RCUK Digital Economy Hub
focusing on the rural digital economy

What is digital economy?

Digital economy research brings together expertise from different academic disciplines to understand and develop new digital technologies – working closely with those who will benefit from the research. These partners are crucial to the success of the research and may be drawn from community groups, NGOs, government or industry.

The Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme is supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of such technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy. Since its inception in 2008 the Theme has invested over £138m on a range of activities. These include three large interdisciplinary Research Hubs, led by the Universities of Aberdeen, Newcastle and Nottingham.

dot.rural is the RCUK Digital Economy Hub focusing on the rural digital economy. Rural areas have specific characteristics that create challenges around issues such as quality of life and wealth creation. These include: small, often dispersed populations; narrow and uneven channels of information flow; rapid change in population structures and economic activity bases; and restricted access to digital infrastructure. We believe that rural areas of the UK can, through the user-led application of digital technology, be more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Our aim is to harness the Hub’s expertise with a range of partners to realise this ambition.

Projects

Individual interdisciplinary research projects carry out most of the research at the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub alongside individual PhD and partnership projects. All projects are interdisciplinary and address real world problems. From buses to bumblebees, first responders to local history, dot.rural projects involve user partners and innovative technology solutions aiming to improve society, economy or the environment.

Featured Project: ASICA

The ASICA project seeks to improve the experience of aftercare for those diagnosed with melanoma, especially those living in remote and rural communities. All such patients are at risk of a recurrence or a second melanoma and research indicates that the two-years following diagnosis is a particularly anxious time for patients. Patients in remote and rural communities incur considerable costs to attend scheduled hospital follow-up and face an anxious wait until concerns are addressed.

News

  • Skin Cancer Patient Tablet application in the news
    The dot.rural ASICA project has been recently featured in the news on television, radio and in print media. The ASICA project seeks to improve the experience of aftercare for those diagnosed with melanoma, especially those living in remote and rural communities. All such patients are at risk of a recurrence or a second melanoma and […]
  • Cross Currents workshop in Bangalore
    From 12 – 14 May 2014 a workshop: Cross Currents was held in Bangalore, jointly organised by researchers from dot.rural and IIIT Bangalore. The project website contains the details and the associated twitter conversations can be seen by searching for the hashtag #XCurrents. The purpose of the workshop was to promote knowledge exchange between academics […]
  • Digital Conservation Conference at Aberdeen
    The Natural Resource Conservation theme of dot.rural is running a conference Digital Conservation: Understanding the impacts of digital technology on nature conservation in Aberdeen 21-23 May 2014. Information is below and more can be found at the Conference website. Digital applications are increasingly being used in nature conservation and span a range of domains e.g. […]

People

dot.rural is led by Peter Edwards, Professor of Computing Science (Director) and John D. Nelson, Professor of Transport Studies (Co-Director). They are joined by a group of academic investigators who lead the various research themes. Research staff include post-doctoral research fellows and research assistants, alongside a large cohort of PhD students. To deliver on its activities, the Hub draws on the expertise of academic colleagues from across the University of Aberdeen and a variety of other institutions. The Core Team support all Hub administration, training and outreach activities.

Contact Us

Contact Address

dot.rural Digital Economy Hub

MacRobert Building

King’s College

Aberdeen, AB24 5UA

Contact Details

+44 (0)1224 274065

dotrural@abdn.ac.uk