The Society perspective is exploring the wider relationships within which the end user of SiDE's digital technologies (those generally regarded as being socially excluded) are situated. The use of technology takes place in social contexts and our focus needs to take account of the social, institutional and spatial contexts within which these users live their lives. We will explore the impacts of technology led initiatives on social inclusion, how end users can be involved in the research process and how outcomes can be measured. Read more
Featured Case Study
A deeper understanding of marginalised groups and how digital technologies might be brought to bear upon social issues is generated in a variety of ways. Net Assets has provided case study material so that SiDE Society strand researchers can focus on policy in practice. Net Assets is a Regional Youth Work Unit (RYWU) led project which is seeking to engage young people in a political campaign of their choice – an opportunity for them to use social media to galvanise support and influence appropriate decision makers. SiDE Society researchers, Liz Robson and Graeme Mearns are participant observers and acting as ‘critical friends’ throughout the yearlong programme of activities.
Angela Abbott presented an update on her research on ‘A Good Death’ in conjunction with Home Group and Science City, at this year’s Digital Economy All Hands conference in Aberdeen.
SiDE researchers Dr Graeme Mearns and DR Angela Abbott both presented paper at this year's DE All Hands conference in Aberdeen.