Nick TaylorI am an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Northumbria University, specialising in Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design.

My research sits at the intersection of design, technology and society. We attempt to understand the impact of emerging technologies and practices, and imagine, prototype and explore possible preferable futures around those technologies. I am particularly interested in:

  • technology to support neighbourhoods and communities, especially for civic engagement.
  • designing a trusted Internet of Things by embedding values including privacy, openness, decentralisation, inclusion and literacy.
  • making, DIY and craft approaches to technology, particularly to support people in harnessing technology for themselves.
  • participatory methods combing a range of approaches from speculative design to long-term deployments of functioning prototypes ‘in the wild’.

Previously, I received my PhD from Lancaster University before joining Newcastle University’s Culture Lab (now Open Lab) and DJCAD at the University of Dundee.

Current Research

I’m currently working on projects around the Open IoT Studio, our ongoing collaboration between Dundee and Mozilla: these include OpenDoTT (H2020) and Decentralising India’s Digital Futures (GCRF).

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Recent Publications

Rogers, J., Clarke, L., Skelly, M., Taylor, N., Thomas, P., Thorne, M., Larsen, S., Odrozek, K., Kloiber, J., Bihr, P., Jain, A., Arden, J., von Grafenstein, M. (2019). Our Friends Electric: Reflections on advocacy and design research for the voice enabled internet. Proceedings of CHI 2019, ACM, 114. doi:10.1145/3290605.3300344

Taylor, N., Clarke, L., Skelly, M. and Nevay, S. (2018). Strategies for engaging communities in creating physical civic technologies. Proceedings of CHI 2018, ACM, 507. doi:10.1145/3173574.3174081

Taylor, N. and Clarke, L. (2018). Everybody’s hacking: Participation and the mainstreaming of hackathons. Proceedings of CHI 2018, ACM, 172. doi:10.1145/3173574.3173746

Publications List