Welcome to CIRA
The Community Informatics Research and Applications Unit (CIRA), University of Teesside was established in 1996 to investigate the social and economic impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on communities. In particular, it explores the growth of the Internet and the consequences for community development, economic restructuring and social inclusion.
One of CIRA's chief objectives was to guide and support those communities who wanted to use technologies as a means for community development, as well as empowerment. In practice it achieves its aims and objectives through a number of partnerships, projects and activities. Teesonline is central to the aims of CIRA and is delivered through a combination of activities offered to targeted communities to develop their ICT capacity.
CIRA is also home to the international journal -information, Communication & Society (iCS) Click to logo below for more information.