We are the Digital Beez
digital literacy collective
Dr Alicja Pawluczuk
Founder of the Digital Beez Collective | Tech Researcher and Educator | Digital Inclusion Thinker/Doer | Artivist
Dr Alicja Pawluczuk is a digital inclusion thinker, doer & artivist. Since 2010, she has researched, co-designed, facilitated, and evaluated digital inclusion and education programmes internationally. Dr Pawluczuk has experience working both on high-level projects and publications (e.g. United Nations University, ITU, EQUALS-EU, Council of Europe) as well as smaller-scale community-led projects (e.g. digital literacy workshops, digital rights).
The key areas of her expertise include digital youth inclusion, digital youth work, and digital and data literacy. She has a track record of peer-reviewed publications and cross-disciplinary public engagement activities. Dr Pawluczuk’s research-informed a number of policy-making efforts and recommendations in the context of digital inclusion.
Dr Pawluczuk aims to cultivate authenticity, tolerance for ambiguity, critical thinking, and empathy in her work. Her research and community practice work are grounded in democratic, participatory, experimental, and interactive methodologies (both online and offline). In 2015, she founded a digital literacy collective called Digital Beez. She has worked with and learned from different groups at risk of socio-economic and digital exclusion.
Founder of Kids N Clicks; a web resource that shares the latest digital parenting tips and trends.
She has extensive experience in the digital / social media arena. Her work has been recognised as a ‘Digital Pioneer’ by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. More recently, following her foray into digital parenting, she was recognised by the Parenting 2.0 organisation for improving digital literacy.
Parven actively contributes to the digital parenting community through her blog and shares her experience with Common Sense Media, Family Online Safety Institute, Internet Matters
and a few other organisations. Parven believes that technology is the way forward and children can thrive in a digital world
given the right guidance.
Dr Justine Gangneux
Youth Data Literacy Researcher
Justine is currently working as a research associate in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, carrying out research projects within the fields of digital media and communications. She is interested in all things related to data activism, critical digital/data literacies; youth, surveillance and the political economy of the Internet as well as the innovative repurposing of new media in social research.
Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng
Illustrator and Visual Live Drawing Media Artist, Community Arts Practitioner and Educator.
Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng is a Northern-Irish born Scottish based illustrator and visual live drawing media artist with extensive experience of participatory community arts projects facilitation.
Fantasy, surreal realities and dreamy nostalgia absorb into her intricate, riotous ink drawings. In an age of digital culture and information overload, Ursula's work harnesses the power of the hyperactive mind.
Digital Communications Practitioner with a focus on Health and Wellbeing literacy
Kira is an experienced digital inclusion practitioner, who has experience of working with of working with community groups all across Scotland. Her specialists topics include: peer education, online support, digital youth work, LGBTI+, mental health, drugs education, harm reduction and sexual health.
Kira currently works for LGBT Youth Scotland, the leading charity in the UK for Digital Youth work, managing online support and digital youth work. She is actively involved in the work of the Scottish Digital Youth Work Network and have contributed to the development of good practice standards in this area.
Finally (and most importantly for us Digital Beez) Kira is an amazing youth work worker, an extremely creative soul and an award wining human being.