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Dr Cristina Costa



Personal statement

Dr Cristina Costa is a Lecturer in Digital Education and SCholarship in the School of Education, Strathclyde University.

Her research focuses on the intersection of education and the participatory web through a sociological lens, especially Pierre Bourdieu’s key concepts.  She is also interested in broader issues regarding the participatory web in the context of a changing society.

Cristina has a research record that links social theory to emerging academic areas such as Technology Enhanced Learning in an attempt to bridge existing gap between theory and practice. This has resulted in researching areas as diverse as Curriculum Innovation, Digital Scholarship, Literacies and e-Health. In 2013 she completed her PhD on the participatory web in the context of academic research: landscapes of change and conflicts.

She is the co-editor of the Social Theory Applied blog/website

She has been an external examiner (Ph.D and Master's Vivas for the Open University in Lisbon and Universidad Europea in Madrid)



Twitter: @cristinacost



Capturing habitus : theory, method and reflexivity
Costa Cristina, Burke Ciaran, Murphy Mark
Westminster Studies in Education, (2017)
Digital literacies for employability- fostering forms of capital online
Costa Cristina, Gilliland Gemma
Revista da UIIPS Vol 5, pp. 186-197, (2017)
Cluster analysis characterization of research trends connecting social media to learning in the United Kingdom
Pereira Ana Lucia, Costa Cristina, Lunardi Jose Tadeu
Revista de Produtos Educacionais e Pesquisas em Ensino Vol 1, pp. 48-58, (2017)
Reconsidering the technologies of intellectual inquiry in curriculum design
Costa Cristina, Harris Lisa
Curriculum Journal, (2017)
Method as theory : (re)exploring the intellectual context of education research
Costa Cristina, Murphy Mark
Theory as Method in ResearchTheory as Method in Research, (2016)
Theorising digital scholarship – introducing the new edition
Costa Cristina, Murphy Mark
Journal of Applied Social theory Vol 1, pp. 1-4, (2016)

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Professional activities

Co-Convenor of the BSA Study Group: Digital Sociology
Digital learning as cultural and social practices
Invited speaker
EU Project Final Conference: L2T Curriculum Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
Personal Learning Environments
Keynote/plenary speaker
Digital Literacies Symposium
Invited speaker
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology
Invited speaker

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Accessing Higher Education: The experiences of ‘estranged students’ beyond entry point
Costa, Cristina (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Dec-2018
Disciplinary literacies in Secondary School Education
Costa, Cristina (Principal Investigator) Ellis, Susan (Co-investigator) McAlister, Clare (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 31-Aug-2021

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