CURDS has been researching the implications of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for local and regional development and for social and spatial cohesion for over 30 years. This work has had two principal concerns:
Three interrelated emergent strands of work, which build on the notion of transformative uses of ICT, are currently being pursued through a £12m interdisciplinary project on Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE) funded by RCUK.
The first focuses on how digital technologies are both changing how we think about the concept of ‘community’ and how these technologies might be used to enhance community participation. As part of this work CURDS researchers recently contributed to an ARHC funded project on Situating Community through Creative Technologies and Practice.
The second strand is concerned with how technologies might support older people to stay at home, or in their communities, for longer, and improve the care experience.
The third focuses on young people and digital technologies. This latter research strand has two components: it explores the experience of young people in using social media, seeking out their experiences and reflecting on what we can learn for policy; it also explores the ways in which institutions responsible for engaging young people are (or are not) adapting their practices to take account of these new technologies.