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My winning proposal: A UK-based MacArthur Foundation postdoc

Alicia Blum-Ross is working on the only UK-based project in the MacArthur Foundation’s digital media and learning research network, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She tells Helen Lock that fine-tuning her research led to her dream postdoc.

What is your research about?

I studied visual anthropology, which is a subset of anthropology that looks at visual culture. My PhD involved research on young people and film making, looking at teenagers taking part in educational, film-making projects outside of school and seeing how these projects can be seen as ways in which young people engage in civic debates. So I was already somewhere between anthropology, media and communications, and education studies. I’m still located at the meeting of those three subjects but with a slightly different focus. Now I do ethnographic research on media use, media creation and media learning, particularly among young people. I’m now also looking at the adults in young peoples lives—parents, teachers and mentors.

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