The Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) is a space for research into the practices and socio-cultural meanings of emerging media. In a context of transforming media cultures, in which established methods of producing and understanding media are undergoing rapid change, we study the application, processes and politics of digital creative technologies. We map and contextualise emerging practices. We critically reflect on their aesthetics, ethics and impacts.

The DCRC is the hub for a network of researchers from across the University of the West of England. While founded in Cultural Studies we pursue a dynamic interdisciplinary agenda and an engagement with thinking through making. The unique character of the DCRC is our mix of criticality, creativity and application. DCRC research seeks to create new knowledge about creative media applications in real world contexts, and about everyday life in today’s digital media ecology. The Centre was founded in 2009 by Professor Jon Dovey. Associate Professor Mandy Rose was appointed as Director in June 2013.

The DCRC is a partner, with the University of Bristol, in the west of England’s leading media innovation lab, The Pervasive Media Studio. Located at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol’s Harbourside, the Studio is a unique environment where designers, artists and engineers share expertise to produce new experiences for media audiences. The Studio develops location based applications, innovative performance and narrative, games, and new forms of projection. DCRC researchers work in the open innovation Studio space, sharing and collaborating on projects and ideas, as well as supporting the work of the Studio through Knowledge Exchange projects. Since the beginning of 2012, the Pervasive Media Studio has also hosted REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative technologies), one of the AHRC’s four national Knowledge Exchange hubs, in which the DCRC plays a prominent role. The DCRC welcomes further partnerships and collaborations with researchers, practitioners and industry.

Research interests within the DCRC network include (but aren’t limited to):

Interactive and participatory documentary, play and gaming, digital citizenship, experience design, pervasive media, New Cinema History, attention, value, co-creation, and the future of the book.  

You can find out more about DCRC researchers on our People page.