An introduction to the research and knowledge exchange at the Centre for Digital Cultures and Innovation from the Director, Dr Mary Darking.
At the Centre for Digital Cultures and Innovation, our aim is to provide a research home to University of Brighton and visiting scholars who have digital research and practice interests.
Spanning a wide range of domains from art, policy, computer science, social science, health, education and commercial enterprise, CDCI members share a common interest in creating inclusive digital worlds through purposeful intervention in social and digital inequalities.
We support our members to connect and explore their digital work from the earliest stages of developing a practice or research career, to more advanced stages, where the skill of digital research and practice becomes one of learning to engage in and create cross-specialist spaces for collaboration. Our centre members’ work reflects this and the projects we develop are leading examples of collaborative, trans-disciplinary practice.
We inform practice, research and policy through developing key local, national and international partnerships, cutting across community, industry and the public sector.
The centre co-delivered the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, including the 5G Brighton project, the Dat Research *& Innovation Laboratory and the Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator (DRIVA Arts DRIVA projects) with Gatwick Airport. Arts DRIVA ensured artists and cultural producers participated alongside designers, businesses and technologists, to create new products and experiences utilising a live data feed out of a working airport. This positions us as a key stakeholder in the region for specialist knowledge transfer in Creative Digital and IT (CDIT). It also places us at the heart of the local SME innovation eco-system for next generation digital products and services. Building on the legacy of the DRIVA project, the centre is a lead partner in the implementation of a matching engine for creatives, technologists and businesses interested in data-driven innovation.
Alongside our shared interest in inclusive digital practice and digital inequalities our centre has research themes around which we coordinate our conversations and events. These include: smart infrastructure; networked collaborative practice and 5G; public understanding of Artificial Intelligence; and digital health and wellbeing. Find out more about our research and knowledge exchange work at the Centre for Digital Cultures and Innovation on our 'What we do' pages .
We welcome new collaborators at all career stages. We provide supervisory support for PhD candidates with digital research and practice interests and host international visiting researchers.
Contact us at CoRE-Digital@brighton.ac.uk for research consultancy and partnership across all our broad areas of digital research expertise.
Dr Mary Darking