Digital Participation through Social Living Labs

Digital Participation through Social Living Labs

Valuing Local Knowledge, Enhancing Engagement

1st Edition - August 14, 2017

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  • Editors: Michael Dezuanni, Marcus Foth, Kerry Mallan, Hilary Hughes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020609
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020593

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Digital Participation through Social Living Labs connects two largely separate debates: On the one hand, high speed internet access and associated technologies are often heralded as a means to bring about not only connectivity, but also innovation, economic development, new jobs, and regional prosperity. On the other hand, community development research has established that access by itself is necessary but not sufficient to foster digital participation for the broadest possible range of individuals. Edited by leading scholars from the fields of education, youth studies, urban informatics, librarianship, communication technology, and digital media studies, this book is positioned as a link to connect these debates. It brings together an international collection of empirically grounded case studies by researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds. They advance knowledge that fosters digital participation by identifying the specific digital needs, issues and practices of different types of communities as they seek to take advantage of access to digital technologies. Collectively, these cases propose new ways for enabling residents to develop their digital confidence and skills both at home and in their local community, particularly through a ‘social living labs’ approach. The book is organised around key focus areas: digital skills enhancement, youth entrepreneurship, connected learning, community digital storytelling, community-led digital initiatives and policy development.

Key Features

  • Highlights that high speed internet is necessary that high speed internet access is necessary but not sufficient to resolve digital divides and foster social inclusion;
  • Brings together international, empirically grounded case studies to identify digital needs, issues and practices of different communities, and contextualises these with expert comment;
  • Presents contributions from multiple disciplines, with most chapters incorporating more than one disciplinary background;
  • Gives insight on the place of the digital in contemporary society;
  • Illustrates the innovative potential of social living labs to foster digital learning and participation in a variety of community contexts.


Postgraduate students and researchers in library and information science, digital media studies, community development/community informatics, and education; final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in library and information science and allied disciplines; think tanks, policy makers, government and non governmental organisations, and industry involved with information, such as, for example, open government initiatives and digital participation initiatives

Table of Contents

  • 1. Social Living Labs for Digital Participation and Connected Learning
    2. Cultivating (Digital) Capacities: A Role for Social Living Labs?
    3. Digital Participation Through Artistic Intervention
    4. Going Digital: Integrating Digital Technologies in Local Community Initiatives
    5. The School as a Living Lab < The Case of Kaospilot
    6. Mixhaus: Dissolving Boundaries With a Community Makerspace
    7. Empowerment Through Making: Lessons for Sustaining and Scaling Community Practices
    8. Mapping a Connected Learning Ecology to Foster Digital Participation in Regional Communities
    9. Connecting Digital Participation and Informal Language Education: Home Tutors and Migrants in an Australian Regional Community
    10. Pittsworth Stories: Developing a Social Living Lab for Digital Participation in a Rural Australian Community
    11. Urban Communities as Locations for Health, Media Literacy and Civic Voice
    12. Including the Rural Excluded: Digital Technology and Diverse Community Participation
    13. Digital Storytelling for Community Participation: The Storyelling Social Living Lab
    14. From the Inside: An Interview With the ‘Storyelling.’ Group
    15. Vancouver Youthspaces: A Political Economy of Digital Learning Communities
    16. Policy Experiments and the Digital Divide: Understanding the Context of Internet Adoption in Remote Aboriginal Communities
    17. Effective Digital Participation: Differences in Rural and Urban Areas and Ways Forward
    18. Gateways to Digital Participation: The Rhetorical Function of Local Government Websites

Product details

  • No. of pages: 382
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2017
  • Published: August 14, 2017
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020609
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020593

About the Editors

Michael Dezuanni

Michael Dezuanni is Deputy Director of Queensland University of Technology’s Children and Youth Research Centre, and member of QUT’s Digital Media Technology Research Centre. undertakes research and teaching in the field of digital cultures and education, which includes film and media education, digital literacies and Arts education. The aim of both his teaching and research is to explore the most effective, productive and meaningful ways for individuals to gain knowledge and understanding of the media and technologies in their lives.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Director of the Digital Media Research Centre, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Marcus Foth

Marcus Foth is founder and director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, i/Director of the QUT Design Lab, and Professor in Interactive & Visual Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Marcus’ research focuses on the relationships between people, place and technology. He leads a cross-disciplinary team that develops practical approaches to complex urban problems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Urban Informatics, QUT Design Lab, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Kerry Mallan

Kerry Mallan is a Research Professor in the Faculty of Education at QUT. Her work is cross-disciplinary with a focus on children’s literature, youth and popular culture, digital media texts and practices. Kerry was the founding director of the Children and Youth Research Centre at QUT.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Hilary Hughes

Hilary Hughes is Coordinator for the MEd (Teacher-Librarianship) at QUT. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on information experience and informed learning in culturally diverse contexts and learning space design. In 2010, she was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at University of Colorado Denver, where she supported librarians and academics in developing informed learning strategies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

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