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Professor Julian Sefton-Green

Professor Julian Sefton-Green has worked in many countries researching young people and family use of digital technology in everyday life. His research is mainly ethnographic, focussing on socially marginalised communities, social inequality and the powerful ways that people demonstrate ingenuity, creativity and resistance often when education systems are stacked against them.

As a Co-leader of the Connected Child program, Julian is interested in ways that data now intervenes in family life, and how government and business shape life opportunities for children. He hopes to influence how people can learn to take control in digital environments, and how governments and education systems can promote equality and diversity.

Julian is currently co-leading a study with the University of Utrecht on the reimagining of young people’s understanding of learning; and is also co-directing a study of long-term impacts of out-of-school arts learning on life chances funded by the Wallace Foundation. Julian is extensively published – he has authored, co-authored and edited 18 books, including a recent chapter on how children’s play and learning have evolved in the digital age. Julian is currently a visiting Professor at the Playful Learning Centre, University of Helsinki (Finland).



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