REDI researchers discussed digital platforms at Oslo workshop
REDI’s Professor Julian Sefton-Green, Dr Luci Pangrazio and Dr Kate Mannell recently attended a three-day workshop in Oslo that brought together researchers from two large projects focusing on family life and digital platforms – the Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child and PlatFAMS (Platforming Families), a CHANSE-funded research project.
The workshop aimed to assess the state of the art involved in researching platform use, and its meaning and understanding in the context of family. By bringing together international experts doing empirical work in this area, one of the workshop’s objectives was to set an agenda on methodological issues in this research and look at how this area of study is evolving.
“As an Early Career Researcher, the workshop provided particularly valued opportunities to meet and build relationships with international scholars who I would otherwise be unlikely to meet,” Dr Mannell said.
“It was especially beneficial to participate in exchanges with the PlatFAMS team about how to develop their project, as it’s rare to experience how large multi-national projects are built from the ground up.”
Workshop attendees were able to each lead a session about their own research and the different approaches and issues of concern about platforms and family life, providing an opportunity for commentary and discussion.
Dr Luci Pangrazio presented on her ‘Data in the Home’ project.
“It was an excellent opportunity to receive feedback on my project’s findings,” she said.
“It’s also stimulated my thinking around the theory associated with this field, such as the need to update how parental mediation is theorised, as well as how to conceptualise the relationship between datafication and platformisation.”
The workshop was co-organised by Professor Sefton-Green, Professor of New Media Education at REDI and Chief Investigator at the Digital Child, and Digital Child Partner Investigator Professor Ola Erstad from the University of Oslo.