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University groups

Culture Lab

Newcastle University. Patrick Olivier was the computer science collaborator on the Bespoke project and Peter Wright is a longstanding colleague from York University in the user experience area. Both share interests with DWRC in new forms of participatory design and citizen engagement.

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Royal College of Art. David Frohlich was Visiting Industry Fellow in this Centre for several years and retains close links with Jeremy Myerson and colleagues on inclusive design approaches and research findings.


Falmouth University. Justin Marshall was a key collaborator on the Bespoke and TV-Cam projects and remains a key collaborator for digital craft projects.

Academy for Innovation and Research

University of Falmouth. Several colleagues are affiliated to AIR, including Mike Wilson and Phil Stenton. Mike has been a longstanding colleague on the University of the Village project and other bids in the community media and digital storytelling area.

Future Interaction Technology Lab

University of Swansea. Matt Jones and Simon Robinson in the FIT Lab are longstanding colleagues from the StoryBank and Community Generated Media projects and current collaborators in evolving the Community Media Toolkit within developing communities:

George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling

University of South Wales. Hamish Fyfe is a past colleague from the University of the Village project and current collaborator on the NESTA/AHRC/Arts Council Wales programme of Digital R&D Fund for Arts in Wales.

School of Computing and Communications

Lancaster University. Jon Whittle was a colleague on the Design in the Digital World network within the Digital Economy Programme, and collaborator on the Connected Communities pilot project Big Society Research and Impact. He remains a partner for social innovation projects on civic engagement and participation.

User-centred engineering

Eindhoven University of Technology. DWRC had a four year Erasmus teaching and research exchange with TU/e Industrial Design programme because of a match between our multidisciplinary approaches to user-centred innovation. These links are currently being explored again within the new School of Arts context at Surrey. Berry Eggen who heads the UCE Group is the key contact for this and shares interests in sonic interaction design.

Centre for Contemporary Design Practices

University of Technology Sydney. Elise van den Hoven is a long term collaborator on digital photography and autobiographical memory and current co-supervisor of Connie Golsteijn’s PhD.

Psychology Department

University of California Santa Cruz. Steve Whittaker is a longstanding colleague in HCI and collaborator on memory and digital photography.

Commercial and third sector groups

Socio-digital Systems Group

Microsoft Research Cambridge. Abi Sellen has co-supervised two Microsoft Funded PhD projects at DWRC and is a long term collaborator on social media and memory. Richard Harper was previous Director of DWRC.

British Telecom Service and Operations

John Seton was collaborator on the University of the Village project and BT sponsor of the KTP project on Cross-media communication.

Age UK

Steering group partners on the SUS-IT project.

Centre for Digital Storytelling

Berkeley. Joe Lambert has been a long term contact in the digital storytelling area and now collaborator on the Insight Storytelling bid to AHRC.


Alex McMinn has been an advisor on the Tailoring Technology project funded by the Nominet Trust and potential collaborator on remote adult education proposals.

Nokia Research

Tampere. Mobile technology sponsor on the Storybank and Bespoke projects.

Maara Media Collective

Bangalore. NGO collaborator on the StoryBank and TV-Cam projects, conducting local ethnography and ICT evaluation.

Royal Society of Arts

Collaborator on the StoryBank project and the Insight Storytelling bid to AHRC.

Butetown History & Arts Centre

Glenn Jordan has been a collaborator on a pilot project and funding proposals, representing cultural heritage collections and expertise.

Contour Homes

Social housing partner on the Bespoke project.

(Now Julian Ranger is local entrepreneur we have collaborated with on TV-Cam and novel social media technology ideas.

Nominet Trust

Innovation charity funder for the Tailoring Technology project developing new methods of co-design with older people.


Innovation charity funder for the Re-Draw consortium, helping the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales programme.


Risto Sarvas is Visiting Fellow at Digital World and advises on web service design for social media. He now works for the web company Futurice in Helsinki.


Kristen Eglinton is Visiting Fellow at Digital World and was an RA on the Community Generated Media Project. She is currently an NGO partner on a Leverhulme bid with DWRC and the Roebens Institute at Surrey.

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