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Lecturer in Digital Literacies, University of Sheffield

Dr. Fiona Scott is a Lecturer in Digital Literacies in The School of Education at The University of Sheffield. Her research concerns young children and their engagements with digital devices and texts. She is particularly interested in diverse child and family practices and the roles families play in children's interactions with the digital.


  • 2018–present
    Lecturer in Digital Literacies, The University of Sheffield
  • 2017–2018
    Lecturer in Early Childhood, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 2017–2017
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, MakEY Project, The University of Sheffield
  • 2012–2013
    Project Manager, The BIG Energy Upgrade (Management School), The University of Sheffield
  • 2011–2013
    Research Assistant (Department of Psychology), The University of Sheffield
  • 2009–2011
    Research Consultant, Audiences Yorkshire
  • 2007–2009
    Research Associate, Skills Strategy Research


  • 2018 
    The University of Sheffield, PhD Education
  • 2007 
    The University of York, MA Cultures of Empire, Resistance and Postcoloniality
  • 2006 
    The University of York, BA English and Related Literature


  • 2021
    Family Mediation of Preschool Children’s Digital Media Practices at Home, Learning, Media & Technology
  • 2020
    Under Three’s Play with Tablets, Journal of Early Childhood Research
  • 2019
    'Knock, knock, it’s Freddy!’: harnessing young children’s digital and media skills and interests to foster creativity and digital literacy in makerspaces, Media Education Research Journal
  • 2018
    Play and creativity in young children’s use of apps, British Journal of Educational Technology
  • 2018
    Vibrations in Place: Sound and Language in Early Childhood Literacy Practices, Educational Studies
  • 2016
    Digital Play: A New Classification, Early Years
  • 2014
    What do people living in deprived communities in the UK think about household energy efficiency interventions?, Energy Policy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Responsible Innovation in Technology for Children
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    The LEGO Foundation
  • 2019
    Children, Technology and Play
    Funding Source:
    The LEGO Foundation
  • 2003
    Young Children’s Engagement with Television and Related Media in the Digital Age
    Doctoral Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts