Dr. Christian Nold


Dr. Christian Nold is an academic researcher, designer and artist inventing and analysing new models and technologies for collective representation. He is a Lecturer in Design at The Open University. In the last decades he created large-scale public art and design projects such as the widely acclaimed ‘Bio Mapping’, ‘Emotion Mapping’ and ‘Bijlmer Euro’ that have been staged with thousands of participants across sixteen countries. He has been a Research Fellow at the Social Design Institute (UAL) and the Extreme Citizen Science group (UCL) where he coordinated and evaluated the H2020 ‘Doing It Together Science’ project. He has written numerous books and journal papers including the widely cited ‘Emotional Cartography: Technologies of the Self’.

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2011 - 2017

PhD - Device Studies of Participatory Sensing: Ontological Politics and Design Interventions (No Corrections), UCL, London

Participatory Design & Science and Technology Studies analysis of user-driven environmental pollution sensing. Supervisors: Professor Haklay (UCL) and Professor Gabrys (Goldsmiths). Available Online

2002 - 2004
MA - Interaction Design (Distinction), Royal College of Art, London
1996 - 1999
BA - Fine Art Intermedia (First Class), Kingston University, London

Academic Posts and Employment

2021 -

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Design Design Group, The Open University

Developing the first BDes Design course for the Open University. Research and scholarship on pluriversal design.

2020 - 2021

Research Fellow Social Design Institute, University of the Arts London

Researching how social design relates to systems theories. Development of digital social science methods that integrate participatory design.

2016 - 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate Extreme Citizen Science Group, UCL, London

Project coordinator and evaluation/ethnography of the ‘Doing It Together Science’ EU H2020 project - 11 international partners engaging 4 million EU citizens via 715 public citizen science events. and ‘EU.Citizen-Science’ H2020 project.

Co-developed and co-taught MSc module GEOGG154 ‘Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing’ as face-to-face and online lectures.

2011 - 2015

Research Associate Extreme Citizen Science Group, UCL, London

Researching Citizen Science and public engagement as part of the ‘EveryAware’ EU FP7 project.

2007 - 2012

Founder & Creative Director Softhook Design, London

Directing an interdisciplinary team to create large-scale public art projects around the world.

2005 - 2012

University Teacher The Bartlett, UCL, London

Content development and delivery of the ‘Electronics Clinic’ on physical computing and interactive programming for architects via tutoring and lectures.

2005 - 2006

Part-Time Lecturer London South Bank University

Development, delivery and assessment of an undergraduate module on new media history from early photography to digital media.

2004 - 2005

Part-Time Lecturer IDAT, University of Plymouth

Development, delivery and assessment of two undergraduate modules on interactive programming (MEDA 121) and new media theory and practice (MEDA 125).

2004 - now

Visiting Lecturer

Lectures and workshops at MIT, Yale, Stanford, Royal College of Art, Westminster, UCL, Warwick, Goldsmiths, TU Delft, Aalborg, Middlesex, Edinburgh, Turku, Nottingham, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Plymouth, Birmingham, Universidade federal do Rio de Janeiro, Institute of Leiria, John Moore and Kingston University.

2000 - 2001
Interaction Designer Lowe Broadway, London

Monographs, Maps and Edited Books

Journal Papers

Book Chapters

Selected Public Reports

Conference Proceedings

Publications in Press

Academic Editorship, Reviewership and Memberships

Successful Funding Bids

Large-scale Public Commissions

Group Exhibitions

Keynote and Invited Lectures

CNN, New Scientist, BBC World Service, BBC, Discovery Channel, Slashdot, Art Forum, Guardian, The Observer, Art Monthly, Digicult, Washington Post, Boing Boing, Mute Magazine, Sleazenation, Telepolis, British Council, Sud Deutsche Zeitung, Chinese FHM, Dagbladet, Denver Post, Fast Company, Fibreculture, Furtherfield, LA Times, Liberation, Metro, Salt Lake Tribune, Time Out, USA Today, World Changing, Core77, We-Make-Money-Not-Art, Fast Company, Wonderland, Tank Magazine