I am a Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher working at the intersection of design, technology and society. My research attempts to understand the impact of emerging technologies and practices, and imagine, prototype and explore possible preferable futures around those technologies.


My current researcher centres on trust in the Internet of Things, exploring how we can create healthier relationships with IoT by embedding values including privacy, openness, decentralisation, inclusion and literacy. I am also interested in how technology can support neighbourhoods and communities, especially for civic engagement, including making, DIY and craft approaches to technology, particularly to support people in harnessing technology for themselves. Throughout these research topics, I use participatory methods combing a range of approaches from speculative design to long-term deployments of functioning prototypes ‘in the wild’.


My current projects include OpenDoTT, a doctoral training programme run jointly with Mozilla, and REAPPEAR, which will develop new metaphors and design patterns to allow users to make informed decisions about privacy and security in IoT.

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Cheverst, K., Taylor, N. and Do, T. (2020). Supporting shared sense of history within a rural village community. Into the Wild: Beyond the Design Research Lab, Springer, 93–113. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-18020-1_6


Gorkovenko, K. and Taylor, N. (2019). Audience and expert perspectives on second screen engagement with political debates. Proceedings of TVX 2019, ACM, 70–82. https://doi.org/10.1145/3317697.3323352


Rogers, J., Clarke, L., Skelly, M., Taylor, N., Thomas, P., Thorne, M., Larsen, S., Odrozek, K., Kloiber, J., Bihr, P., Jain, A., Arden, J., von Grafenstein, M. (2019). Our Friends Electric: Reflections on advocacy and design research for the voice enabled internet. Proceedings of CHI 2019, ACM, 114. https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300344


Green, D.P., Fuchsberger, V., Taylor, N., Bjørn, P., Kirk, D. and Lindtner, S. (2019). Introduction to this Special Issue on Open Design at the Intersection of Making and Manufacturing. Human–Computer Interaction 34(5–6), 379–388. https://doi.org/10.1080/07370024.2019.1591960


Taylor, N., Clarke, L., Skelly, M. and Nevay, S. (2018). Strategies for engaging communities in creating physical civic technologies. Proceedings of CHI 2018, ACM, 507. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3174081


Taylor, N. and Clarke, L. (2018). Everybody’s hacking: participation and the mainstreaming of hackathons. Proceedings of CHI 2018, ACM, 172. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173746


Gorkovenko, K. and Taylor, N. (2017). Understanding how people use Twitter during election debates. Proceedings of British HCI 2017, BCS. https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.88


Taylor, N., Clarke, L. and Gorkovenko, K. (2017). Community Inventor Days: scaffolding grassroots innovation with maker events. Proceedings of DIS 2017, ACM, 1201–1212. https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064723


Gorkovenko, K., Taylor, N. and Rogers, J. (2017). Social Printers: a physical social network for political debates. Proceedings of CHI 2017, ACM, 2269–2281. https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025611