Divina Frau-Meigs is Professor of media and ICT sociology at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France. She holds degrees from the Sorbonne University, Stanford University and the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania). She is a specialist of Cultural Diversity, Internet Governance and Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as well as a researcher in the media uses and practices of young people. She holds the UNESCO chair “Savoir-devenir in sustainable digital development”. She has authored more than twenty books and many articles in high level peer-reviewed academic journals and has coordinated major research projects, with funding from the French National Research Agency and for European Commission (TRANSLIT, ECO, ECFOLI, RADICALIZATION, FAKENEWS…). She was granted the “Global MIL Award” by UNESCO and Alliance of Civilisations for her MOOC DIY MIL. She has held elected responsibilities with IAMCR (as vice-president (2004-2008), as head of the “media education research section” (2009-15) and with ECREA (among the founders and as a member of the advisory board, 2008–). She currently is the co-chair of the interim committee of the European Chapter of GAPMIL, the Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy.
Sirkku Kotilainen, Ph.D. is professor of media education in the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Finland, where she is leading an international Master’s Degree Program in Digital Literacy Education. She is acting as Chair of the Media Education Research (MER) section at IAMCR. She belongs to the founders of the Finnish Society on Media Education in 2005 (mediaeducation.fi). Her research topics cover digital literacies and media education among children and young people, teacher education and youth work. Recently, her research has been focused on promoting media education among at-risk youth. Currently, she is working with the topic of minors as users of adaptive media (AI) and, she is implementing the EUKIDS Online research / Global Kids Online 2018 together with the Finnish Research Team.
Manisha Pathak-Shelat is Professor of Communication & Digital Platforms and Strategies at MICA, Ahmedabad, India. She also chairs MICA’s Center for Development Management and Communication. Prof. Pathak-Shelat has taught and worked as media consultant/trainer and researcher in India, Thailand, and the US. She has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and in Education from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Prof. Pathak-Shelat’s special interests are communication for social change, new media, civic engagement, transcultural citizenship, young people’s media cultures, intersection of civic, popular, and consumer cultures, media literacy, and gender. Broadly, her research over the years has addressed the question of how ordinary individuals engage with media to experience agency, to explore identities, and to participate in social change. Currently she serves as the editor of the Journal of Creative Communications published by MICA and Sage and as the vice-chair of the Media Education Research (MER) Section, IAMCR.
Stuart R. Poyntz is Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University. His research addresses young people’s media cultures and media education, theories of public life and urban youth media production. He has published three books and is currently Principal Investigator of the SSHRC-funded research project, Youthsites: Charting the non-formal arts learning sector in creative lives. He has published widely in national and international peer-reviewed journals, including Popular Culture, Journal of Children and Media, Cultural Studies, Journal of Youth Studies, Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Education, and in various edited collections.
Michael Hoechsmann is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University (Orillia). His research focuses on digital and media literacies, cultural studies and education in formal and non-formal settings. He is a co-Investigator on two SSHRC (Canada) funded research grants: “Youthsites: Charting the non-formal arts learning sector in creative lives” and “Social Media, Citizen Participation and Education.” His most recent co-edited books include Democracy 2.0: Media, Political Literacy and Critical Engagement (Brill 2018) and Education for Democracy 2.0: Changing Frames of Media Literacy (Brill 2019). He is a board member of Media Smarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.