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Senior research fellow, Edith Cowan University

Donell’s research expertise involves children and young peoples’ internet use, with particular reference to everyday use in the family home.

She is an experienced ethnographer who has expertise in working with very young children and their families developing new qualitative strategies and methods for researching with pre-verbal and early-verbal children.

She is a chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council research projects, Toddlers and Tablets investigating touchscreen use of 0-5 year olds and The Internet of Toys: Benefits and risks of connected toys for children.

Donell is also closely involved in DigiLitEY COST Action, IS1410 activities and acts as a co-chair on Working Group 1: Digital literacy in homes and communities and is an active member of Working Group 4: Online/offline practices (with expertise in the area of connected-toys).

She is lead author of the 2013 publication Zero to Eight: Young Children and their Internet Use, a foundational publication in the area of very young children’s internet use and has authored or co-authored of over 50 book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles or published refereed conference proceedings.


  • –present
    Research Scholar (families and the internet), Edith Cowan University


  • 2010 
    Edith Cowan University, PhD Communications