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Nick TaylorI am a Lecturer and Dundee Fellow 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 Newcastle University’s Culture Lab (now Open Lab) 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.

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Select Recent Publications

Taylor, N., Hurley, U. and Connolly, P. (2016). Making community: the wider role of makerspaces in public lifeProceedings of CHI 2016, ACM, 1415–1425. doi:10.1145/2858036.2858073

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 designProceedings 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 handoversProceedings of CHI 2013, ACM, 1549–1558, doi:10.1145/2470654.2466206(Honorable Mention Award)

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