Tony is a co-founder of the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG) and Club Critical Theory – See full list of events and information on CERG on the CERG blog.

CERG projects aim to apply critical theory, radical ideas and empowering concepts to problems affecting local communities in East London and South Essex

Internally Funded CERG Projects (Civic/Community Engagement)

  • Project Lead on first Resorting to the Coast Conference (awarded £4,000 plus £8,000 from Essex CC HLF)
  • Project Lead on Silvertown Sessions: Supporting the Communication Needs of the Local Community (awarded £750). Two events/workshops: Community Wealth Building and Youth Safety
  • Project lead on second Resorting to the Coast Conference (awarded £1,750)

Research Internship Fund

  • Project Lead on UX research project for Essex County Council’s HLF Resorting to the Coast (awarded £2,000)
  • Project Lead on Digital Food Cultures Focus Groups (awarded £2,000)
  • Project Lead on EmotionUX Lab Website Project (awarded £2,000)

Impact Fund

  • Project Lead on Essex Futures Conference – a 2 Day Conference at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea, Essex (awarded £2,500)

CERG/CCT Conferences 

In addition to his work with CERG Tony also hosts the Affect and Social Media international conferences in East London

4x Affect and Social Media Interdisciplinary and International UEL Conferences/Symposia: LINKS

External and Collaborative Funding Projects applied for 

  • Proposed Project Partner (with ActiViM) on collaborative application submitted to Europe for Citizens “Understanding the European Past of Fascism Cultures: Actions towards a Virtual Museum.” (10,000Euro).
  • Proposed Project Lead on CERC/DSWG/UEL “Creative Digital: Southend” project – bid to “Make Happen” (HEFCE and Essex University), (£95, 000).
  • Proposed partner on collaborative application submitted to the 4th HERA Joint Research Programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe.” (160, 000Euro of 1 millionEuro).
  • Proposed PI for Virality/Journalism project made to AHRC (£500k).
  • Proposed Project Partner for Digital Piracy projectbid made to British Academy (£10k).