Isabella Rega

Dr Isabella Rega

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  • irega at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic
  • The Loft (P181)
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Isabella Rega holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and an Executive Master degree in Intercultural Communication from the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI). Her PhD dissertation dealt with the role of telecentres in socio-economic development.

She is currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Technologies and Education at CEMP – Centre of Excellence in Media Practice, Media School, Bournemouth University.

Formerly she worked as Post-Doc researcher at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, working on a project about mobile learning for Community Health Workers in Kenya (mCHW). Before moving to UK, Isabella was the executive director of the NewMinE Lab at USI and of the CROSS-FIELD Pro*Doc and has been involved as project manager in several ICT4D projects, focusing on eLearning and access issues, in South Africa, Brazil and Mozambique.

Isabella has worked in telecentres, as researcher and instructor, in Jamaica, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea and South Africa, and collaborated as an online teacher for a distance learning university in Colombia...



My current research agenda is focused on the following topics:

- Mobile Learning in ICT4D contexts - Access to old (rural radio) and new media (internet) through Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique, and the social construction of meaning related to these media.

- Photo-elicitation as an investigative method in ICT4D projects.

- The integration of digital literacy competences in teacher training curricula in disadvantaged settings.

- Digital storytelling in intercultural and intergenerational settings.


Journal Articles

  • Rega, I. and Vannini, S., 2018. Public access venues and community empowerment in Mozambique: A social representation study. Semiotica, 2018 (223), 199-217.
  • Vannini, S., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2018. Editorial. Semiotica.
  • Rega, I. and Inversini, A., 2016. eTourism for Development (eT4D): The Missing Piece in the ICT4D Research Agenda. Information Technologies & International Development, 12 (3).
  • van Zyl, I., Inversini, A. and Rega, I., 2015. The representation of voluntourism in search engines: The case of South Africa. Development Southern Africa.
  • Oliver, M., Geniets, A., Winters, N., Rega, I. and Mbae, S.M., 2015. What do community health workers have to say about their work, and how can this inform improved programme design? A case study with CHWs within Kenya. Global Health Action, 8 (1).
  • Botturi, L. and Rega, I., 2014. Intergenerational Digital Storytelling: four racconti for a new approach. Formazione & Insegnamento. European Journal of Research on Education and Teaching, 2, 211-224.
  • Baia, A., Macueve, G., Rega, I., Cumbula, S.D., Vannini, S. and Cantoni, L., 2014. Social Representations of Multimedia Community Centers (CMC) in Mozambique. Revista de Ciências Socias e Humanas, 23 (3), 95-115.
  • Fanni, F., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Using Self-Efficacy to measure primary school teachers' perception of ICT: results from two studies. International Journal of Education and Development Using Information and Communication Technology, 9 (1), 100-111.
  • Rega, I., Vannini, S., Fino, E. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Exploring the Meanings of Community Multimedia Centers in Mozambique: A Social Representation Perspective. Information Technologies & International Development, 9, pp-35.
  • Vannini, S., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Information and Communication Flows through Community Multimedia Centers: Perspectives from Mozambican Communities. Information Technology for Development, 0, 1-14.
  • Cantoni, L. and Rega, I., 2003. eLearning studies looking for fixed stars: a study on referenced literature in SITE 2001. Studies in Communication Sciences.


  • Cantoni, L., Fanni, F., Rega, I. and Tardini, S., 2009. Fostering Digital Literacy of Primary Teachers in Community Schools: The BET K-12 Experience in Salvador de Bahia. In: Marshall, S., Kinuthia, W. and Taylor, W., eds. Bridging the Knowledge Divide. IAP.


  • Nemer, D. and Rega, I., 2017. Integrating mobile technologies to achieve community development goals: The case of Telecenters in Brazil. 115-124.
  • Inversini, A., Rega, I., Nunes Pereira, I. and Bartholo, R., 2015. The Rise of eTourism for Development. In: ENTER 2015 3-6 March 2015 Lugano.
  • Vannini, S., Rega, I., Sala, S. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Motivations of non-use of telecentres: a qualitative study from Mozambique.
  • Vannini, S., Aguirre-Sanchéz, L., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Images of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: a participatory photo-elicitation study.
  • David, S., Vannini, S., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Co-Designed Improvement Actions in Mozambican Community Multimedia Centres. 1004-1017.
  • Aguirre, L., Vannini, S., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Fictional Characters, real data: Personas depicting Staff and Users of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique. 917-933.
  • Vannini, S., Pucciarelli, M. and Rega, I., 2013. Formal and Informal Learning Practices in Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique.
  • Vannini, S., Rega, I., Sala, S. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Reasons of non-use: a study on Mozambican telecentres. Steyn, J., Van der Vyver, A.G. (eds.), 46-63.
  • Vannini, S. and Rega, I., 2012. Inbound and Outbound Information and Communication flows: Perspectives from Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique. Monash Centre.
  • Rega, I., 2010. Investigating Social Representations of Telecenters: Location does Matter.
  • Rega, I., Fanni, F. and Cantoni, L., 2009. Looking for telecentres sustainbility: the case of the Sustainable Multimedia Telecentre’s project in São Paulo. AACE, 94-101.
  • Cantoni, L., Tardini, S., Rega, I. and Fanni, F., 2007. Teacher and Computer Self Efficacy in Brazilian Community Schools. AACE, 22-28.
  • Rega, I., Cantoni, L., Tardini, S., Olivatto, B., Nery, F., Marques, O. and Fanni, F., 2006. BET K-12: What do Brazilian teachers in disadvantaged schools think of ICTs? In: Achieving Development Goals: Innovation, Learning, Collaboration and Foundations 30 October-3 November 2006 Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Commonwealth of Learning and the Caribbean Consortium
  • Rega, I., Caputo, P., Schettino, P., Milani, C. and Roscetti, A., 2005. The Ecology in Architecture Design Project: Pedagogical, Graphic and Technological Strategic Choices. AACE, 1047-1056.
  • Cantoni, L. and Rega, I., 2004. Looking for fixed stars in the eLearning community: a research on referenced literature in SITE Proceeding Books from 1994 to 2001. AACE, 4697-4704.
  • Rega, I., Petazzi, S., Torrebruno, A. and Paolini, P., 2001. Spontaneous Interaction between Kindergarten Children and Computers. A Case Study of the Project Discetech-Bimbotech. AACE, 1536-1537.


PhD Students

  • Sarah Aly, 2020. The Dynamics of meso-public spheres: Media Usage in Egypt during the Uprisings

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Practice - Creative and Media Education MA
  • Industry - Creative and Media Education MA
  • Pedagogy - Creative and Media Education MA
  • Major Project: Production, Validation and Defence - Media School MA
  • Exhibition - Media School MA
  • Change and Organisational Culture - Media School MA/Professional Courses
  • Intercultural Communication, MA in Media and Communication
  • Pilot Project, Doctorate of Education - Creative and Media
  • Literature Review, Doctorate of Education - Creative and Media

Invited Lectures

  • February 2013: Invited speaker “Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique” at ICT4D Collective, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • November 2012: Invited speaker “Science and Development, Swiss-Colombian Bilateral Relations about Scientific Exchange”, at EPFL – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • October 2012: Invited Trainer “Solidarietà 2.0: potenzialità e limiti dei nuovi social media”, at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana
  • May 2012: Invited lecturer “Intercultural Communication and International Development Projects”, at SUPSI – Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera italiana
  • November 2011: Invited speaker “Annual conference of the North-South Centre – ICT4D. The development impact of information and communication technologies”, at ETH Zurich
  • May 2011: Invited lecturer “Intercultural Communication and International Development Projects”, at SUPSI – Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera italiana


  • Erasmus Plus Mobility Grant to Aahrus University (European Commission, 01 May 2017). In Progress
  • Quantitative Analysis of User Generated Contents: A Study on Informal Learning and Slum Tourism in South Africa (British Academy, 01 Feb 2016). Completed
  • mCHW: The design and evaluation of a mobile learning intervention for the training and supervision of community health workers (Economic and Social Research Council, 01 Dec 2012). Completed
  • CROSS-FertilizatIon betwEen formal and informal Learning through Digital technologies (Swiss National Science Foundation, 01 Sep 2011). Completed
  • RE-ACT: Social REpresentations of community multimedia centres and ACTions for improvement (Swiss National Science Foundation, 01 Jan 2010). Completed
  • Red-Ink: Rethinking Education in the Knowledge Society (Swiss National Science Foundation, 01 Sep 2009). Completed
  • MELISSA: Measuring E-Learning Impact in primary Schools in South African disadvantaged areas (Swiss National Science Foundation, 01 Sep 2008). Completed
  • eGovernment telecentres in the Western Cape region (KFPE, 01 Apr 2006). Completed
  • BET K-12: Brazilian eLearning Teacher Training in K-12 (Swiss National Science Foundation, 01 Sep 2005). Completed
  • Telecentres and Sustainability Issues (Swiss National Science Foundation, 01 Sep 2004). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology, External Examiner
  • University of the Witwatersrand, External Examiner
  • University of Cape Town, External Examiner
  • University of Aarhus, Visiting Scholar


  • PhD in Communication Sciences in Information and Communication Technologies for Dev (2010)



  • IPID, The International Network for PG Students in ICT4D
  • ICT4D Collective at Royal Holloway, University of London
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