The Chair, Leela Damodaran, Emeritus Professor of Digital Participation and Participation at Loughborough University. Leela’s expertise is in the behavioural aspects and human use of information and communications technologies (ICTs), the planning of change and transition, strategies for social and digital inclusion, citizen engagement and participation.
As well as engaging in research, she works as an independent policy advisor with government departments, local government, commercial companies, and other key stakeholder groups to inform policy and strategic decisions relating to ICT use and digital participation.
She also works extensively with communities and grass-roots organisations (e.g. the East Midlands Later Life Forum and the Action Group on Technology and Ageing of the South East England Forum on Ageing (SEEFA) to promote successful digital participation of older people).