"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more
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Heather is an Associate Project Scientist at the University of California, Irvine (UCHRI) who conducted research during the Digital Youth Project as a Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Berkeley.
Before joining the Digital Youth project, Heather received her PhD in Anthropology from University College London. Her thesis, entitled "Back a Yaad: Constructions of Home Among Jamaica's Return Migrant Community" examined the role of material culture in the process of return migration and community development. After completing her dissertation, she returned to Jamaica to examine development, new information and communication technologies and the 'digital divide' as part of a large-scale DFID-funded project entitled "Information Society: Emergent Technologies and Development in the South" which compared the relationship between ICTs and development in Ghana, India, Jamaica and South Africa. Her book with Daniel Miller entitled "The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication" (Oxford and NY: Berg, 2006) explores the specific implications of the cell phone and the cell phone industry in rural and urban Jamaica.
Heather's research on the digital youth project extended her interests in the materiality of information and communication technologies as well as relationships of power and access. Her research in Silicon Valley examines the role of technology in middle class families in Silicon Valley. She also worked with Laura Robinson on modes of exchange between participants on Neopets.com.
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