My primary research interest is in the design of technology to support communities and civic engagement. Underpinning all of this research is a desire to empower citizens to have a positive impact on their environment. Within this topic, I am particularly interested in:
- applications of DIY and making, citizen science, Internet of Things and ubiquitous computing for communities and civic engagement.
- innovative participatory methods and research in the wild, especially over long periods with a focus on sustainability and legacy.
- public spaces in urban and rural environments as sites for interventions.
Previously, I received my PhD from Lancaster University before joining Culture Lab at Newcastle University as a post-doc researcher.
My current research projects include Hacking for Situated Civic Engagement (EPSRC) and In the Making (AHRC), both exploring how aspects of maker culture can be applied to different communities. I am interested in topics around communities, civic engagement, DIY and making, citizen science and the Internet of Things.
Select Recent Publications
Taylor, N., Hurley, U. and Connolly, P. (2016). Making community: the wider role of makerspaces in public life. Proceedings of CHI 2016. Forthcoming.
Taylor, N., Frohlich, D., Egglestone, P., Marshall, J., Rogers, J., Blum-Ross, A., Mills, J., Shorter, M. and Olivier, P. (2014). Utilising insight journalism for community technology design. Proceedings of CHI 2014, ACM, 2995–3004, doi:10.1145/2556288.2557054.
Taylor, N., Cheverst, K., Wright, P. and Olivier, P. (2013). Leaving the wild: lessons from community technology handovers. Proceedings of CHI 2013, ACM, 1549–1558, doi:10.1145/2470654.2466206. (Honorable Mention Award)