Natalia Kucirkova (born 25 October, 1985) is an academic in the field of children’s literacies. She is a professor of reading and children’s development at The Open University, UK and professor of early childhood and development at the University of Stavanger, Norway.
Kucirkova received her bachelor’s degree from University of Bath and her Ph.D. in education and educational technology from The Open University. Her pre-doctoral fellowship was at Harvard University.
She founded and directs the International Collective of Children’s Digital Books and the Children’s Digital Book Award, which involve designers, researchers and teachers to support digital literacies for young children. In addition to her research on children’s use of e-books and apps, Kucirkova is also an expert on personalization and use of children’s personal data. Her research has been supported by funding from national agencies, including the Economic Social and Research Council, the Norwegian Research Council, and the Daiwa Foundation. Kucirkova is co-editor of the journal Literacy and serves on many advisory boards for organizations devoted to children’s wellbeing and social justice.
- Jacobs Foundation Fellowship
- Emerald Real Impact Award for Developing a Focus on Lifecycle Approaches to Impact
- Olga Camm Award for an inter-disciplinary approach to early literacy research