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.


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

Platform Cooperative Research Sprint – Successful Grant

In late 2020, DERC PhD researchers Kelsie Nabben and Megan Kelleher participated in a competitive selection research sprint, supported by Janet Roitman, with The...

News posted on February 18, 2022


Integrating digitalisation is key to resolving disruptions to #supplychains now and in the future - find out more in the #digitalcbd's latest report launched today 👉https://bit.ly/3L8B3Ng @Rmitccsri @BlockchainRMIT @RMITBusRes

Tonight I announced my new #PlaceLab @ResearchRMIT @DigitalEthno #NewEuropeanBauhaus project on #moodboarding as method for building textural and layered data for #smartcities. Look out for events in Barcelona, Melbourne, and Ho Chi Minh City! #futuremaking

New research on what we want what we like. http://ow.ly/PnCy50IWSG7
@ResearchRMIT @OzBeeUVBG @JirGarci

DERC's PhD @mosesiten article Mexican Sonidero Sound System Culture in Times of Covid-19 published in @Dancecult_EDMC Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. #soundsystemculture #culturasonidera #cumbiaresearch
@ResearchRMIT @DigEthnogLSE @medianthro

Do we want, what we like, due to a common wanting reward system in brains?
@JirGarci @OzBeeUVBG