2014, David retired from full-time employment, although he continues to write and act as a consultant. Details of his current work, including recent publications and a blog, can be found at www.davidbuckingham.net.

David has directed more than 25 externally-funded research projects, supported by bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the European Commission, the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Arts Council of England and the Gulbenkian, Spencer, MacArthur and Nuffield Foundations. He has been a consultant for bodies such as UNESCO, the United Nations, Ofcom, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and the Institute for Public Policy Research. In 2008-9 he was engaged by two UK government departments to conduct an independent assessment of the impact of the commercial world on children’s wellbeing.

  • [co-editor with Sara Bragg, Mary Jane Kehily] Youth Cultures in the Age of Global Media. Palgrave, 2014.
  • [co-author with Shaku Banaji] The Civic Web: Young People, the Internet and Civic Participation. MIT Press, 2013.
  • The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture. Polity, 2011. Translated into Spanish.
  • [co-editor/lead author] Video Cultures: Media Technology and Everyday Creativity Palgrave, 2009.
  • Youth, Identity and Digital Media Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.
  • Beyond Technology: Children’s Learning in the Age of Digital Media Cambridge: Polity, 2007. Translated into Spanish.
  • Media Education: Literacy, Learning and Contemporary Culture Cambridge: Polity, 2003. Translated into Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Chinese (simple and complex characters), Italian, Spanish and Greek.
  • [co-author with Liesbeth de Block] Global Children, Global Media: Migration, Media and Childhood Palgrave, 2007, new edition 2010.
  • [co-author with Sara Bragg] Young People, Sex and the Media: The Facts of Life? London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2004 Translated into Korean and Greek.
  • [co-author with Margaret Scanlon] Education, Entertainment and Learning in the Home Open University Press, 2003.
  • After the Death of Childhood: Growing Up in the Age of Electronic Media Cambridge, Polity Press, 2000. Translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Chinese, Italian, French and Korean.
  • The Making of Citizens: Young People, News and Politics London, Routledge, 2000.