Dr Diane Thembekile Levine

Deputy Director, Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies

Dr Diane Thembekile Levine Photo

Location: 128 Regent Rd

Email: dtl6@leicester.ac.uk

Research Gate: http://bit.ly/2KRC6Y3

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0790-4518

Personal details

· BA (QTS) in Education and Music (Warwick)

· MA (by research) (Warwick)

· MA in Research Methods (Warwick)

· PhD (Warwick)

· Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Research interests

My research is focused on understanding the ways in which children and adolescents survive and thrive when life is challenging, particularly in a digital world. This is sometimes called ‘resilience’. I take a multisystemic approach to understanding resilience, in effect this means that resilience is not the responsibility solely of an individual, or wholly an inherent character trait, but resilience pathways arise and are travelled through the interplay of many systems, all of which themselves require resilience enablers. I align myself with the Africa(n)-aligned/Africa(n)-centred research movement, as most of my research is located in, and carried out with, Africans (primarily South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda), who are vastly under-represented in most literatures on childhood and adolescence. I began my career as a primary school teacher, and was then in civil service for over a decade before completing my PhD, and as a result I have been – and continue to be - committed to social change through education and evidence-informed policy.

Externally-funded research projects:

Grant title

Funder

Role

Year

Total budget

Positive adaptation to compound risk: Learning about mental health resilience from African emerging adults (with Prof Linda Theron, Pretoria; Dr Sadiyya Haffejee, Johannesburg; Prof Michael Ungar, Dalhousie)

British Academy

PI

2021

£50,000

Covid in Cartoons: Empowering an inclusive and thick narrative of the crisis by promoting cultural literacy and diversity skills amongst young people (PI: Dr Fransiska Louwagie; with partners ShoutOutUK and Cartooning for Peace

AHRC

Co-I

2021

£340,000

Child, youth and family wellbeing in a digital world (with Alison Page, Dr Michelle O’Reilly, Prof Effie Lai-Chong Law)

Internet Matters (consultancy)

PI

2021

£10,000

Digital storytelling and youth resilience in South Africa (with Prof Linda Theron, Pretoria; Prof Michael Ungar, Dalhousie)

British Academy Newton Fund

PI

2018

£20,000

Rutherford Fund Strategic Partnership Grant & Workshop (PI: Prof Lisa Smith)

BEIS/UUKi

Co-I

2018

£46,000

DigiGen: The impact of technological transformations on the digital generation (UK PI: Prof Athina Karatzogianni)

H2020

Co-I

2020

£1,000,000

CoMaCH: Co-designing community-based ICT interventions to enhance maternal and child health in South Africa (PI: Dr Melissa Densmore, Cape Town and Dr Nervo Verdezoto Dias, Cardiff; range of partners from University of Limpopo and beyond)

Global Challenges Research Fund

Co-I

2020

£150,000

Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders in Guyana’s Jails: 1825 to the Present Day (PI: Prof Clare Anderson; Dr Melissa Ifill, Guyana)

Global Challenges Research Fund

MEL

2018

£1,200,000

 

Selected internally-funded awards

Grant title

Funder

Role

Year

Total budget

Perceptions of safety and resilience: mapping the environmental experiences of children living in Orange Farm township (Co-PI: Dr Sarah Johnson)

GCRF (Research England)

Co-PI

2021

£8,000

Political Cartooning and Peace-Building in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts (PI: Dr Fransiska Louwagie, with Africartoons, Dr Betty Mwiti, Dr Ingrid Bamberg, Tache d’Encre)

GCRF (Research England)

CoI

2021

£10,000

Air quality and youth resilience in South Africa (PI: Prof Martin Tobin, with Dr Caradee Wright, SAMRC)

GCRF (Research England)

CoI

2020

£17,000

South African Youth resilience during COVID-19 (with Prof Linda Theron)

GCRF (Research England)

PI

2020

£17,000

Building collaborations in Kenya and South Africa (with Dr Sadiyya Haffejee and Prof Grace Wamue Ngare)

College Research Development Fund

PI

2019

£4,000


 

Teaching

Office hours: I operate an 'open office' system. Please email me directly for an appointment.

· SY3091: Education and Social Justice (module convener)

· SY3043: Introduction to Second Language Teaching (module convener)

· M-Level supervision (MSc in Educational Leadership)

· Supervision of PhD students

· PGR methods workshop delivery (University of Pretoria)


Publications

Peer review journal articles

1. Katz, C., Priolo Filho, S.R., Korbin, J., Bérubé, A., Fouché, A., Haffejee, S., Kaawa-Mafigiri, D.,

Levine, D.T., Maguire-Jack, K., Muñoz, P., Spilsbury, J., Tarabulsy, G., Tiwari, A., Truter, E., Varela, N., (2020) Child Maltreatment in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Proposed Global Framework on Research, Policy and Practice, Child Abuse & Neglect, DOI

2. Haffejee, S., Levine, D.T. (2020) ‘When will I be free’: Lessons from COVID-19 for Child Protection in South Africa, Child Abuse and Neglect, 110(2), 104715 DOI

3. O’Reilly, M., Morton, J., Levine, D.T., (2020), Child Safety in England and Wales during COVID-19 pandemic, Child Abuse and Neglect, 110(2), 104668, DOI

4. Theron, L.T., Levine, D.T., Ungar, M., (2020), African emerging adult resilience: The importance of self and family, Emerging Adulthood, 9(4), 360–371 DOI

5. O’Reilly, M., Levine, D.T., Law, E., (2020) Applying a ‘digital ethics of care’ philosophy to understand children’s sense of responsibility on social media, Pastoral Care in Education, 39:2, 91-107, DOI

6. Levine, D.T., (2019) Troubling the discourse: applying Valsiner’s Zones to adolescent girls’ use of digital technologies. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 28:4, 435-446, DOI

7. Levine, D.T., Stekel, D.J. (2016) ‘So why have you added me?’ Adolescent girls' technology-mediated attachments and relationships, Computers in Human Behavior, 63, p.g. 25-34, DOI

8. Levine, D.T., Edwards, C. (2014) Attachment, adolescent girls and technology: a new marriage of ideas and implications for youth work practice, Youth and Policy, Vol 112

9. Papatraianou, L., Levine, D.T., West, D. (2014) Resilience in the face of cyberbullying: an ecological perspective on young people’s experiences of online adversity. Pastoral Care in Education, Vol 32, Issue 4, pp. 264-283, DOI

 

Books and Textbooks

1. O’Reilly, M., Dogra, N., Levine, D.T., Donoso, V. (2021). Digital media and child and adolescent mental health: A practical guide to understanding the evidence. London: Sage.

2. Page, A., Levine, D., Lincoln, H., Held, K. (2020) Oxford International Computing, Oxford University Press

3. Page, A., Levine, D., Bizior, A., Bunce, S. (2017) Matrix Computing for 11-14, Oxford University Press, Oxford

4. Page, A., Levine, D.T., Held, K., (2015) Oxford International Primary Computing Series: A project based approach to primary computing, Oxford University Press

 

Recent reports and Working Papers

1. Levine, D.T., Page, A., Law, E.L., O’Reilly, M. (August 2021) Child and Family Wellbeing in a Digital World, Internet Matters, internetmatters.org https://www.internetmatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Internet-Matters-Wellbeing-In-A-Digital-World-1.pdf

2. Ayllón, S., Barbovschi, M., Casamassima, G., Drossel, K., Eickelmann, B., Ghețău, C., Haragus, T.P., Holmarsdottir, H.B., Hyggen, C., Kapella, O., Karatzogianni, A., Lado, S., Levine, D.T., Lorenz, T., Mifsud, L., Parsanoglou, D., Port, S., Sisask, M., Symeonaki, M., & Teidla-Kunitsõn, G. (2020). ICT usage across Europe: A literature review and an overview of existing data.

https://www.digigen.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/DigiGen_ICT-usage-across-Europe_a-literature-review-and-an-overview-of-existing-data.pdf

Service

2021 – present: Invited member: UK Child Internet Safety Digital Resilience Working Group

2020 – present: Editorial Board Member: Child Abuse and Neglect

2013 – present: Journals review: Youth and Society; Computers in Human Behavior; Social Science and Medicine; New Media and Society, British Journal of Educational Technology; Technology, Pedagogy and Education.

2009 – present: Funding bodies review: ESRC Peer Review College, Newton Fund, British Council, GCRF Peer Review College

2007 – 2011: National Research Group member: Training and Development Agency; National College for School Leadership; UK Council for Child Internet Safety Evidence Group, cross-government Serious Games Group

 

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