Institution Description: London School of Economics and Political Science is a world centre for advanced social science research. The School is committed to research excellence across the social sciences and the promotion of cutting edge research through cross disciplinary interactions and collaborative links between its Departments, Institutes, and Research Centres and those across Europe and the globe. 16 Nobel prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, the School had the highest percentage of world leading research of any UK university, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence. Two-thirds of LSE staff work in departments ranked in the top five in the country, and 26 per cent work in departments ranked first in the country.

The department of Media and Communications. The aim of LSE’s Media and Communications Department throughout its ten-year history has been to keep pace with rapid changes in media, technology, society and policy demands through dynamic and imaginative research. Results from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise show the department’s research edge is one of the sharpest in the country – with 75 per cent judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. On grade point average, the department is rated third-best in the UK. Several members of the department are pursuing research related to ICTs, Participation and Society that complement this project’s focus on the intersection of ICTs, governance and youth empowerment: significantly, Professor Sonia Livingstone headed up phases one, two and three of the EU Kids Go Online multi-national research project.

LSE will co-lead the major theoretical work package WP2, will lead the qualitative work in relation to youth participation WP8 and will participate in research and policy related work packages (WPs 3, 5, 7 and 10), building on its research excellence and previous experiences in participating in FP5 and FP6 projects.