Dr Paulina Ruiz-Cabello


  • 35 Berkeley Square

  • 35 Berkeley Square, School of Education

    BS8 1JA Bristol

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research interests

Paulina's research has focused on exploring youth digital literacies in institutional and everyday spaces, and how (if) everyday devices and practices (re)configure identities and discursive-material power relations online and offline. She is particularly interested in exploring the role of digital and mobile practices in the intersection of intimate, peers, and family realms.  In her PhD, she examined the everyday use of Chilean students’ (15-16 years-olds) phones and the identities performed in the negotiation process they engaged in with peers, teachers, and other adults to keep using their devices within and across the school setting (online and offline).

Her current scholarly interests include ethnographic, participatory and creative methods; mobile and informal learning; digital inequalities; and socio-material approaches to the study of learning spaces and learners' (digital) mobilities.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Education

Award Date: 1 Oct 2019

MA in Social Communication (Education and Communication route), Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Award Date: 1 Aug 2010

Sociology degree, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Award Date: 1 Mar 2007

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SoE Centre for Teaching Learning and Curriculum


  • Youth cultures
  • Everyday literacies
  • Digital technologies
  • Positional identities
  • School culture
  • Learning spaces
  • Qualitative methods
  • Socio-material approaches
  • Ethnography
  • Informal learning


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