DigiGen- The Impact of Technological Transformations on the Digital Generation

The DigiGen project is developing significant knowledge about how children and young people, a group growing up today often referred to as the Digital Generation, use and are affected by the technological transformations in their everyday lives.  

The Leicester team leads work on 'ICT and Transformations of Civic Participation'.

DigiGen assesses the role of digital transformations in young people’s online political behaviour. The goal is to assess the extent to which young people, in particular those coming from low socio-economic backgrounds and girls, are heard as digital citizens. The project assesses their online political behaviour accounting for socio-economic and gender considerations and their motivations for using digital content and devices to express political opinions and engage in political actions. The goal is to understand young people’s civic participation as linked to their future world of work and as adult citizens.  

The project wants to identify how socio-economic, gender and political culture-related factors influence young people’s online civic participation in three of the consortium countries: UK, Greece and Estonia, and how this might affect them offline. 

Principal Investigator: Athina Karatzogianni

Co-Is: Diane Levine Deputy Director at the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies – adolescents & digital storytelling; Bernhard Forchtner Associate professor Media and Communication – far right & environmental communication; Michael Dunning Lecturer in Sociology – radicalisation; Matt Hart, Lecturer Digital Media – digital youth & mental health; Torsten Geelan, Lecturer School of Business – social media and political economy; Alberto Cossu, Lecturer Media and communication – digital activism and collaborative economies; Jacob Matthews Professor Paris 8 – digital cultural economy.

Contact: Professor Athina Karatzogianni