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Our research

Our multidisciplinary activities are currently organised around four domains, underpinned by expert capabilities. These domains are: digital health and wellbeing; digital security, trust and privacy; digital social justice and citizenship; and digital across the life-course.

1. Digital Vitality, Health and Wellbeing – This will explore the role of emerging technologies in community, peer-to-peer and individual care and wellbeing. It will also support data-enabled design of individual, social and group interventions to promote positive health and vitality. We work with Integrated Health and Social Care to support digital health initiatives.

Here are some examples of our work:

  • The Cognitive & Health Infodemics Research Programme (CHIRP) investigate problems related to the overabundance of health-related information and misinformation online. We seek to advance the state of science around infodemics using mixed-methodologies, data science and multi-disciplinary frameworks, and bring evidence to the people using public engagement strategies. CHIRP's collaborators and partners are spread across the US, UK, South America, sub-Saharan Africa and the ASEAN region. For more information go to
  • Remote Healthcare for Eating Disorders throughout COVID-19 (RHED-C) is a 3-year project (Sept 2021 – Sept 2024) funded by the Medical Research Foundation and led by Dr Dawn Branley-Bell. RHED-C is dedicated to understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the treatment of eating disorders. The project team are working with a range of partners and experts by lived experience to; better understand the influencing factors that have contributed to the worsening of symptoms of EDs during the COVID-19 pandemic; look at how appropriate current methods are for the delivery of remote ED treatment; and explore future design ideas for technology facilitated services for remote ED treatment that are secure and effective. You can find up to date information about the project on the RHED-C website here and on Twitter, @RHEDC_Project.

2. Digital security, privacy and trust for all – Our focus is Human-centered approaches to understanding the threats and risks to personal, individual and community safety, security and privacy posed by emerging technologies, in particular to marginalised populations and individuals on the periphery of society. We explore the role of algorithms and data technology and work across disciplines to understand the interaction between humans, data and technology to provide fair, secure digital environments and societies. We seek to ensure that people can protect themselves and their assets from psychological, financial and social harm. 

3. Digital connections, social justice and citizenship – We seek to understand how to design digital platforms to empower marginalised groups and promote new forms of civic and social action; and understanding the ethical and legislative implications of emerging technologies on citizen and non-citizen rights and employment.

4. Digital across the life course – Exploring the life-long role technology plays in providing opportunities for all ages. From school age children and those in higher education, to adult learning and continuation into older age. This will ensure that all age groups, across all communities are equipped with the knowledge and skills to safely and responsibly navigate a more digital landscape. 


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