CuRAtOR is a 3 year multi-partner, multi-disciplinary, UK national research project which is investigating the cultures of fear that are propagated through online Othering and how this can lead to subsequent mistrust and stigmatization of groups or communities. The project will explore how new interactive digital experiences might be designed to counteract the resultant problematic outcomes of Othering, and lead to more critical and balanced online debate around contemporary socio-political issues.

The project is led by the Northumbria Social Computing Lab (NorSC Lab) at the University of Northumbria in collaboration with partners at the University of Bath, Newcastle University, and the University of Nottingham.

CuRAtOR is supported by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in partnership with Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and is one of a cluster of projects funded under the “Empathy and Trust In Communicating Online” (EMoTICON) call.