What’s social

about technology?


Where is the human

in tech design?

The Centre.

DERC conducts human-centred research of data and digital transformations

We work with students, communities, governmental, nonprofit and corporate partners.

Our researchers explore how humans feel, create, respond, and engage with digital technologies.

We study everyday lived experience, the future of work, creative youth practices, tech policies, tech design, digital literacy and a range of other human-centred design propositions.

Hosted by RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, DERC offers world class training ground and expertise for both small and largescale research initiatives. We are ranked as one of the top two research Centres in Australia focused on the social impact of digital media.


Diverse Knowledges — Hidden Voices

anything we call "interdisciplinarity" will include diverse ways of knowing, which means bring many voices to projects, from the outset.

Events, News posted on July 5, 2022

DERC 2022 seminar series on responsible data science

DERC 2022 co-sponsors a series on "Responsible Data Science" with University of Cambridge's Minderoo Centre on Technology and Democracy

Events, News posted on March 25, 2022

Digital CBD Project – Report #2 Release Event

Come along to the release of the Digital CBD Project's second report on: Thursday 7 April 2022 at 1.00 pm Register here The second report...

Events, News posted on March 24, 2022

Digital CBD Survey 2022

RMIT researchers launched a city-wide survey to assess the attitudes and perceptions of residents.

News posted on March 22, 2022

“Shadowless Being” Keynote by Professor Michael Taussig

Professor Michael Taussig to deliver keynote address on 'Shadowless Being' on 30 March at Kaleide Theatre RMIT. Book your free ticket here. About this...

Events, News posted on March 15, 2022

Congratulations Dr Yee Man Louie

Yee Man Louie has achieved her PhD with outstanding examiner reports. Her thesis titled ‘For better or worse: when technology intersects with domestic violence...

News posted on February 21, 2022


Is anonymity a problem for young people in social media spaces? @alexiamadd unpacks anonymous question apps on social media and their possible impacts for young people. http://ow.ly/Sl7X50K8c7C @ResearchRMIT @RMIT

Critical Gambling Studies is excited to announce its new special issue: Philosophy & Gambling: Reflections from Macao edited by Mario Wenning and Fiona Nicoll. Please join the virtual launch event scheduled for July 29, 5pm AEST. http://ow.ly/45Lg50K35kr

Deepfakes are realistic-looking videos of people who were never recorded—these are open to use as disinformation. With regulation and detection software lagging behind, @robcover unpacks strategies everyday users can take to spot a deepfake. https://bit.ly/dpfk-conv @ResearchRMIT

Taken a break from your music career? Planning a break? RMIT is working with @APRAAMCOS, @ausmusiccentre & @VMDO_ to help women and gender non-conforming people return to the Vic music workforce. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/mpVc50JXMIF @ResearchRMIT @dcpecp @RMIT

Check out @DigitalEthno's report for ACCAN on E-changers or remote/ rural workers with city jobs: http://ow.ly/W3rS50JXMsa @ResearchRMIT @dcpecp @RMIT @DigEthnogLSE @oiioxford @datasociety @medianthro @AoIR_org @epicpeople_org @Network_Centers @BKCHarvard