Helping citizens to embrace the digital.

We take an inclusive approach to the design of new technologies that support ‘smart’, ‘data-rich’ living.

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Our mission

The Centre for Digital Citizens (CDC) takes an inclusive, participatory approach to the design and evaluation of new technologies and services that support ‘smart; ‘data-rich' living in urban, rural and coastal communities.

We work with citizens and partners to co-design sustainable ‘Digital Social Innovations’ that ensure technologies applications support diverse communities and have long-lasting social value and impact beyond the life of the Centre.

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Challenge Areas

The Centre for Digital Citizens focuses on
four critical Citizen Challenge areas.

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Ageless Citizen

How can technology support non-age biased learning, growth and engagement opportunities across the entire life course?

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Connected Citizen

How will future citizens remain digitally connected with each other, with public services and with the socio-political issues of the day?

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Safe Citizen

How can digital technologies support fair, secure and equitable societies?

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Well Citizen

How can data and digital connections help us to live well?

Our Activities

Co-creation of research activities

The framework will use design-led ‘initiation mechanisms’ such as participatory design workshops, hackathons, community events, citizen labs, open innovation and co-production platform experiments to support the co-creation of research activities.

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Engaged Citizen Commissioning Framework

Driving our programme to address these challenges is our ‘Engaged Citizen Commissioning Framework’. This framework will support citizens’ active engagement in the co-creation of research and critical inquiry.

Engaged Citizen Commissioning Framework

Our Activities

Innovation Fellows

Our Innovation Fellows, postdoctoral researchers, will engage in a 24-month social innovation programme within the Centre for Digital Citizens. They will pilot Digital Social Innovation projects as part of highly interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder teams.

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Outcomes of the Centre for Digital Citizens

The outcome of these pilots will be the development of further collaborative bids, venture capital pitches, spin-outs and/or social enterprises. In this way the Centre will act as a catalyst for future innovation-focused Digital Economy activity.

Outcomes of the Centre for Digital Citizens
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"This Centre will allow us to explore how citizens and communities can be a part of the design of innovative technologies that work better for them, from finding ways to use shared personal data to creating citizen-led digital public services."

- David Kirk, Principal Investigator

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