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Digital Economy Hubs and Research Centres

Digital Economy Programme logo We set up four large research hubs during the last delivery plan. These have now completed, however where links are still appropriate, they have been provided below.

These RCUK Digital Economy Hubs have funding of £12million each to carry out research and training from 2009 to 2014. These centres are building capacity and expertise in the skills needed to realise the Digital Economy.

  • dot.rural: University of Aberdeen

    dot.rural: is exploring the contribution digital technologies can make to enhancing key services, generating business opportunities, boosting quality of life and promoting the economic, social and environmental sustainability of rural areas across the UK.

    Research is based around four themes: access and mobilities, healthcare, enterprise and culture and natural resource conservation. The Hub brings together researchers from a range of disciplines including computing science, communication engineering, human geography, sociology, environmental science, medicine and transport.

  • SiDE: Newcastle University and University of Dundee

    Poor health, disability, family breakdown, poverty and unemployment are just some of the reasons why people of all ages may become marginalised from society and may lack the skills, confidence or opportunities to access and benefit from digital technologies that have the potential to transform their lives.

    SiDE Research Hub aims to tackle social exclusion by making it easier for people to access the life-changing benefits offered by digital technologies. Research will address four fields where digital technologies and the building of a truly inclusive digital economy could deliver major social benefits: connected home and community, accessibility, inclusive transport services; and creative industries.

  • Horizon: University of Nottingham

    The Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub is helping to connect people with digital technology to radically improve the way we live, work, play, and travel. The centre is developing new ways to use the electronic ‘footprints’ we leave behind whenever we use mobile, internet and other digital technologies, and new ways to use digital technologies to help business and stimulate economic growth.

    Focusing on ‘always on, always with you’ technology, the hub will promote creative industries such as internet and mobile phone gaming as well as online smart marketing tools for retailers. The centre will also help reduce carbon levels by developing communication tools to encourage more car sharing — by combining global positioning systems (GPS), social networking sites and mobile digital technologies.

  • CREATe

    CREATe is the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. It is funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

    CREATe investigates the future of creative production in the digital age, and in particular the role of copyright. The Centre brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics from law, economics, management, computer science, sociology, psychology, ethnography and critical studies within a consortium of seven UK universities (Glasgow, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths University of London, Nottingham, St Andrews, and Strathclyde), and over 80 industry, public sector and civil society partners.

For further details, please either contact the hubs through their websites, or contact the theme lead


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