Research Projects


Connecting Bath

Connecting Bath is a report commissioned by Bristol + Bath Creative R+D. The current/planned roll-out of 5G connectivity and the future development of 6G are potentially significant opportunities for the creative industries in Bath.
Under the leadership of Professor Kate Pullinger, Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University, Bristol + Bath Creative R+D commissioned Studio Residents City Global Futures to undertake this research, exploring the feasibility of a private, cutting edge digital network for Bath.

View the full report here.

The Connecting Bath team were recently invited to host a panel event about their findings at the Bath Digital Festival. See the live stream of the event below.



Launched in April 2021, MyWorld is a brand new five-year programme, the flagship for the UK’s creative technology sector, and is part of a UK-wide exploration into devolved research and development funding (UKRI video). Led by the University of Bristol, MyWorld will position the South West as an international trailblazer in screen-based media. This £46m programme will bring together 30 partners from Bristol and Bath’s creative technologies sector and world-leading academic institutions, to create a unique cross-sector consortium. MyWorld will forge dynamic collaborations to progress technological innovation, deliver creative excellence, establish and operate state of the art facilities, offer skills training and drive inward investment, raising the region’s profile on the global stage.

The programme involves a large number of collaborative partners, including the four universities in Bristol and Bath alongside multiple creative industries partners and a complex delivery programme across multiple work packages.

Bath Spa currently has a MyWorld PhD studentship open for applications. Download the studentship description here.





Bristol+Bath Creative R+D

Bristol+Bath Creative R+D is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between digital creativity centre Watershed and the region’s four universities – UWE Bristol, Bath Spa University, the University of Bath and the University of Bristol. Its purpose is to break down doors, connecting the worlds of university research and creative business to develop a shared vision for tomorrow’s creative industries.



Innovation in Digital Writing

Agnieszka Przybyszewska’s digital writing project is focused on literature created with new technologies. She is very interested in haptic, embodied reading (one that involves all reader’s senses, even the whole reader’s body). Her case studies encompass literature read in VR, stories narrated with words, pictures, sounds and interactions, works which can be read only by walking through a specific space, and narrations that track readers and respond to their location, touch or even breathing. One of Agnieszka’s goals is to prepare a monograph on Professor Kate Pullinger’s digital writing and point out her role as a pioneer in many e-literature genres.


Paper Nations

Paper Nations is a creative writing incubator, commissioning writers throughout the South West of England to create new work, nurturing local communities of support for writers, and creating multi-channel partnerships to showcase new writing internationally. Funded until August 2021.



The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN)

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million Research England funded project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. The project is a joint venture between Bath Spa University, UWE, University of Plymouth, Falmouth University, Watershed in Bristol and Kaleider in Exeter that ran until April 2021.