Postdoc Vacancy: I’m currently looking for a postdoc to research community hackathons and civic tech. Details here.

Nick TaylorI am a Dundee Fellow and Lecturer in the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, specialising in Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design.

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.

Current Research

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.

Research Page

Select Publications

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 designProc. 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 handoversProc. CHI 2013, ACM, 1549–1558, doi:10.1145/2470654.2466206(Honorable Mention Award)

Taylor, N., Marshall, J., Blum-Ross, A., Mills, J., Rogers, J., Egglestone, P., Frohlich, D.M., Wright, P. and Olivier, P. (2012). Viewpoint: empowering communities with situated voting devices. Proc. CHI 2012, ACM, 1361–1370, doi:10.1145/2207676.2208594.

Publications List