The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is making a £10m flagship investment to launch the Centre for Sociodigital Futures (CenSoF). The international center will run for an initial five year period, 2022 to 2027. The goal is to bring together researchers in the social sciences, engineering, and the arts to identify and shape sociodigital futures.
CenSoF works to advance equitable and sustainable societies by spurring collaboration amongst researchers who will investigate (1) the kinds of sociodigital futures that are in the making, (2) who or what is shaping sociodigital futures, (3) how are sociodigital futures emerging in everyday practice, and (4) what will this mean for widening social and economic inequalities and for the climate change crisis.
The Center’s research agenda, “will explore how digital devices, services and data are shaping (and being shaped by) everyday practices of consuming, caring, learning, moving (people and goods) and organising.”
CenSoF is run out of the University of Bristol in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths (University of London), the Institute of the Arts (University of London), and Lancaster.