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List of references (relating mainly to studies)


Latest publications

Loos, E., Haddon, L. and Mante-Meijer, E. (eds) (2012) Generational Use of New Media, Ashgate. Aldershot.

Livingstone, S., Haddon, L. and Görzig, A. (eds) (2012) Children, risk and safety online: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective, Bristol: Policy Press. 

Full list of Leslie Haddon's publications and presentations

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Leisure Interests

Hungarian folk dancing: The Balaton dance group

Eastern European folk dancing: The Doina dance group

Dr Leslie Haddon

Leslie Haddon is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications


Leslie received a degree from Cambridge (Kings) in Social and Political Sciences, an MA in Contemporary Cultural Studies from Birmingham and a PhD on the origins and popularity of the home computer from London (Imperial). After his degree he obtained a teaching qualification (PGCE) and taught sociology in Bournville College of Further Education in Birmingham for five years.

 On completing his doctorate he was mainly based at Sussex University for ten years, first as a researcher on a project with Alan Cawson and Ian Miles looking at the social shaping of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), then working with Roger Silverstone on the domestication of ICTs, focusing initially on teleworkers, lone parents and the young elderly. After 2000 Leslie was mainly based at the LSE, although he also conducted research for the Digital World Research Centre at Surrey University (reviewing the telepresence literature) and for the Oxford Internet Institute (interviewing people about their experiences of email and spam).

Until 2015 Leslie was a senior researcher working with Sonia Livingstone on the EU Kids Online project  and he worked for two years on the Net Children Go Mobile project. He teaches the course 'Media, Technology and Everyday Life' at the LSE.

Key publications


  • Haddon, L. (1988) 'The Home Computer: The Making of a Consumer Electronic', in Science as Culture, No.2, pp.7-51.
  • Haddon, L. (1992) 'Explaining ICT Consumption: The Case of the Home Computer', in Silverstone, R. and Hirsch, E. (eds) Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic Spaces, Routledge, London, pp. 82-96.
  • Haddon, L. (1999) 'The Development of Interactive Games', in Mackay, H. and O'Sullivan, T. (eds) The Media Reader: Continuity and Transformation, Sage, London, pp.305-27.

Social shaping of ICTs:

  • Cawson, A., Haddon, L. and Miles, I. (1995) The Shape of Things to Consume: Bringing Information Technology into the Home, Avebury, London.


  • Silverstone, R. and Haddon, L. (1996) 'Design and the Domestication of Information and Communication Technologies: Technical Change and Everyday Life', in Silverstone, R. and Mansell, R (eds) Communication by Design. The Politics of Information and Communication Technologies, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 44-74.
  • Haddon, L (2000) 'Social Exclusion and Information and Communication Technologies: Lessons from Studies of Single Parents and the Young Elderly', New Media and Society, Vol.2, No.4, pp.387-406.
  • Haddon, L. (2005) 'Empirical Studies using the Domestication Framework', in Berker, T, Hartmann, M., Punie, Y. and Ward, K. (eds) Domestication of Media and Technologies, Open University Press, Maidenhead, pp.103-22.
  • Haddon, L. (2006) 'The Contribution of Domestication Research to In-Home Computing and Media Consumption', The Information Society, Vol. 22, pp.195-203.
  • Haddon, (2011) ‘Domestication Analysis, Objects of Study, and the Centrality of Technologies in Everyday Life’, Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 36, 311-323

EU Kids Online:

Net Children Go Mobile:

Commercial research

During that 1990s Leslie was for seven years co-editor of a trade journal 'The Intelligent Home'. Over the past 20 years he had undertaken numerous and diverse commercial research projects (e.g. organising focus groups on home automation, jointly writing an 'Innovator's Handbook', looking at disability and telework, conducting research for the Integer project that was developing 'green and intelligent homes', interviewing people about the take-up of cable TV and the later the early adoption and non-adoption of the internet, conducting literature reviews on social issues relating to ICTs, examining how people budget when using mobile phones and interviewing children about their particular experiences of mobile phones).

Key publications

Design of ICTs:

  • Haddon, L (2002) 'Information and Communication Technologies and the Role of Consumers in Innovation', in McMeekin, A., Green, K., Tomlinson, M. and Walsh, V. (eds) Innovation by Demand: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Demand and its Role in Innovation, Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 151-67.

Various projects and literature reviews:

International networks and projects

In the mid-1990s Leslie was part of the ACTs-FAIR project reviewing European telematics programmes for the EC and in the late-90s he was part the of an EC project looking at the users who were envisaged by ICT designers and the broader adoption of Design for All principles.  He helped devise and analyse a five-country survey of ICT use in Europe in the mid-90s, funded by Telecom Italia. In 2000 he participated in the EURESCOM (European trade association for telecoms) project looking at European attitudes to ICTs and was subsequently involved in research for UMTS Forum (Mobile phone trade association). At the same time he was on the steering committee of and wrote a chapter for the EC funded e-Living project. More recently he was one of the experts working for the EC, evaluating whether internet companies had met their commitments about safer internet principles.

Leslie has been a visiting researcher at TeleDenmark (Denmark), Chalmers (Sweden) and Hallym University (South Korea). Since the 1990s he has participated in the EMTEL research network European Media, Technology and Everyday Life Network, (1994-7) and three European COST Actions: COST248 (The Future Telecommunications User, 1992-7), COST269 (User Aspects of ICTs, 1999-2004) and COST298 (Participation in the Broadband Society, 2006-10).

Key publications

5-country study:


  •  Haddon, L. and Brynin, M. (2005) 'The Character of Telework and the Characteristics of Teleworkers', New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol.20, No.1. 
  • Brynin , M. and Haddon, L. (2007) 'What Does Telework Tell Us About Teleworkers?', in Anderson, B., Brynin, M, Gershuny, J. and Raban, J. (eds) Information and Communication Technologies in Society, Routledge, London, , pp.222-32.

Korea visit:

  • Haddon, L. and Kim, S-D. (2007) 'Mobile Phones and Web-based Social Networking - Emerging Practices in Korea with Cyworld', The Journal of the Communications Network. Vol.6, No.1, January-March.

Children and mobile phones

  • Ling, R. and Haddon, L. (2008) 'Mobile Emancipation: Children, Youth and the Mobile Phone', in Dortner, K. and Livingstone, L. (eds) International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture, Sage, London, pp.137-51.
  • Haddon, L. and Vincent, J. (2009) 'Children's Broadening Use of Mobile Phones', in Goggin, G. and Hjorth, L. (eds) Mobile Technologies: From Telecommunications to Media, Routledge, London, pp.37-49. 
  • Haddon L. and Ólafsson, K. (2014) 'Children and the mobile internet', in Goggin, G. and Hjorth, L. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media, Abingdon, Routledge, pp, 300-311.


  • Haddon, L. and Kommonen, K-H (2005) 'Interdisciplinary Explorations: A Dialogue between a Sociologist and a Design Group', in Haddon, L. (Ed.) International Collaborative Research. Cross-cultural Differences and Cultures of Research, COST, Brussels
  • Haddon, L, Mante, E., Sapio, B., Kommonen, K-H, Fortunati, L and Kant, A (eds) (2005) Everyday Innovators, Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs, Springer, Dordrect.
    Table of contents 
  • Loos, E., Haddon, L. and Mante-Meijer, E. (eds) (2008) The Social Dynamics of Information and Communications Technology, Ashgate. Aldershot.
  • Loos, E., Haddon, L. and Mante-Meijer, E. (eds) (2012) Generational Use of New Media, Ashgate. Aldershot. 
    Table of contents

Series Editor

Leslie Haddon and Nicola Green were the series editors for the 'New Media' series of textbooks from Berg (subsequently Bloomsbury) . The titles in this series are:




 Leslie Haddon



Contemporary internet cover



Mobile Comms book cover



Everyday Innovators cover



ICTs book cover