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Isabella Rega holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and an Executive Master degree in Intercultural Communication from the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI). Her PhD dissertation dealt with the role of telecentres in socio-economic development.

She is currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Technologies and Education at CEMP - Centre of Excellence in Media Practice, Media School, Bournemouth University.

Formerly she worked as Post-Doc researcher at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, working on a project about mobile learning for Community Health Workers in Kenya (mCHW). Before moving to UK, Isabella was the executive director of the NewMinE Lab at USI and of the CROSS-FIELD Pro*Doc and has been involved as project manager in several ICT4D projects, focusing on eLearning and access issues, in South Africa, Brazil and Mozambique.

Isabella has worked in telecentres, as researcher and instructor, in Jamaica, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea and South Africa, and collaborated as an online teacher for a distance learning university in Colombia.

She co-founded Associazione seed, a non profit organisation promoting the use of educational technologies in the non profit sector.

She is also member of IPID, The International Network for PG Students in ICT4D and the ICT4D Collective at Royal Holloway, University of London, of IDIA and of IFIP9.4 Europe.

Isabella is keen to supervise PG students in the following areas:
- ICT4D: Information and Communication Technologies for Development
- Social Representation Theory, (new) media, and development
- Public Access Places to ICT in disadvantaged settings
- Digital Storytelling
- Digital Literacy, especially in underprivileged contexts
- eTourism for Development

Research

My current research agenda is focused on the following topics:

- Mobile Learning in ICT4D contexts
- Access to old (rural radio) and new media (internet) through Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique, and the social construction of meaning related to these media.
- Photo-elicitation as an investigative method in ICT4D projects.
- The integration of digital literacy competences in teacher training curricula in disadvantaged settings.
- Digital storytelling in intercultural and intergenerational settings.

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Grants

Outreach & engagement