Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights

Lead Research Organisation: University of Wales, Newport
Department Name: Sch of Art Media and Design

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Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ES/I001816/1 01/04/2011 31/07/2012 £18,282
ES/I001816/2 Transfer ES/I001816/1 22/11/2012 30/06/2014 £16,019
 
Description (Please note that this report applies to ES1001816/1 and ES1001816/2 as they are both the same research seminar series, split because the PI moved institutions)
The key findings of this seminar series reflect directly its sharp focus on 'Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights' taking understanding of digital developments to more advanced levels. Its seminar methodology was core to its achievements. Its applied focus generated a partnership model firmly oriented towards delivering impact through high quality engagement of research and practice in policy-relevant contexts. This involved a deep knowledge exchange approach involving academic research, policy, creative and business practice, as well as third sector. Most of the 12 seminars held in England, Wales and Scotland, were co-organized including with the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) and other RCUK projects notably Glasgow-based CREATe and Brigton-based Fuse.
1. Digital and creative innovation
Findings address to a substantial degree agendas of collaborators and reside in three main areas. The first relate to digital and creative innovation. These emphasize that the nature of innovation has developed from the industrial to the digital era. In digital times many kinds of innovation are comparatively more accessible including to individuals. This indicates that where innovation takes place as well as who does it and how has expanded dramatically and requires new forms of approach to research and practice including from policy standpoints.
Creativity is a core focus in this regard not just in relation to creative industries as we know them in economic terms, but to wider views of creative inputs to digital innovation across new social and cultural as well as business opportunities. Human-centred approaches are especially important in shifting innovation agendas to orientations fit for the digital age where innovation can be small as well as large scale and focused on creative and new ideas for information-driven solutions as well as services and products.
2. Human and socio-cultural dimensions of connectivity
This emphasizes that connectivity is far from just a technological issue, a matter of hardware and software, but features human and socio-cultural dimensions that are powerful pathways to new forms of innovation whether aimed at profit or non-profit goals. New kinds of transdisciplinary perspectives associating arts, design and humanities as well as social science insights and methods with those of science and technology are increasingly in demand. This is highlighted by the long journey to be travelled towards the' Internet of Everything ' (IoE) where diverse forms of work-based as well as social and cultural aspects of life will be connected ever more deeply to interactive information streams as we move through different physical environments. We are still at the stage of largely imagining the IoE and connectivity in this regard is about embedding the virtual world of the Internet and all its interactive capacities in the familiar physical world and, importantly, our experience of it.
3. Politics of privacy and trust in a digital age.
This is a world of Big Data where issues of trust and privacy are to the fore. It emphasizes the opportunity costs of the new digital possibilities. While the politics of digital engagement offers extensive potential for individual and collective empowerment, it also presents new risks around security of virtual (data) identities. This suggests the need for fresh perspectives on politics and policy addressing such issues as central to challenges faced in the digital age. Solutions are likely to come through new debates as well as forms of experimentation with data that test boundaries and help develop awareness and understanding of risks. As is often the case market actors are in the driving seat to a large extent through new services and products which consumers want to access. In many ways policy is playing catch up but progress in this area is one of the major routes to success for Big Data developments which drive towards more data exchange. Rights of individuals to their data are bound to be increasingly at issue as we move in this direction.
Exploitation Route (Please note that this report applies to ES1001816/1 and ES1001816/2 as they are both the same research seminar series, split because the PI moved institutions)
We envisage the outcomes on creative and digital innovation being taken forward in engagement with the work of Innovate UK's Digital Catapult Centre and its new local centres around the UK as well as in collaborations related to those with various relevant policy actors and business. We envisage the outcomes on human and socio-cultural dimensions of connectivity and the politics of privacy and trust being linked to that work but also to further funded research projects.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/esrc-research-seminar-series
 
Description (Please note that this report applies to ES1001816/1 and ES1001816/2 as they are both the same research seminar series, split because the PI moved institutions) This seminar series delivered impact by focusing substantially on innovation and linking issues related to economic performance and global competitiveness, effectiveness of policy, and enhancing creative input. All 12 seminars (double the number originally budgeted for) held between 2011 and 2014 have been organized on a knowledge exchange basis involving academic researchers, policy makers at national and other levels, businesses including micro and start-ups, and creative practitioners. Collaborations including with the Technology Strategy Board - TSB - (now Innovate UK), other related RCUK projects notably Glasgow based CREATe and Brighton based Fuse, and business, have ensured that pathways to impact have been built into the individual seminar agendas from the outset as well as building through the series as a whole. Collaboration with the TSB (now Innovate UK) The timing of the series meant that a major impact orientation was contribution to the agenda setting for the TSB Catapults, in particular the Connected Digital Economy Catapult, which has just been launched in November 2014 as the Digital Catapult Centre with three local centres announced including in Brighton. Early planning discussions for this local centre have involved the PI on this research seminar series Prof. Gillian Youngs as a key contributor. Prof. Youngs is now serving on the Steering Group of the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton launched in March 2015 and is helping to lead an associated new interdisciplinary Research Task Force at the University of Brighton - a main partner in the DCC Brighton. These roles are maintaining the continuity of inputs from the research seminar series by Prof. Youngs into innovation and related project processes including her part in helping to shape the socio-technical focus of the DCC Brighton on 'Internet of Place'. Two major seminars co-organized by the series and the TSB ICT and Creative Industries KTNs held at NESTA in London and University of Wales, Newport, focused on what endures as a challenge for the Catapult agendas - 'Creative and Digital Economy: A New Fusion'. Discussions at these and a further seminar at Oxford University with TSB collaboration highlighted a number of key areas which have been taken forward including: - Focus on the creative industries which are strong in the UK, and present one of the best opportunities to provide the UK with a strategic advantage in developing new platforms, products, and services. - New approaches to intellectual property and different kinds of value generated from it and associated with it. - Focus on new methodologies for collaborations across ICT and creative specialisms and expert languages as important. - Geographical clusters as well as clusters based on skill sets and innovative competencies and investment networks are important. - Importance of Catapult identity as a quality hub, focal point and champion for innovation nationally and globally and as a centre of open innovation, brokering, showcasing and dissemination of new technologies and business and service models. - Human-centred processes as key to digital economy transformations. Recognition that inputs from diverse actors are needed to understand them. Briefing summaries were produced and distributed from these three seminars ensuring wide cross-sector dissemination of their discussions and outcomes.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Agenda Setting for the Digital Catapult Centre
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Broad policy influence as part of the agenda-setting for the Digital Catapult Centre through seminars co-organized with the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) engaging practitioners, innovators and researchers and resulting briefing documents as part of the ESRC resesarch seminar series Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights.
URL http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/esrc-research-seminar-series
 
Description Expert on FIRE study project as part of scoping activities for Horizon 2020 Next Generation Internet at the European Commission
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact This expert work is contributing to shaping of European funding programmes on innovation in Next Generation Internet
URL https://www.ict-fire.eu/tag/next-generation-internet/
 
Description High level expert Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact This impact is fundamental in its contribution to policies shaping European research programmes to ensure that gender is integral to achieving excellence in the focus of projects, the shaping of research teams, methodologies and substantive fields of study.
URL http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=3034
 
Description High level expert and Vice-Chair on the Horizon 2020 Protection and Security Advisory Group at the European Commission
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact This impact is fundamental in its contribution to policies shaping European research programmes to ensure that gender is integral to achieving excellence in the focus of projects, the shaping of research teams, methodologies and substantive fields of study.
URL http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=3010&news=1&...
 
Description Invited participant Innovate UK Digital Catapult Centre Roundtable on Future Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact This impact relates to the review of Innovate UK's Digital Catapult Centre activities to refine its focus based on the first stage of its activities with the aim of improved effectiveness of its work.
 
Description Member of the British Film Institute Research Fund External Advisory Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Academic lead on 'Internet of Place' concept for successful bid for Innovate UK Digital Catapult Centre Brighton 
Organisation Brighton & Hove City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I led the academic inputs to the development of the core concept of 'Internet of Place' for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB) bid and since the launch in early 2015 have continued to work on the application of the concept to the innovation work of DCCB including presenting, workshopping and publishing Version 1 of the research-informed resource paper Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy. This paper is aimed at a wide audience in business, research and policy. In addition to this work I have served on the Steering Group and Stakeholder Group of the DCCB from the outset and been actively engaged in diverse events it has organized in its first year of operation.
Collaborator Contribution My research and applied work has been deeply informed by this collaboration in a number of ways. These include further understanding of: the workings of economic structures at regional level; the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships; challenges in and opportunities for bringing agendas of local authorities and universities closer together; possibilities for stronger alignment of university research and teaching with local priorities and needs. In terms of my own specific research agenda, my understanding of the key role of creative arts and design in stimulating new forms of innovation in the Big Data and Internet of Everything eras has expanded and strengthened. I have also begun to identify new potential for fresh forms of collaboration across universities, businesses, local authorities and other stakeholders in building agendas for innovation which are close to markets and communiites.
Impact Research-informed resource paper 'Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy' by Gillian Youngs published February 2016. Mulitdisciplinary with inputs from business, arts and design, social science. My role as academic lead ended because I moved from the partner institution University of Brighton to University of Westminster. I remain engaged through the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton Stakeholder Group and I am continuing to work on the Internet of Place area. I also remain engaged with the Digital Catapult Centre in London and Innovate UK.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Academic lead on 'Internet of Place' concept for successful bid for Innovate UK Digital Catapult Centre Brighton 
Organisation Coast to Capital
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I led the academic inputs to the development of the core concept of 'Internet of Place' for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB) bid and since the launch in early 2015 have continued to work on the application of the concept to the innovation work of DCCB including presenting, workshopping and publishing Version 1 of the research-informed resource paper Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy. This paper is aimed at a wide audience in business, research and policy. In addition to this work I have served on the Steering Group and Stakeholder Group of the DCCB from the outset and been actively engaged in diverse events it has organized in its first year of operation.
Collaborator Contribution My research and applied work has been deeply informed by this collaboration in a number of ways. These include further understanding of: the workings of economic structures at regional level; the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships; challenges in and opportunities for bringing agendas of local authorities and universities closer together; possibilities for stronger alignment of university research and teaching with local priorities and needs. In terms of my own specific research agenda, my understanding of the key role of creative arts and design in stimulating new forms of innovation in the Big Data and Internet of Everything eras has expanded and strengthened. I have also begun to identify new potential for fresh forms of collaboration across universities, businesses, local authorities and other stakeholders in building agendas for innovation which are close to markets and communiites.
Impact Research-informed resource paper 'Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy' by Gillian Youngs published February 2016. Mulitdisciplinary with inputs from business, arts and design, social science. My role as academic lead ended because I moved from the partner institution University of Brighton to University of Westminster. I remain engaged through the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton Stakeholder Group and I am continuing to work on the Internet of Place area. I also remain engaged with the Digital Catapult Centre in London and Innovate UK.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Academic lead on 'Internet of Place' concept for successful bid for Innovate UK Digital Catapult Centre Brighton 
Organisation Innovate UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I led the academic inputs to the development of the core concept of 'Internet of Place' for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB) bid and since the launch in early 2015 have continued to work on the application of the concept to the innovation work of DCCB including presenting, workshopping and publishing Version 1 of the research-informed resource paper Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy. This paper is aimed at a wide audience in business, research and policy. In addition to this work I have served on the Steering Group and Stakeholder Group of the DCCB from the outset and been actively engaged in diverse events it has organized in its first year of operation.
Collaborator Contribution My research and applied work has been deeply informed by this collaboration in a number of ways. These include further understanding of: the workings of economic structures at regional level; the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships; challenges in and opportunities for bringing agendas of local authorities and universities closer together; possibilities for stronger alignment of university research and teaching with local priorities and needs. In terms of my own specific research agenda, my understanding of the key role of creative arts and design in stimulating new forms of innovation in the Big Data and Internet of Everything eras has expanded and strengthened. I have also begun to identify new potential for fresh forms of collaboration across universities, businesses, local authorities and other stakeholders in building agendas for innovation which are close to markets and communiites.
Impact Research-informed resource paper 'Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy' by Gillian Youngs published February 2016. Mulitdisciplinary with inputs from business, arts and design, social science. My role as academic lead ended because I moved from the partner institution University of Brighton to University of Westminster. I remain engaged through the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton Stakeholder Group and I am continuing to work on the Internet of Place area. I also remain engaged with the Digital Catapult Centre in London and Innovate UK.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Academic lead on 'Internet of Place' concept for successful bid for Innovate UK Digital Catapult Centre Brighton 
Organisation University of Chichester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led the academic inputs to the development of the core concept of 'Internet of Place' for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB) bid and since the launch in early 2015 have continued to work on the application of the concept to the innovation work of DCCB including presenting, workshopping and publishing Version 1 of the research-informed resource paper Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy. This paper is aimed at a wide audience in business, research and policy. In addition to this work I have served on the Steering Group and Stakeholder Group of the DCCB from the outset and been actively engaged in diverse events it has organized in its first year of operation.
Collaborator Contribution My research and applied work has been deeply informed by this collaboration in a number of ways. These include further understanding of: the workings of economic structures at regional level; the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships; challenges in and opportunities for bringing agendas of local authorities and universities closer together; possibilities for stronger alignment of university research and teaching with local priorities and needs. In terms of my own specific research agenda, my understanding of the key role of creative arts and design in stimulating new forms of innovation in the Big Data and Internet of Everything eras has expanded and strengthened. I have also begun to identify new potential for fresh forms of collaboration across universities, businesses, local authorities and other stakeholders in building agendas for innovation which are close to markets and communiites.
Impact Research-informed resource paper 'Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy' by Gillian Youngs published February 2016. Mulitdisciplinary with inputs from business, arts and design, social science. My role as academic lead ended because I moved from the partner institution University of Brighton to University of Westminster. I remain engaged through the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton Stakeholder Group and I am continuing to work on the Internet of Place area. I also remain engaged with the Digital Catapult Centre in London and Innovate UK.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Academic lead on 'Internet of Place' concept for successful bid for Innovate UK Digital Catapult Centre Brighton 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led the academic inputs to the development of the core concept of 'Internet of Place' for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB) bid and since the launch in early 2015 have continued to work on the application of the concept to the innovation work of DCCB including presenting, workshopping and publishing Version 1 of the research-informed resource paper Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy. This paper is aimed at a wide audience in business, research and policy. In addition to this work I have served on the Steering Group and Stakeholder Group of the DCCB from the outset and been actively engaged in diverse events it has organized in its first year of operation.
Collaborator Contribution My research and applied work has been deeply informed by this collaboration in a number of ways. These include further understanding of: the workings of economic structures at regional level; the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships; challenges in and opportunities for bringing agendas of local authorities and universities closer together; possibilities for stronger alignment of university research and teaching with local priorities and needs. In terms of my own specific research agenda, my understanding of the key role of creative arts and design in stimulating new forms of innovation in the Big Data and Internet of Everything eras has expanded and strengthened. I have also begun to identify new potential for fresh forms of collaboration across universities, businesses, local authorities and other stakeholders in building agendas for innovation which are close to markets and communiites.
Impact Research-informed resource paper 'Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy' by Gillian Youngs published February 2016. Mulitdisciplinary with inputs from business, arts and design, social science. My role as academic lead ended because I moved from the partner institution University of Brighton to University of Westminster. I remain engaged through the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton Stakeholder Group and I am continuing to work on the Internet of Place area. I also remain engaged with the Digital Catapult Centre in London and Innovate UK.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Academic lead on 'Internet of Place' concept for successful bid for Innovate UK Digital Catapult Centre Brighton 
Organisation University of Sussex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led the academic inputs to the development of the core concept of 'Internet of Place' for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB) bid and since the launch in early 2015 have continued to work on the application of the concept to the innovation work of DCCB including presenting, workshopping and publishing Version 1 of the research-informed resource paper Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy. This paper is aimed at a wide audience in business, research and policy. In addition to this work I have served on the Steering Group and Stakeholder Group of the DCCB from the outset and been actively engaged in diverse events it has organized in its first year of operation.
Collaborator Contribution My research and applied work has been deeply informed by this collaboration in a number of ways. These include further understanding of: the workings of economic structures at regional level; the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships; challenges in and opportunities for bringing agendas of local authorities and universities closer together; possibilities for stronger alignment of university research and teaching with local priorities and needs. In terms of my own specific research agenda, my understanding of the key role of creative arts and design in stimulating new forms of innovation in the Big Data and Internet of Everything eras has expanded and strengthened. I have also begun to identify new potential for fresh forms of collaboration across universities, businesses, local authorities and other stakeholders in building agendas for innovation which are close to markets and communiites.
Impact Research-informed resource paper 'Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy' by Gillian Youngs published February 2016. Mulitdisciplinary with inputs from business, arts and design, social science. My role as academic lead ended because I moved from the partner institution University of Brighton to University of Westminster. I remain engaged through the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton Stakeholder Group and I am continuing to work on the Internet of Place area. I also remain engaged with the Digital Catapult Centre in London and Innovate UK.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Academic lead on 'Internet of Place' concept for successful bid for Innovate UK Digital Catapult Centre Brighton 
Organisation Wired Sussex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I led the academic inputs to the development of the core concept of 'Internet of Place' for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB) bid and since the launch in early 2015 have continued to work on the application of the concept to the innovation work of DCCB including presenting, workshopping and publishing Version 1 of the research-informed resource paper Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy. This paper is aimed at a wide audience in business, research and policy. In addition to this work I have served on the Steering Group and Stakeholder Group of the DCCB from the outset and been actively engaged in diverse events it has organized in its first year of operation.
Collaborator Contribution My research and applied work has been deeply informed by this collaboration in a number of ways. These include further understanding of: the workings of economic structures at regional level; the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships; challenges in and opportunities for bringing agendas of local authorities and universities closer together; possibilities for stronger alignment of university research and teaching with local priorities and needs. In terms of my own specific research agenda, my understanding of the key role of creative arts and design in stimulating new forms of innovation in the Big Data and Internet of Everything eras has expanded and strengthened. I have also begun to identify new potential for fresh forms of collaboration across universities, businesses, local authorities and other stakeholders in building agendas for innovation which are close to markets and communiites.
Impact Research-informed resource paper 'Internet of Place Innovation in the data-rich experiential economy' by Gillian Youngs published February 2016. Mulitdisciplinary with inputs from business, arts and design, social science. My role as academic lead ended because I moved from the partner institution University of Brighton to University of Westminster. I remain engaged through the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton Stakeholder Group and I am continuing to work on the Internet of Place area. I also remain engaged with the Digital Catapult Centre in London and Innovate UK.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with Adam Smith Research Foundation, University of Glasgow 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Adam Smith Research Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Prof. Andrew Hoskins worked jointly with us on the idea for our seminar on Policy, Privacy and Digital Presence on November 6/7 2013 and through his established contact with Caspar Bowden was able to engage him as the keynote public speaker with an attendance of 100 including members of the public. Prof. Hoskins was also instrumental in joint work to engage other collaborators for the event.
Collaborator Contribution Event fed into the research for the digital policy project and outputs.
Impact The work is multidisciplinary and fed into the digital policy project in broad ways related to digital media and privacy issues.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Creative and Digital Economy: A New Fusion (I) 
Organisation Innovate UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A summary of some key points raised at the above event on March 30 2012 held to feed into debates about the agenda for the Technology Strategy Board?s recently announced Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC). Participants at the working seminar included academic researchers, creative and digital practitioners, businesses and policy makers. This summary has been prepared by Prof. Gillian Youngs, University of Wales, Newport, who co-organized the event with Frank Boyd, of the TSB Creative Industries KTN, and David Dowe, of the TSB ICT KTN. The points in the summary among others will be developed at future related events which are a joint initiative of the Creative Industries and ICT KTNs and the ESRC research seminar series on Digital Policy currently led by Prof. Youngs.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Creative and Digital Economy: A New Fusion (II) 
Organisation Innovate UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A summary of some key points raised at the above event on May 14 2012 at University of Wales, Newport, held to feed into debates about the agenda for the Technology Strategy Board?s recently announced Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC). Participants at the working seminar included academic researchers, creative and digital practitioners, businesses and policy makers. This summary has been prepared by Prof. Gillian Youngs, University of Wales, Newport, who co-organized the event with Frank Boyd, of the TSB Creative Industries KTN, and David Dowe, of the TSB ICT KTN. This was the second in a series of events which are a joint initiative of the Creative Industries and ICT KTNs and the ESRC research seminar series on Digital Policy currently led by Prof. Youngs.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Elected to Board of Capital Enterprise 
Organisation Capital Enterprise
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Capital Enterprise is an organization focused on innovation in the digital economy and accelerator work with start-ups. It leads European-funded projects in this area in collaboration with universities and the Digital Catapult Centre. My main inputs in participating in its work have been to share my expertise on the role of creative arts and design as drivers of innovation in the digital economy.
Collaborator Contribution Capital Enterprise is at the cutting edge of intelligence on the digital economy and investment in it as well as key policies affecting it. Participating in its work and networks has played a major part in keeping me sharply up to date with this fast moving scene and my capacities to disseminate the knowledge and its implications to wider networks within and beyond my own institution as well as drawing on it to inform my own applied research work.
Impact This work has largely entailed knowledge exchange to help shape the work of Capital Enterprise more effectively and contributions to project development.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Internet Users and Infrastructures for the Rural Economy in the Digital Age: A Forum for Policy and Practice 
Organisation Research Councils UK (RCUK)
Department dot.rural
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution A seminar aimed to address a full range of issues around rural Internet access bringing together colleagues from the dot .rural RCUK Digital Economy Hub, University of Aberdeen, and other Internet researchers and policymakers.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Membership of Capital Enterprise accelerator network 
Organisation Capital Enterprise
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Three main contributions: 1. Advocacy around creative arts and design methodologies as essential dimensions of innovation in next stage digital economy including such areas as virtual reality and augmented reality and their applications as well as AI and robotics. 2. Engagement with development of new Fast Forward pre-accelerator programme for young innovators in London. 3. Involvement with network activities and project development in such areas as inclusive innovation and co-working spaces.
Collaborator Contribution Main contributions include: 1. Up to date information on current major policy developments related to innovation and digital economy in government, local government. 2. Enabling membership of University of Westminster as one of the launch partners in Capital Enterprise's Fast Forward pre-accelerator programme with places allocated for student and alumni start-ups. 3. Involvement during bid preparations as potential participants in funded projects in digital economy such as European Regional Development Fund streams.
Impact The focus of this collaboration is multidisciplinary because it is focused on the importance of fusion of creative arts and design and science and technology in innovation in digital economy.
Start Year 2016
 
Description The Converged World of the Internet in a Connected Digital Economy 
Organisation Innovate UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This report summarizes discussion at a seminar, entitled ?The Converged World of the Internet in a Connected Digital Economy: A Workshop to Focus Collaboration Across Business, Industry and Academia?. The workshop was designed to explore strategies for building the collaboration essential to support a Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC), an initiative of the UK?s Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The organizers saw the success of the proposed catapult to depend in part on business, industry, and university centers of excellence defining a clear conception of the converged world of the Internet, and related media, information and communication technologies, particularly with how it connects with the creative sectors of the digital economy. A key impetus of this workshop was the need to join thinking across different sectors of business, industry and academia.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Digital Skills for the Next Generation - Chair of Inside Government event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Expert event identifying existing range of provision and priorities and challenges for digital upskilling for current and future economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description European Commission Security Research Conference - Chair of Expert Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interface between researchers and industry to clarify key practical challenges in security areas and how these can be addressed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Horizon Scanning for Department of Media, Culture and Sport for Digital Culture Policy (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A team from the Department of Media, Culture and Sport working on the Digital Culture Policy participated in workshops on individual areas to gather expert views and perspectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Internet of Things workshop organized by Innovate UK to contribute to preparations for government funding allocations process 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop involving digital businesses and researchers focusing on the case for government funding support for innovation in Internet of Things
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Participation in design exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Member of international panel on 'inclusive design' as part of Diversity + Inclusiveness Design Exhibition, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, October 18 2017. The panel involved industry practitioners, activists and myself as an academic researcher. The panel prompted a vibrant discussion among the audience about approaches to diversity which see it as a positive factor to consider in design - design for all - where it can generate useful/imaginative/aesthetic developments that would otherwise not happen.There was evidence of the panel debate prompting a flip in views that audience members found intriguing and useful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Policy engagement on Industrial Strategy and creative industries 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop involving academics, policymakers, businesses and third sector on role of creative industries in the industrial strategy facilitated by Creative Industries Federation as part of its lobbying work with government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/
 
Description Response to DCMS Open Letter on Communication Review 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Response to DCMS based on seminar entitled 'Digital Policy Issues for the New Communications Bill' at Oxford Internet Institute June 24 2011

Response to Open Letter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011