Current projects

EPSRC Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters

The Immersive Documentary Encounters interdisciplinary project examines how new virtual reality (VR) technology is being used in creation of novel forms of non-fiction content.

We are working with industry partners including the BBC, The Guardian and Aardman Animation to investigate how VRs affordances for immersion and interaction take forward documentary's mission for storytelling about our shared world. To do this we are employing mixed methods, combining media studies approaches to audience experience, ethnographic observation 'in the wild', questionnaires and interviews, with psychological user experience methodologies.

EPSRC ReNEW: developing Resilient Nations – towards a public health Early Warning system via urban water profiling

EPSRC ReNEW is a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant with an interdisciplinary consortium comprising researchers working in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and social sciences. The town of Stellenbosch provides a scoping platform to ascertain the feasibility of developing an early warning system (EWS) for public health using an urban water profiling approach.

ReNEW is committed to engaging with a broad range of stakeholders (such as municipalities, policy makers, health care providers, industries and communities) to guide our efforts towards optimising indicators that are appropriate for the region, and to help us understand how to best implement this approach.

AHRC Creative Cluster

The Bristol & Bath Creative Research & Development programme combines research from the University of the West of England (UWE), University of Bristol, Bath Spa University and the University of Bath and the digital creative centre Watershed. The programme also includes companies working across design, broadcast, performance, technology, publishing, and other sectors benefiting from a multi-million pound investment from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme, to support, connect and boost regional strengths in this area.

Previous projects

Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces

Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces was a three-year multi-disciplinary research project (2013-2016) that brought together researchers from the Universities of Bath, Exeter, Oxford, Queen Mary and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory to investigate and develop new understanding of how advanced tele-operated robotics can facilitate social presence in public spaces. It was funded by the EPSRC under its IDEAS Factory Sandpits call on Digital Personhood.

SID: An Exploration of Super-Identity

SID: An Exploration of Super-Identity was a three-year multi-disciplinary research project funded by EPSRC that ran from October 2011 to October 2014. The SID project involved a number of U.K. and U.S. institutions including the Universities of Southampton, Oxford, Leicester, Kent and Dundee and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and explored security and identity online.

The REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub

Professor Stanton Fraser was a member of the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub management committee of the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy. The REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub was a £5m project funded by AHRC. It ran from October 2011 to October 2015 and involved the Universities of the West of England, Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff and the Pervasive Media Studio (Bristol).