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.
I am currently PI on Ardler Inventors/Hacking for Situated Civic Engagement (EPSRC), which is exploring the use of community hackathons to support grassroots development of civic technologies. I am also working on the GROW Observatory (H2020), which aims to build a large-scale citizen observatory for growers.
Taylor, N., Clarke, L., Skelly, M. and Nevay, S. (2018). Strategies for engaging communities in creating physical civic technologies. Proceedings of CHI 2018. Forthcoming.
Taylor, N. and Clarke, L. (2018). Everybody’s hacking: participation and the mainstreaming of hackathons. Proceedings of CHI 2018. Forthcoming.
Taylor, N., Clarke, L. and Gorkovenko, K. (2017). Community Inventor Days: scaffolding grassroots innovation with maker events. Proceedings of DIS 2017, ACM, 1201–1212. doi:10.1145/3064663.3064723