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Project Highlight: Developing Training Around the Edify Pod

The School of Education has set up an exciting new space: the Edify pod, a dedicated VR room that will enable staff and ECRs to explore VR-based technologies and to develop innovative lessons that draw on the benefits of virtual environments. To facilitate access and use of this new space, Dr. Hirsu and Dr. Rodolico organised a 3-day training programme with staff members from the School of Education who expressed an interest in using VR for their own teaching and... [read more]

Project Highlight: Hydrogen Integration for Accelerating Energy Transitions

This EPSRC funded project aims to work with energy producers, distributers and users to identify priorities, challenges and opportunities for the UK hydrogen economy. The project aims to explore and map integration challenges, across the spectrum of economic, technical, social, environmental, regulatory, and political factors - all of which will influence how the UK can grow its hydrogen economy, domestically and internationally....[read more]


CALL FOR PAPERS | Social computing for the multiverse

Deadline: 30 June 2022

Social Computing for the Multiverse invites reimagining the scholarship in computational social science to do with the building, using, and studying of systems that facilitate communities across multiple modalities, with different and exciting affordances for inter-personal and inter-group interactions. The call offers a chance to reflect on the benefits of "living" in a multiverse, networked society, and regard both the real and perceived benefits of these interactive modalities on social, civic, and political life.

Full details and submission process.


Project Highlight: Robots as reading companions

Robots as Reading Companions is an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funded project, led by Dr Lavinia Hirsu (School of Education). In this project, we use a social robot to engage in learning experiences in the context of a local school and a community-based club to support children’s reading and technology skills development (read more)


Project Highlight: Co-creating connected homes with households to support wellbeing in a rural location

By Dr Ryan Casey, School of Social and Political Sciences

Connected Homes is a pilot project that seeks to explore the ways in which digital connectivity, data-driven services and home life are interconnected in a rural area.

Households are increasingly reliant on digital connectivity for many aspects of their daily lives, accessed via ‘lively technologies’ including tools, devices, and systems used for remote working, online learning, platform-based consumption, telehealth and digitally-mediated care, streamed entertainment, and for digitally mediated relationships, technologies assessed via platforms, social media, mobile apps, smart devices, and sensors. Given this reliance, it is important to understand how connected homes meet the needs and desires of households so that they can better support household wellbeing... (read more)

What Digital Society & Economy Means to Me

Watch these short videos from our theme leaders and discover what the Digital Society & Economy theme means to them and their research.

Digital Society & Economy to me...

Bridgette Wessels

Bridgette is Professor of Social Inequalities with her main expertise in Digital Society. Examples of her areas of research, which has impact embedded in it, include social exclusion and digital divides, financial exclusion and the e-economy, social media and political inequality, health inequalities and telehealth, welfare services and (digital) identity, local journalism and inclusion and e-policing, ethnicity and communities. Bridgette has also contributed to research policy by informing strategy, the development of research programmes, and providing recommendations to UKRI, EU and NSF funders.

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David Flynn

David is a Professor of Cyber Physical Systems. Examples of his research interests include, Data Humanism for an inclusive energy transition, Digitalisation for improved operational and planning decision support for critical infrastructure and services, and scalable and trustworthy autonomous assistants for industry and societal.

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Dominic Chalmers

Dominic is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research has been published in leading journals, including the Financial Times 50-ranked Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice. He is part of a €4.5 million Horizon 2020 project that examines the legitimisation of new technologies, including the bio-economy and digital platforms. Dominic's current research includes examining emerging digital entrepreneurship trends such as blockchain and multi-sided platforms.

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Lavinia Hirsu

Lavinia is a specialist in rhetoric and writing studies, holding a PhD in Composition, Literacy and Culture from Indiana University and an MA in TESOL/ Applied Linguistics from Iowa State. Her research is transdisciplinary, bringing together strands from digital literacies, social inclusion and integration, rhetoric and composition, and translingualism and translingual pedagogy. Lavinia's work has appeared in Computers and Composition and JAEPL: The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning and I am currently involved in a series of projects with professional and public impact.

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