Dr Fiona Scott

School of Education


Joint Director Literacies Research Cluster

EDU- Fiona Scott
+44 114 222 8159

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Dr Fiona Scott
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
S10 2GW
Research interests

Fiona’s work is located in the field of digital literacies. Her research engages with sociomaterial theory to theorise very young children’s intra-actions with digital devices and texts. She is concerned with child and family practices in relation to the digital and, in particular, the role played by social class.

Fiona is also interested in research methods and methodologies, including the tensions associated with researching children’s lives in more-than-human contexts. Fiona’s PhD thesis, produced in collaboration with CBeebies, examined preschool children’s engagements with television and related media at home.

The thesis examined how both well-established and new verbal and non-verbal intra-actions constitute children’s unique social practices, practices that transform the meanings of materials at home and shape children’s very early experiences.

Her thesis included a new analytic framework and methodology for ‘sociomaterial nexus analysis’. Prior to beginning an academic career, Fiona worked as a Research Consultant, working on research projects for clients in the Further Education and Arts and Cultural Sectors (including the Learning and Skills Council and Arts Council). Some recent academic research projects Fiona has worked on include:

  • Young Children’s engagement and learning with the AR coding app “Little Red” (with Twinkl Educational Publishing)
  • Sounds of Childhood: Exploring young children’s sound perceptions to inform architecture and urban design (IIKE scheme funded project at TUoS)
  • Exploring Play and Creativity in Pre-Schoolers’ Use of Apps (TUoS with CBeebies, Foundling Bird, Dubit and Monteney Primary School)
  • Beyond Disorders (Interdisciplinary Research Futures funded project at TUoS)
  • Energy Innovation in Deprived Communities (ERDF funded project at TUoS)
  • Public Attitudes to Carbon Capture and Storage in United States and Canada (EPRI funded project at TUoS)

Journal articles



  • Koh SCL, Jones CHRIS, Genovese A, Acquaye A, Marchand R & Scott FIONA (2013) Promoting the Green Deal to low income communities: Initial insights from Yorkshire & The Humber View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

Fiona teaches across the BA Education, Culture and Childhood, MA Education, MA Early Childhood Education (Distance), MSc Psychology and Education and EdD taught programmes in the School of Education. She is currently working on producing content for a new MA course focused on digital culture and literacies, which will commence in 2020 and supervises a doctoral student in this area.

Fiona has previously taught on a broad range of courses relating to Digital Literacies, Early Childhood and Research Methods, including as a Lecturer in Early Childhood at Sheffield Hallam University.