Research Themes

At CIID, we base our research activities on the interests of ongoing projects and partners, and on our sense of salient issues affecting the resonance of society and technology. Currently we are engaged with and interested to explore the future possibilities of:

Learning & Education

The ways that knowledge and learning processes are approached, both inside and outside of traditional learning environments. Looking at the potential for interactive technologies to develop new, immediate, environmental and context-dependent directions for teaching, both lifelong, and situated learning of practice and theory.

Cultural Contexts

We undertake practice-oriented projects towards a better understanding of cultural organisations like museum and libraries as they exist in a digital age. This includes interests in exhibition, archival, and communication practices, as well as artistic, performance, and creative production contexts.

Ageing & Wellbeing

We develop projects toward the benefit of specific user communities, with a particular interest in areas of the population outside the mainstay of digital culture. The elderly and those with special needs are particular users for whom digital design and interactivity have promise for aiding levels of both autonomy and connectivity.


The design of interfaces and interactions with data increasingly forms a central part of current human cooperations with technologies. Techniques for collecting, interacting with and visualising data create a framework for a general motivation of helping people develop a literacy around the role that data plays in shaping our lives, and the role we might play in authoring data. Digital cultural applications, bridging the experience of qualitative and (increasingly) quantitative experience, are central to this work. Further directions include tangible interfaces, tools for understanding and aestheticising data, and digital humanities interests and applications


We are always interested to expand our current and upcoming roster of projects. Please contact Raffaela Rovida if you have ideas for upcoming projects, proposals and research activities.