David Buckingham

Emeritus Professor of Media and Communications, Loughborough University

Emeritus Professor of Media and Communications at Loughborough University, and currently a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London University. He was a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellow, 2019-2021. Prior to joining Loughborough in 2012, he was a Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, London University, where he was the founder and director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media.

Professor Buckingham is internationally recognised as a leading researcher on children’s and young people’s interactions with electronic media, and on media literacy education. He has directed more than 25 externally-funded research projects on these issues, funded 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’.

He is the author, co-author or editor of 31 books, and around 250 articles and book chapters; and his work has been translated into 15 languages. Professor Buckingham has been a Visiting Professor at universities in the United States, Australia, Italy, Hong Kong and South Africa, as well as Sussex University and the Open University in the UK; and for ten years, he was a Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Child Research. He has taught and addressed conferences in more than 40 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 nominated fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an elected fellow of the British Academy, and has been a member of the Peer Review Colleges of both ESRC and AHRC.

Since retiring from full-time academic employment in 2014, he has remained active as a consultant and lecturer internationally. He has continued to publish, and maintains a regular blog at www.davidbuckingham.net: this site has received around half a million hits in its seven year life.