Dr Ellen Helsper is Associate Professor in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. Her current research interests include the links between social and digital inequalities; exclusion from and within digital spaces; mediated interpersonal communication; and methodological innovation in quantitative and qualitative media and communications research.
At the moment she is involved in the From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes; the Network Effects in Digital Inequalities and the Global Kids Online projects. She consults widely for governments, the third and commercial sector around the world on issues to do with citizen and client (dis)engagement in increasingly digital societies.
Ellen holds Visiting Scholar positions at the USC Annenberg School, NYU, Microsoft Research, the University of Twente, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and CETIC.br. She has an MSc degree in Media Psychology from Utrecht University and has worked in Latin America and the US in commercial market and audience research.
Other studies she has been involved in include the development of a National Index for Digital Inclusion in Britain as well as evaluating BBC Media Action programming, and the following consultancy and research projects: Socio-digital Skills of Disadvantaged Young People; World Internet Project, Online Advertising and Children; Wisekids Wales; Youth at risks and ICTs; Social Impacts of ICT; Net Addiction; Me, My Spouse and the Internet; and Online Gambling.