Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons joined the department of Media and Communication in 2003.   Previously she had been a part time tutor teaching at Nottingham Trent University where she was also completing her PHD.  The doctorate reflects a main research interest in the field of sexualities in particular sexual citizenship and immigration.  A second area of research is more broadly related to citizenship and new media, in particular how blogs can be used by citizens to raise issues in their community.  She has been engaged in pilot research project funded by the University of Leicester College of Social Science Research Development Fund (with Dr Pailitha Edirisingha), called ‘Participatory E-Learning: Interactivity, Community and Networking Spaces’.  This project explores how students are using a range web 2.0 tools and platforms as part of their formal and informal learning.   In addition, this project also seeks to evaluate levels of web literacy and critical engagement with information on-line as part of the way students learn. She is also currently a co-investigator for the ESRC seminar series: ‘Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights’ (RES-451-26-0849) 2011-13.

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