My workshops and methodologies are grounded in the philosophy of democratic education. Using primarily participatory and experiential methodologies. I aim to empower individuals to become critical and pro-active digital citizens.


I'm a creative and curious soul, who enjoys using experiential approaches in research and education. Through the use of creative technologies (mainly accessible and affordable forms of transmedia storytelling tools), I aim to create initiatives where participants feel safe and encouraged to develop local narratives, explore and tackle social inequality issues. In my role as a digital media community worker, I have primarily worked with socially disengaged groups and individuals. Over the years, I have learnt to perceive the process of knowledge transfer not only as a top-down approach but as acts of collaborative 'meaning-making' and 'meaning-giving'.

I believe that meaningful learning takes places, "through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other" (Freire)


Over the years, I have used existing community-based participatory methodologies (e.g. participatory video and digital storytelling, role-play, ethnoficion, design-thinking, co-design) and have shaped my own methods (e.g. storytelling box, social media trees, collaborative collage-making). When starting my role an Associate Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, I was able to transfer my professional digital media expertise and community educational skills into an academic setting.  Through my teaching methods, I strive to empower students to engage with the subject critically by taking ownership of the module delivery. Examples of the collaborative approaches that I have implemented included 'students class manifesto', co-designing module assessment, co-designing teaching material to understand user-design experience or communication problem, and participatory module evaluation.

Examples of previous projects:

  • Speaker at Re@ct! Social Change Art Technology Symposium (Scotland, 2019). Presentation title: Storifying the digital divide: what can the 1970's community video teach us about the inequalities in the digital age?

  • Digital Storytelling Practitioner at the Scottish Traveller Education Programme(Edinburgh Univeristy, 2015)

  • Digital Skills Co-ordinator at Fife Migrants Forum ( 2014 - 2015)

  • Course Tutor 'Using digital media in research with children and young people' | Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (2015)

  • Digital Media Youth Arts Hub Co-Ordinator at Fife Cultural Trust ( 2014 -  2015)

  • Digital Community Manager at Maverick Television ( Living it UpWestern Isles, 2013 - 2014)

  • Practice Teacher at the University of West Scotland ( Digital Commonwealth Games, 2013)

  • Project and Training Co-ordinator at the Institute of Local Television ( Summerhall TV, 2012 -2013)

  • Researching the needs of Young Poles abroad | Creative co-design workshop  ( Polish Cultural Association, Polish School for Leaders for the Community Abroad, Erasmus Plus 2015

  • Shoot it Yourself" Youth Filmmaking course - Alchemy Film and Moving Images Festival (Project Co-ordinator and Workshop Facilitator 2016 )

  • LGBT Youth Scotland | Youth Video Workshop  (Project facilitator, 2015)

  • FAO-UN Cambodia (Video Education Toolkit in Participatory Rural Appraisal 2013)

  • Video Activism Night | Hidden Door Festival Edinburgh ( Programmer, 2014 Link: Witness.Org, Link:

  • 'Never Give Up'   The history of local activism in North Edinburgh ( Filmmaker,2010 - 2012)

  • weCTV Scottish Youth Parliament Competition 'Follow Your Heart' (Ripple Youth, 2013)

  • Choose Life, not Knife ( Ripple Youth Project, 2013)

  • Size Hero Project ( Napier Univeristy, 2012)

  • Saving the NEN ( North Edinbrtgh News Campaign, 2011)

  • weCTV Scottish Youth Parliament Competition 'It's OK to be different' ( Ripple Youth, 2014)

  • weCTV Scottish Youth Parliament Competition 'It hurts so much' ( Ripple Youth, 2014)

  • North Edinburgh Fights Back (2013)

  • IndyrefFILM (2014)

  • Wester Hailes "A Walk around the Wester Hailes" (Video Project Facilitator, 2015)

  • Hidden Door Festival (Cinema Program Co-ordinator, 2014 & 2015)

  • Video Activism Night ( Curator, 2014)

  • North Edinburgh Social History Project ( Producer, Editor 2011)

  • North Edinburgh Fights Back ( 2013)

  • Common Good Edinburgh ( 2012)

  • Age Scotland (2012)

  • Filmpoem ( Filmmaker, 2014)

  • Filmpoem ( Filmmaker, 2015)

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Dr Alicja Pawluczuk

Alicja’s research, art and community education practice focuses on digital inclusion and education, gender digital divide and feminism. She is a founding director of the digital inclusion and digital storytelling collective Digital Beez. Through the use of participatory, critical and multidisciplinary approaches, she aims to examine the power dynamics associated with the digital and data divides.

Alicja’s digital inclusion practice is rooted in the areas of democratic education and community development. She has extensive experience in digital inclusion community projects design, facilitation, and evaluation. Both her community engagement practice and her research are characterised by the use of experimental and interactive methodologies. Over the last 10 years, her work has been responding and changing in accordance with the contexts of digitalization of society. Alicja has a track record of peer-reviewed publications and cross-disciplinary public engagement activities. Both her research and practice are characterised with the use of experimental and creative methods. She has managed and contributed to digital literacy and digital inclusion and learning projects with the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and Erasmus.

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