Digital Economy

Next Stage Symposium

10th June 2024

One Birdcage Walk, London

There are a few remaining tickets, please ​contact us at if ​you would like a ticket

Showcasing the impact of Socio-technical Research for the Digital Economy

Showcasing the ​impact of Socio-​technical Research ​for the Digital ​Economy

For over a decade, UKRI’s Digital ​Economy (DE) Theme has invested in ​a programme of funding to support ​research in the UK to rapidly realise ​the transformational impact of ​digital technologies on community ​life, cultural experiences, future ​society and an innovative economy.

The Digital Economy Next Stage Symposium will showcase outputs and ​impacts of socio-technical research in the UK from six Next Stage DE ​centres; who have been looking at ways to harness digital technologies for ​our economy, our communities, our cultural lives, and our health and ​wellbeing.

This public, free-to-attend symposium will highlight the programmes’ research. Bringing together researchers with businesses, government bodies, charities and public organisations, where attendees will discover the real-world impacts and direct, practical applications of DE research.

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What to expect

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What is the future of the ​Digital Economy?

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How can content be created ​equitably and sustainably?

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Can you trust what you see on ​the internet?

A defining feature of the Digital Economy Theme has been the way that it brings researchers together to explore these ​questions, across a wide range of disciplines; connecting engineering, computing and mathematical sciences with the ​social sciences, the arts and humanities and beyond.

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Arrival and tea and coffee


We​lcome from Prof. Richard Harper


Keynote Speaker - Prof. Yvonne Rogers


Digital Economy Next stage Centres

Future Places






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| Centre for Digital Citizens (CDC)


Key note speaker - Lord Chris Holmes


Lunch -

Opportunity to network, see demos and posters



  • Equitable and Sustainable Digital Society (Theatre)
  • Beyond the Data Driven Economy (Council Room)



  • Content Creation and Consumption (Theatre)
  • Trust Identity Privacy Security (​Council Room)




A UKRI perspective on a Digital Future - Prof Christopher ​Smith


Plenary discussion


Closing comments

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Keynote speaker

Yvonne Rogers is a Professor of Interaction Design, the director of ​UCL Interaction Centre and a deputy head of the Computer ​Science department at University College London. Her research ​interests are in the areas of ubiquitous computing, interaction ​design and human-computer interaction. A central theme of her ​work is how to design interactive technologies that can enhance ​life by augmenting and extending everyday, learning and work ​activities.


Yvonne Rogers


UCL Interaction Centre

Lord Holmes

Chris Holmes passionately advocates for technology ​diversity and inclusion, focusing on digital tech for public ​good, particularly in AI and blockchain, including areas ​like Fintech and Trade. In Parliament, he specializes in ​tech legislation, introducing a bill for AI regulation and ​contributing to the groundbreaking electronic trade ​documents Bill.

Chris co-authored House of Lords Select Committee ​Reports on democracy and digital technologies [2020], AI ​[2018], and digital skills [2015]. He published a report on ​government testing blockchain solutions for policy ​delivery [2017] and advises several Tech and Fintech ​companies.

In the realm of inclusion, Chris authored reports on ​accessibility, support for disabled students, and Lords ​reports on financial exclusion [2017], social mobility ​[2016], and the Lord Holmes review on public ​appointments for disabled people.

As an ex-Paralympic swimmer, Chris won 19 gold, five ​silvers, and one bronze medal, including a record six ​golds at Barcelona 1992. He continues to advise the ​government on diversity and inclusion.


Chris Holmes

of Richmond MBE

UK Parliament


The Digital Economy Next Stage Centres focus on the 5 themes of the Digital Economy and ​experts from industry, academia and funding bodies will share their views on the direction of ​these themes and invite you to ask questions.

Equitable & Sustainable Digital Society

Rhia will be joined by other panelists

14:10-15:00 in the Lecture Theatre

Dr Helen Thornham

University of Leeds

Dr Bruna Petreca

Royal College of Art

Dr Clara Crivelaro

Newcastle University

Rhia is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, establishing and leading a ​research centre focused on building desirable and resilient ​public media futures. Prior to this she led the Responsible ​Innovation programme in BBC R&D where she collaborated with ​academic and industry partners to deliver well-timed research ​to inform technology, policy, and strategy.

Rhianne holds a PhD in digital media and society, an MA in social ​research and professional qualifications in data, law, policy, and ​regulation and AI ethics and society. Rhianne currently leads the ​BBC’s engagement with the AHRC BRAID programme, the ESRC ​Digital Good Network and the EPSRC Centre for Digital Citizens. ​She also holds strategic advisory roles for the UK TAS Hub and ​Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute.


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Damien will be joined by other panelist,

Michael Evans (BBC R&D, Kirsten Cater (University of ​Bristol), Darren Cosker (Microsoft) and Cathy Kerfoot, ​UKRI)

Beyond the Data Driven Economy

14:10-15:00 in the Council Room (2nd floor)

Dr Neelima Sailaja

University of ​Nottingham

Rashik Parmar

CEO British

Computing Society

Prof .Mike Fraser

University of ​Bristol


Prof. Roger Maull

Roger Maull is Professor of Management Systems at the University of Exeter’s Business School and Academic Director of the Initiative for the Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX), which is based on London’s South Bank. Prior to re-joining Exeter, he was 4 years at the University of Surrey and before that 16 years at the University of Exeter Business School.

Roger has been an investigator on 28 RCUK projects with a total value exceeding £40m. He currently has three major projects, two live UKRI research grants and a third award funded by DSTL.

Roger is one of the core team for the UK’s Defence Data Research Centre (DSTL funding £4m) based at Exeter. This is investigating the use of data in the MoD and focused on cultural and behavioural challenges.

Roger will be joined by other panelists

Content Creation and Consumption

Damien will be joined by other panelists

15:05-15:55 in the Lecture Theatre

Mike Evans


Prof. Kirsten Cater

University of Bristol

Darren Cosker


Cathy Kerfoot



Prof. Damian Murphy

Damian Murphy is Professor at the University of York, UK, where his research focuses on the development and creative application of immersive audio and virtual acoustic modelling.

He is the Director of both the XR Stories Creative Industries R&D Partnership and EPSRC XR Network+ Digital Economy project.

He is also a Co-Investigator on CoSTAR Live Lab, all exploring the next generation of convergent immersive and interactive media technologies for the UK’s creative industries and wider digital economy.

Trust Identity Privacy Security (TIPS)

Gerard will be joined by other panelists

15:05-15:55 in the Council Room (2nd floor)

Prof Ben Azvine,

Head of BT

Global Security

Mark Elliot


Lynne Coventry

Abertay University

Gerard is a Full Professor in Telecommunications Engineering and has been Head of School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA) from 2016-2023 which involved a range of senior management roles and responsibilities covering Teaching, Research, Innovation and Outreach.

He holds a PhD in Self-Stabilising Protocols from Ulster University, and one of the founding Fathers of the Internet (Professor Jon Postel) as a Visiting Research Scientist at the DARPA/University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute in Marina Del Rey, LA.


Prof. Gerard Parr MBE

Digital Economy Next ​Stage Symposium

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10th June 2024 - 09:00-17:30

One Birdcage Walk, London

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Digital Economy Theme

UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) invest in research and innovation to enrich lives, drive ​economic growth, and create jobs and high-quality public services across the UK.

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The digital economy (DE) theme was led by the Engineering ​and Physical Sciences Research (EPSRC), part of UKRI, and ​focused on supporting research to rapidly realise the ​transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of ​community life, cultural experiences, future society and the ​economy.

The themes also ​addressed the challenge of how the ​novel ​design and use of digital ​technologies can contribute to an ​​innovative, healthy economy and ​inclusive society.

The five priority areas and are at the heart of digital economy ​research:

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Trust, identity, privacy and security

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Content Creation and consumption

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Beyond a data driven economy

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Sustainable Digital Society

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Equitable Digital Society

EPSRC themes will continue to take the digital economy approach to user involvement, actively incentivising interdisciplinary working and true co-​creation with potential users of research, where appropriate. Digital economy will actively be promoted through recent investments, including the 6 ​next stage ​centres, 5 Network Plus grants and 7 Equitable Digital Society grants.

Digital Economy Centres

The 6 Digital Economy Centres across the UK have focused their research across the 5 themes and are excited to ​share their research and the impact that it has had on society.

The Centre for the Analysis of Motion, ​Entertainment Research and Applications ​(CAMERA) performs world-leading research in ​Intelligent Visual and Interactive Technology, ​underpinned by academic and partner expertise ​across both core EPSRC research disciplines – ​Computer Vision, Graphics, Human Computer ​Interaction and AI – as well expertise in healthcare, ​rehabilitation, biomechanics, musculoskeletal ​modelling, sports performance, and psychology.

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The Future Places Centre builds on Lancaster ​University’s pioneering projects on pervasive ​computing, the Internet of Things and the ​natural environment, on ‘futures thinking’ and ​data science. This creates a portfolio of applied ​research endeavours that help the University ​and the communities it serves to better ​understand the places in which they exist.

With insights provided by everyday and state of ​the art computing, the FPC helps to make future ​places healthier spaces.

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The Centre for Digital Citizens (CDC) takes an ​inclusive, participatory approach to the design ​and evaluation of new technologies and services ​that support smart, data-rich living, within and ​across urban, rural and coastal communities.

Working with citizens and key stakeholders they ​co-design sustainable ‘Digital Social Innovations’, ​bringing the benefits of the digital economy ​equitably to diverse communities, seeking long-​lasting societal value and impact.

Digital Economy Next ​Stage Symposium

10th June 2024 - 09:00-17:30

One Birdcage Walk, London

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Registration now ​closed

There are a few remaining tickets, please ​contact us at if ​you would like a ticket



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