Isabella Rega

Dr Isabella Rega

  • Associate Professor in Digital Media for Social Change
  • The Loft (P181)
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Biography

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...

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Research

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.

Favourites

Journal Articles

  • Medrado, A. and Rega, I., 2021. The stepping into visibility model: Mapping out visibility journeys and their consequences for mediactivists from the global south. Comunicacao Midia e Consumo, 18 (52), 220-251.
  • Rega, I. and Medrado, A., 2021. The Stepping into Visibility Model: reflecting on consequences of social media visibility–a Global South perspective. Information Communication and Society.
  • Inversini, A., Williams, N.L., Rega, I. and Samakovlis, I., 2020. Modelling Twitter conversations in #favela towards the conceptualization of the eVoice of the unheard. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 18 (4), 529-551.
  • Inversini, A., Rega, I. and van Zyl, I., 2020. Internet representations of voluntourism fail to effectively integrate tourism and volunteering. Tourism Geographies, 22 (1), 1-21.
  • 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, 173-175.
  • Rega, I. and Inversini, A., 2016. eTourism for Development (eT4D): The Missing Piece in the ICT4D Research Agenda. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 12 (3), 19-24.
  • Vannini, S., Rega, I., Sala, S. and Cantoni, L., 2015. Using photo-elicitation to explore social representations of community multimedia centers in Mozambique. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 67 (1).
  • van Zyl, I., Inversini, A. and Rega, I., 2015. The representation of voluntourism in search engines: The case of South Africa. Development Southern Africa.
  • Vannini, S., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2015. Information and Communication Flows through Community Multimedia Centers: Perspectives from Mozambican Communities. Information Technology for Development, 21 (1), 85-98.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cantoni, L. and Rega, I., 2012. Rethinking education in the knowledge society J.UCS special issue. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 18 (3), 312-313.
  • Rega, I. and Fanni, F., 2012. Measuring primary schools teachers' perception of ICT through self-efficacy: A case study. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 18 (3), 410-428.
  • Cantoni, L. and Rega, I., 2003. eLearning studies looking for fixed stars: a study on referenced literature in SITE 2001. Studies in Communication Sciences.

Chapters

  • Vannini, S. and Rega, I., 2020. MOBILE INFORMATION LITERACY AND PUBLIC ACCESS IN THE ERA OF POST-TRUTH. Critical Mobile Pedagogy Cases of Digital Technologies and Learners at the Margins. Routledge.
  • McDougall, J. and Rega, I., 2020. Media learning, known unknowns and rich intersections. The Handbook of Media Education Research. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Inversini, A. and Rega, I., 2020. Digital communication and tourism for development. Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change. 667-677.
  • Rega, I., 2019. Local Public Access Centers. Encyclopedia of Media Literacy. Wiley.
  • 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.

Conferences

  • Vannini, S., Nemer, D. and Rega, I., 2017. Integrating mobile technologies to achieve community development goals: The case of Telecenters in Brazil. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, Part F128532, 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.
  • David, S., Vannini, S., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Co-Designed Improvement Actions in Mozambican Community Multimedia Centres. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. Into the Future: Themes, insights and agendas for ICT4D research and practice, 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. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. Into the Future: Themes, insights and agendas for ICT4D research and practice, 917-933.
  • Vannini, S., Pucciarelli, M. and Rega, I., 2013. Formal and Informal Learning Practices in Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Swiss Society for Research in Education – SSRE 2013.
  • Vannini, S., Rega, I., Sala, S. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Motivations of non-use of telecentres: a qualitative study from Mozambique. Proceedings: 2013 Pre-ICIS Workshop of the AIS SIG on ICT & Global Development (GlobDev).
  • Vannini, S., Rega, I., Sala, S. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Reasons of non-use: a study on Mozambican telecentres. Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions. Proceedings of the 7th International Development Informatics Conference IDIA 2013, 46-63 Steyn, J., Van der Vyver, A.G. (eds.).
  • Vannini, S., Aguirre-Sanchéz, L., Rega, I. and Cantoni, L., 2013. Images of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: a participatory photo-elicitation study. Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries.
  • Vannini, S. and Rega, I., 2012. Inbound and Outbound Information and Communication flows: Perspectives from Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique. Proceedings of the 9th Community Informatics Conference: Ideals meet Reality Monash Centre.
  • Fanni, F., Tardini, S., Rega, I., Cantoni, L. and Van Zyl, I., 2010. Investigating perception changes in teachers attending ICT curricula through self-efficacy. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series.
  • 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. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009, 94-101 AACE.
  • Cantoni, L., Tardini, S., Rega, I. and Fanni, F., 2007. Teacher and Computer Self Efficacy in Brazilian Community Schools. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007, 22-28 AACE.
  • Caputo, P., Weber, W., Haefeli, P. and Rega, I., 2006. Applications and developments of blended learning course ecology in architectural design. PLEA 2006 - 23rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Conference Proceedings.
  • Cantoni, L., Rega, I. and Lab, N.M.E., 2006. eLearning and teacher training in a disadvantaged Brazilian area: A project to assess access, impact and quality. Fourth IEEE International Workshop on Technology for Education in Developing Countries, TEDC 2006, 2006, 31-35.
  • 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. The Fourth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF4). Commonwealth of Learning and the Caribbean Consortium http://pcf4.dec.uwi.edu/.
  • Rega, I., Caputo, P., Schettino, P., Milani, C. and Roscetti, A., 2005. The Ecology in Architecture Design Project: Pedagogical, Graphic and Technological Strategic Choices. Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2005, 1047-1056 AACE.
  • 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. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2004, 4697-4704 AACE.
  • 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. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2001, 1536-1537 AACE.

Reports

Exhibitions

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

Grants

  • Digital Arts and Refugee Engagement (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Jan 2021). Awarded
  • Online Safety – Media Literacy Strategy – Mapping Exercise and Literature Review (DCMS, 08 Oct 2019). Awarded
  • e-Voices_ Redressing Marginality (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Jan 2018). Completed
  • 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
  • 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

Qualifications

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

Memberships

Networks

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