Digital Writing Environments, Location, & Localization Lab at the University of Rhode Island. Using location-based media for science communication and public advocacy.

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Digital Writing Environments, Location, and Localization (DWELL) Lab

The DWELL Lab investigates how location-based media are changing the ways that writers and readers interact with place. DWELL is a collaborative initiative between the Departments of Professional & Public Writing and Natural Resources Science that focuses on innovative approaches to science communication. We provide funded experiential learning opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students through student grants and awards as well as through our funded community-engaged digital projects. Projects in the lab focus on the use of mobile, locative, and wearable technologies for community-engaged science communication, social justice, and environmental advocacy.

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DWELL works at the nexus of science and technical/professional writing, rhetorical field methods, and digital production to create high-impact experiential learning initiatives in support of public interests and local communities. Through a foundation in the study of rhetoric, we combine spatial theories, user-localization, and place-based methods with emerging technologies to build platforms that foster equitable knowledge-production within local communities.

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  • DWELL welcomes Visiting Artist John Craig Freeman to URI - Photo credit: John Craig Freeman/”Climate Change Migration Stories” DWELL Lab is excited to announce that John Craig Freeman will be visiting the University of Rhode Island as a Harrington Visiting Artist from April 22-26, 2024. Freeman is an artist with over three decades of experience using emerging technologies to invent new forms of large-scale public […]
  • Student work on the North Woods Project featured by CELS, URI News - Image Credit: Beau Jones/ “The Layers of a Place” in URI News The North Woods Project, which is organized by DWELL Lab but includes many collaborators within the URI community, was recently featured by the College of Environment and Life Science (CELS) and URI News. Through an open-access digital resource, the North Woods Project combines […]
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