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. and Gorkovenko, K. (2017). Community Inventor Days: scaffolding grassroots innovation through maker events. Proceedings of DIS 2017. Forthcoming.
Gorkovenko, K., Taylor, N. and Rogers, J. (2017). Social Printers: a physical social network for political debates. Proceedings of CHI 2017. Forthcoming. (Honorable Mention Award)
Taylor, N., Hurley, U. and Connolly, P. (2016). Making community: the wider role of makerspaces in public life. Proceedings of CHI 2016, ACM, 1415–1425. doi:10.1145/2858036.2858073