Find out about the research being undertaken at the Centre.

The ESRC Centre for Sociodigital Futures (CenSoF) supports new approaches to fairer and more sustainable societies. In order to achieve this, it is engaged in an ambitious programme of research, uniting experts from across the world to investigate three core questions: 

  1. What sociodigital futures are being claimed and made, and how, by which actors, across key domains of social life?
  2. What sociodigital futures are being made in the intersections of future-making claims, digital technologies and everyday practice?
  3. What capabilities and capacities are needed for sociodigital futures research and intervention?

These questions are each designed to interrogate sociodigital futures-in-the-making, and to identify means of intervention to address widening social and economic inequalities such as the climate change crisis.

Our research programme investigates these questions from multiple perspectives:

Domains of Sociodigital Practice

Explore how digital devices, services and data are shaping - and being shaped by - the following everyday Domains of Sociodigital Practice:

  • Caring
  • Consuming
  • Learning
  • Moving (people and goods), and
  • Organizing.

Technical Affordance Projects (TAPs)

The Technical Affordance Projects (TAPs) engage critically with the technical materialities and affordances of digital technologies, and sociodigital futures that are ‘in the making’. We focus on:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality (AR/VR/MR)
  • High Performance Networks, and
  • Robotics.


Our interconnecting Threads weave across the Centre to drive integrated theoretical, methodological, collaborative, and design-focussed capabilities and capacity building for sociodigital futures research, engagement and interventions. They are:

  • Collaboration
  • Design
  • Methods
  • Theories.

Futures Studio

All members of the Centre belong to the Futures Studio, which convenes integrative activities to reflect on findings, support collective experimentation and materialise shared sociodigital futures-in-the-making.

Research outputs

Find out more about the outputs and resources generated from our research.

The Centre develops theoretical, methodological and applied capacity for interdisciplinary and collaborative research and experimentation. We are delivering this through our innovative Futures Studio – bringing together a wide range of skills, expertise and experiences to explore and interrogate possible sociodigital futures.

Prof. Dale Southerton, Co-director

Domains of Sociodigital Practice

Find out more about Domains of Sociodigital Practice (caring, consuming, learning, moving and organizing).

Technical Affordance Projects (TAPs)

The TAPs explore four digital technology areas - find out more.


The Centre's interconnecting Threads create capacity for sociodigital futures research - find out more.

To find out more about our structure, and the role of the Futures Studio alongside the Domains of Sociodigital Practice, the interconnecting Threads and Technical Affordance Projects (TAPs), view the following animation (MP4) and images (pdf):

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