Oxford University launched a COVID-19 Rebuilding Research Momentum Fund to support university academics whose research has been disrupted during the pandemic.

Dr Jun Zhao, who leads the KOALA project, received £5000 from the university to support her research development related to children’s data privacy protection.

Initially funded by an EPSRC IAA grant, the KOALA project investigates the impact of personal data collection practices of mobile apps upon the general well-being of young children aged 6-10, by working closely with children, and their parents and educators. The rebuilding fund will enable Dr Zhao to strengthen the current digital prototype KOALA Hero and prepare future user studies and public engagement activities.