This domain looks to the broader contexts in which young people learn, develop and practise identities and come to comprehend the worlds in which they live and will live. Out-of-school and informal learning cultures such as families, social media and popular culture are central to understanding what skills and perspectives people, young and old, bring to their educational experiences.

Our research on social media and fake news explores the role of digital technologies and social networking both on and offline, making the most of our cross-disciplinary networks. It also draws attention to the challenges posed for identities and literacies by the growth of algorithms and the ubiquity of personal digital technologies. Our work in relation to text within a theory of contemporary rhetoric explores multi modality in poetics as well as argument and writing development. Contemporary iterations of gender and sexualities politics are explored in relation to the lives and opportunities of young people, their views and expectations of the future and the ways in which they are able, or not, to present themselves in a range of social contexts.

Contact: Dr Esther Priyadharshini, Dr Harry Dyer