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David is a Visiting Professor at Kings, and Emeritus Professor in Media and Communications at Loughborough University. He has directed numerous research projects on young people’s interactions with media, and on media literacy education, funded by UK research councils, the European Commission and charitable foundations. He is the author, co-author or editor of 30 books and more than 240 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has presented at conferences in 40 countries around the world, and his work has been translated into 15 languages. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences, and is currently a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellow. His most recent work is a collection of essays entitled ‘Growing Up Modern: Childhood, Youth and Popular Culture Since 1945’; and he has recently completed a ‘manifesto’ on media education, to be published by Polity in 2019. David’s website and blog are at:

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Media education, media literacy
  • Children’s media
  • Youth culture
  • Media users and audiences

David is no longer supervising PhD students.

Selected Publications

  • The Media Education Manifesto (2019)
  • The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture (2011)
  • Beyond Technology: Children’s Learning in the Age of Digital Culture (2007)
  • Media Education: Literacy, Learning and Modern Culture (2003)
  • After the Death of Childhood (2000)

Expertise and Public Engagement

David is an internationally recognized expert on children’s and young people’s interactions with electronic media, and on media literacy education. He has been a consultant for bodies such as UNESCO, the United Nations, Unicef, the European Commission, Ofcom (the UK media regulator), and the UK government. His work has been disseminated in a wide range of print and broadcast media, nationally and internationally.