Projects per year
Dr Maria Sourbati's research explores social implications of technological change and transformation of the media technologies and services through digitalisation and ageing.
Maria has developed expertise in communications regulation, communication and social policy, new media and older people, digital media, disability, age and ageism. Maria's current research examines digital data, media technologies and age relations as part of complex sets of relations of power that shape a person’s experience along time and other social markers of difference, including gender, race and class.
Her research has also examined tensions inherent in policy-driven diffusion of digital technologies and locally situated modes of user engagement with ICTs. This strand investigates the politics of the digital switchover and user aspects in the 'digital by default' policy agenda from a social inclusion perspective. Maria’s earlier work on historically and technologically situated processes of media regulation has examined public service provision in electronic communications with a focus on diversity, universal access and media literacy.
Maria obtained her BA in Political Science from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens). She then completed an MA in Communication Policy (City, University of London) and a PhD at the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology (Brunel University). Sourbati’s doctorate examined the co-evolution of television technologies, markets and regulation.
Prior to joining the University of Brighton Dr Sourbati held research posts at the British Film Institute and Goldsmiths College (London) where she led qualitative research into the use of new media by older people. Having realised she is dyslexic Maria developed an interest in institutional dynamics of access, disablement, and exclusion. Dr Sourbati understands disability as an interface of designed environments and a person’s circumstances, including impairment, and culturally situated discourses of discrimination.
COST Action Network on Ageism IS1402. Ageism: An international, multidisciplinary perspective (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/who/%28type%29/5/%28wid%29/45568) UK management committee member. EU funded.
Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) Concordia University, Canada. A multi-methodological research network (http://actproject.ca/mandate/)
Invited talks & keynotes
’Media literacy and social inclusion’, in Media pluralism – how can we deliver? Conference organised by The Council of Europe in partnership with Reporters Without Frontiers, 19-20 March 2019, Strasbourg, France.
’On Age and Equality’, keynote, Battle of the Sexes conference, Greek Society of Adlerian Psychology, 16-17 March 2019, Athens, Greece.
‘Ageism goes digital’ Video talk for the COST IS1402 Conference on ageism from a multi-national interdisciplinary perspective. June 2018 The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_92htZbB40
Lund University Department of Communication and Media Symposium: Senior citizens domesticating ICTs. Lund, Sweden, 27-28 April 2017.
21st IAGG World Congress: A global dialogue on ageing. COST IS1402 Symposium: Public Policies Related to Ageism. San Francisco, CA. 23-27 July 2017.
'Datafied age: Social data and age relations, YOY ARE MY DATA symposium, Watermans Digital Performance Weekend, organised by the Watermans Arts Centre and London South Bank University as part of the Being Human Festival (Watermans Arts, Saturday 14 November, 11.00–16.00) This talk can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W4i3s404ng
‘Age(ism) in digital information provision: The case of online public services for older adults’ Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Design for Aging. First International Conference, ITAP 2015, Part of Human Computer Interaction International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015.
‘Ageism: A barrier to social inclusion in the 21st century’ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on ACTIVE AGEING & EXPO 2015 MILANO “Nutrire la memoria per nutrire le generazioni: anziani attivi e benessere” OssCom and Centro di Ateneo Studi e Ricerche sulla Famiglia, UCSC Università Cattolica, Room Pio XI & Padiglione EXPO European Commission, Milan, Italy, 11-12 May, 2015.
Active Ageing Round Table, European Union Pavilion, EXPO Milano 2015, Milan, Italy12 May 2015.
‘Ageist by default? Representing older age online.’ Journalism and Media Research Seminar Series. Department of Journalism and Media, University of Huddersfield, 21 January 2015.
Media access and diversity: the digital turn, International Symposium on Media Pluralism organised by the Research Institute for Applied Communication, Cyprus. (2009)
“Can internet literacy foster social inclusion?” Interview on media pluralism, Council of Europe Dir General Human Rights and Rule of Law, Strasbourg, 20March 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRDR5xJGkCs
“When Ageism Goes Digital” (Invited blog post) Ageing Equal Campaign #AgeingEqual & #StandUp4HumanRights, AGE Platform Europe, 25 November 2018 https://ageing-equal.org/when-ageism-goes-digital/
“How do you know when the news is ‘Fake’?” Interview with Claire Russ, Paris Live, Radio France International, 9/12/2016 http://en.rfi.fr/general/20161209-how-distinguish-fake-news-real-news-user-s-guide
International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Taylor & Francis)
Technology in Society (Elsevier)
Information, Communication and Society (Routledge)
Journal of Applied Gerontology (SAGE)
Journal of Ageing and Social Policy (Taylor & Francis)
New Media and Society (SAGE)
International Journal of Digital Television (Intellect)
Book series and edited collection reviewer for Peter Lang, Berlin, and Sage, London (c. 2009 - 2010)
International conference reviewer, ECREA
Commissioning assessment panel member, Not Equal
Funding application reviewer for the Research Foundation - Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO), Belgium
Grant application reviewer for the School for Social Care Research (SSCR), National Institute for Health Research, London School of Economics
Behrendt, F., Murray, L., Hancox, A., Sourbati, M. & Huber, J. (2017) Intelligent Transport Solutions for Social Inclusion (ITSSI): Project Report, 22 May 2017, University of Brighton. 128 p.
Carlo, S and Sourbati, M (2015) ‘Older people in digital inclusion policies in the UK and Italy’. COST Action IS1402 STSM: Comparing digital inclusion of older people policies in UK and Italy. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, and University of Brighton, UK.
Sourbati, M. (2004) Internet Use in Sheltered Housing: Older people’s access to new media and online service delivery, from ‘The Digital Age: Opportunities or Exclusion’ Series, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. ISBN 1 85 935 168 9.
Research presentations to the Accessibility Focus Group, UK Online Interactive, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, The Cabinet Office, Stockley House, London (2003)
The DTI/Generics Group/IPSOS study into Consumer Adoption of Digital Television prepared for the DTI Digital TV Project (2004)
I am interested in critical studies of technology, digital communications, technological innovation governance and regulation, age relations, digital literacy, digital data, smart technologies and social inclusion.
I welcome enquiries from prospective research students who wish to undertake projects related to: digital inclusion; digital media technologies and age relations; digital inclusion policies; digital media and older people; ageism; ableism; communications regulation; digital public service; smart cities and urban mobilities.
My past PhD supervision include projects in: media diversity; press regulation; e-government.
Current PhD supervision
Sijuade Olanihun Yusuf (International PhD Studentship) (2019-2022). Theme: Social media and negotiation of identity by African Women in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Research Output per year
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Book/Report › Book - edited
Ageing well? A cross-country analysis of the way older people are visually represented at websites of organizations for older peopleLoos, E., Ivan, L., Fernández-Ardèvol, M., Sourbati, M., Ekström, M., Wilińska, M., Carlo, S. & Schiau, I., 28 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology. 8, 2, p. 63-83 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article