CDW Distinguished Speakers Series feat. Professor Ellen Helsper


Tue Feb 21 2023 at 02:30 pm to 04:00 pm


IT University of Copenhagen | Copenhagen , SK

The CDW proudly presents another distinguished speaker in our row of lectures on digital welfare at the IT-University of Copenhagen.
About this Event

About the Talk

Inequalities in access to and skills in manging digital technologies have been researched and discussed in quite a bit of depth over the past two decades. These inequalities are often reflect historical inequalities between countries and between people from different socio-economic and socio-cultural backgrounds. This talk will discuss two topics that are less well researched. The first one, increasingly grabbing headlines, centres on non-instrumental, well-being outcomes resulting from digitisation of our everyday lives. Unlike these attention grabbing headlines a more nuanced approach will be taken here to look at inequalities in who benefits and suffers socially and psychologically from digitisation. The second are of interest here is related and similarly under-researched, which is looking at inequalities in the participation in digital spaces and the ways that people experience these. Most common explanations range from differences between individuals from different backgrounds in digital literacy to algorithmic bias. In this talk, I will take a socio-digital ecology approach in explaining the differences in perceptions and experiences, looking at people’s everyday lived realities (on and offline) for explanations.

About the Speaker

Ellen Helsper is Professor of Digital Inequalities in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she also serves as Programme Director for the MSc Media and Communications (Research). Her current research interests include the links between social and digital inequalities; mediated interpersonal communication; participatory immersive digital spaces (VR, ER); and quantitative and qualitative methodological developments in media and communications research.

About the Center for Digital Welfare

During the past decades, states worldwide and their citizens have undergone digitalization to varying, but most often vast degrees. In the case of the Nordic countries, the digitalization process has entailed a thorough reworking of the provision of welfare services, in many ways transforming the basic premise for individuals to access privileges and take part in the welfare society. The CDW was established to study the process and its consequences as a collective of interdisciplinary researchers and industrial practitioners exploring what it means to govern and live in a welfare society post digitalization.

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Where is it happening?

IT University of Copenhagen, 7 Rued Langgaards Vej, Copenhagen , Denmark

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