Ellen Helsper’s work focuses on understanding the relationships between digital and social inequalities, the links between general vulnerability and online marginalization amongst younger and older generations. In addition, She does research in and consult on modelling the use of social media based on people’s individual characteristics and offline networks and new media audiences. Currently, she is doing that through work on three large academic research projects: the From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes Project (DiSTO – http://www.lse.ac.uk/media-and-communications/research/research-projects/disto), The LATAM and Global Kids Online Projects (globalkidsonline.net) and the World Internet Project (www.worldinternetproject.net).
Ellen is also the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in Media and Communications from 2009, and Associate Editor at the Communication Theory Journal which focuses on the (social) psychology of media and communications, digital media, interpersonal communication and methodological developments in media and communications research.
Ellen Helsper is involved in international collaborations with universities in Brazil, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Sweden, the US. Besides she is a consultant with a number of different companies and organisations, the BBC, the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education, Ofcom, UK Online Centres, and UNESCO, just to name a few.