CHERISH-DE is a five-year initiative that explores how to deliver digital innovations that help people relate and respond to our rapidly expanding technological world, with a focus on health and social care, resource-constrained communities, and cyber safety and security. We work to make sure people feel empowered by the coming digital revolution. We want a digital economy that serves and understands our individual, family and community values, allowing them to evolve through meaningful engagement with digital systems and services.

CHERISH- DE themes

The centre supports a portfolio of projects and activities that address both specific themes and which draw on perspectives and insights from one area to bring fresh thinking and disruption to others. 

Further Information


CHERISH-DE facilitates projects, research-impact visits and secondments through a selection of funding mechanisms.

  • Escalator Seedcorn funding (£5K/£10K/£15K), provides seedcorn funding to explore and stimulate ideas, support proof of concept activities and pre-production devices.  
  • International Mobility (up to 2K), to support travel and subsistence for a visit abroad to an international research collaborator and vice versa.
  • Industry Secondments (up to £2K) are designed for Swansea University academic and research staff who are interested in building links with external parters.

Digital Economy Crucible

Crucible is an exclusive development opportunity for aspiring junior academics to understand the wider context in which they work and to develop a broader perspective of themselves, how they might progress within their longer term career and, in particular, build a strengthened network for work- related collaboration and peer support.


The CHERISH-DE Centre is one of six national Digital Economy Centres funded by EPSRC and a range of research users until October 2020. Each centre is focused on a specific area of digital innovation. The Digital Economy network will drive forward the UK’s Digital Economy research, knowledge and skills, helping position the country as a world leader in this field. Researchers are encouraged to reach out across centres to collaborate.

Our Partners

All our partners contribute to the development of the centre’s research themes and have established collaborations with Swansea University. They represent important stakeholders from the private, public and third-sectors and the portfolio combines technology and challenging human environment-focussed enterprises. Read more about our partners