Nick TaylorI am a Senior 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

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.

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Recent Publications

Taylor, N., Clarke, L. and Gorkovenko, K. (2017). Community Inventor Days: scaffolding grassroots innovation through maker eventsProceedings of DIS 2017. Forthcoming.

Gorkovenko, K., Taylor, N. and Rogers, J. (2017). Social Printers: a physical social network for political debatesProceedings of CHI 2017. Forthcoming. (Honorable Mention Award)

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

Publications List