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Dr Christian Nold

Christian Nold

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Professional biography

Dr. Christian Nold is a researcher, artist and designer inventing new models for collective representation. He is experienced in Citizen Science, having coordinated and evaluated the EU-funded ‘Doing It Together Science' project and worked on the 'EveryAware' and 'EU.Citizen-Science' projects. He has written numerous books and journal papers including ‘Emotional Cartography: Technologies of the Self’ and 'The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World' and given keynotes and public lectures across the world. In the last decades he created large-scale public projects such as the widely acclaimed 'Bio Mapping', 'Emotion Mapping' and ‘Bijlmer Euro’ that have been staged with thousands of participants across sixteen countries. Before joining the Open University he was a Research Fellow at the Social Design Institute (UAL) and a researcher in the Extreme Citizen Science group (UCL).

Research interests

Keywords: Citizen Science, Participatory Design, Internet of Things, Actor-Network Theory, Ontological Politics, Anarchism

Current research interests centre on developing design for Public Controversies as a way for designers to directly intervene in creating new realities. I am doing this by creating links with Science and Technology Studies and Citizen Science to demonstrate the potential of design practices focused on 'care' and 'ontological politics' (Mol 2002).

Teaching interests

Keen to supervise PhD students around the politics of design and using practice to intervene in the world directly. I have expertise in using theory from Science and Technology Studies (Latour, Law, Mol...) that can offer different understandings of design. Keen to support methods of design ethnography to see how design operates in the real world.

Lead Supervisor for:
Samantha Osys - The ethical decisions in digital product design

Impact and engagement

  • 2018 - 2019 DoomsDay BlockchainCollusion, Cambridge
    Artistic research exploring blockchain insertions.

  • 2014 - 2016 HubbubWellcome Trust, London
    Citizen monitoring network to materialise the impact of Heathrow airport.

  • 2011 - 2014 Money LabPixelache, Helsinki, Finland
    Three-year experimental local currency for a Finnish fortress island.

  • 2010 - 2011 Rennes Emotion MapLes Bouillants, Rennes, France

  • 2010 Control MapsImpakt Festival, Utrecht, Arnheim & Enschede, Holland
    Participatory mapping project to visualise ‘control’ in three Dutch cities.

  • 2009 - 2010 The Bijlmer EuroImagine IC, Amsterdam, Holland
    15-month experimental RFID parasite local currency that supports local identity

  • 2009 - 2010 Sensory JourneysSustrans, Bristol, UK
    Participatory mapping with three schools to trace children travel experience.

  • 2009 Sensing the Future of HedehuseneCopenhagen International Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Town-scale air & noise pollution monitoring network with real-time citizen voting.

  • 2009 BioTagging ManchesterFuturesonic, Manchester, UK
    Citizen Science collaboration with Natural History Museum and Meteorological Office.

  • 2009 Bethlehem BiopsyBethlehem University, Bethlehem, USA
    Participatory mapping involving hundred residents and local government to create urban visualisation.

  • 2008 Complexity MapsWorld Design Capital, Turin, Italy
    Summer school visualising heroin trade networks with 30 international design students.

  • 2008 Strange Weather, Studio for Urban Projects, Berkeley Art Museum, USA
    Winner of the Eyebeam EcoViz competition.

  • 2008 Emotional Tourism?Santiago de Compostela Council, Spain

  • 2007 Networked IdentityBBC Blast, Serpentine Gallery & Science Museum, London

  • 2007 Bio MappingHayward Gallery Projects, Brixton & Clapham, London

  • 2006 - 2007 Bio MappingWellcome Trust Sciart R&D Grant, London

  • 2008 The Brentford BiopsyWatermans Gallery, London

  • 2008 Emotion Map East ParisArslonga Gallery, Paris, France

  • 2007 - 2008 Creative MappingIniva, London

  • 2007 Stockport Emotion MapStockport Council & Lendlease, Stockport, UK

  • 2007 San Francisco Emotion MapSouthern Exposure, San Francisco, USA

  • 2006 - 2007 Mapping FulhamFulham NDC, London

  • 2005 - 2006 Greenwich Emotion MapIndependent Photography, London