The Digital World Research Centre (DWRC) carries out new media innovation projects with social and cultural benefit. To do this we conduct interdisciplinary research into new media platforms, content and experiences. We also strive to commercialize and apply the findings of our research in society.
DWRC was established in 1998 as a multi-disciplinary research centre in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Surrey. It now resides within the Department of Music and Media in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Early work concentrated on understanding the social impact of new technologies such as mobile phones, e-books and the internet. Current work is focused on understanding new forms of digital media production and consumption, and developing ways of supporting them with novel media genres, formats, devices and services. For example, we have created new kinds of audio-based social media systems for mobile digital storytelling, novel photo display systems for keeping in touch with family and friends, and augmented paper systems for connecting paper to the web.
The centre runs a combination of PhD and post-doctoral research projects.