DigiWELL is a large research project connecting 8 institutions led by Steriani Elavsky from the University of Ostrava. Having previously collaborated with Steriani on several projects, including Modeling the Future: Understanding the Impact of Technology on adolescent well-being (FUTURE), we are excited to embark on this new journey together along with Mariek van den Abeele.
Mariek Vanden Abeele is an Associate Professor in Digital Culture at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of Ghent University. Mariek's research focuses on digital culture: she combines media psychological and media sociological perspectives to better understand the role that digital media use plays in everyday life and society. She is particularly interested in mobile media use, along with its problematic use, impact on relationships, digital well-being, and the social implications of wearable devices. Mariek is an active member of the Mobile Communication Interest Group of ICA (International Communication Association). She is also a recipient of an 2020 ERC Starting Grant on Digital Well-being. In her project, Mariek builds on her interdisciplinary background to examine individuals' relationship to anytime, anyplace connectivity using both computational and ethnographic research approaches. In addition, Mariek works on several other (funded and unfunded) research projects with PhD students and (international) collaborators. Her work has been published in leading journals in the field of Communication Sciences, such as Communication Theory, Mobile Media & Communication, New Media & Society, and Media Psychology. Mariek has received various awards for both her teaching and her research output.