Dr. Christian Nold


Dr. Christian Nold is an artist, designer and academic researcher building participatory technologies for collective representation. In the last decades he created innovative large-scale public art projects such as the widely acclaimed ‘Bio Mapping’ and ‘Emotion Mapping’ that have been staged with thousands of participants across sixteen countries. He developed experimental currencies: ‘Bijlmer Euro’ in Holland and the ‘Suomenlinna Kuula’ in Finland. He has written ‘Mobile Vulgus’, ‘Emotional Cartography: Technologies of the Self’, ‘The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World’ and ‘Autopsy of an Island Currency’. He has given keynotes and public lectures across the world and been a teacher at Plymouth University, South Bank University and The Bartlett. Currently, he is a Research Fellow in the Social Design Institute at the University of the Arts London.

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2011 - 2017

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

Ethnography & design interventions into practices of environmental pollution sensing. Supervisors: Professor Haklay (UCL) and Professor Gabrys (Goldsmiths).https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569340

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

2020 - now

Research Fellow Social Design Institute, University of the Arts London, London

Research into social design such as design & prison and design & systems as well as knowledge exchange.

2019 - 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate UCL, London

Researching Citizen Science for the ‘EU.Citizen-Science’ H2020 project. https://eu-citizen.science

2016 - 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate UCL, London

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

Taught M.Sc module GEOGG154 ‘Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing’ via face-to-face lectures as well as online videos and exercises for students.

2011 - 2015

Research Associate UCL, London

Researcher for the ‘EveryAware’ EU FP7 project on environmental sensing in Citizen Science.

2007 - 2012

Founder & Creative Director Softhook Design, London

Directing an interdisciplinary team to create large-scale international art projects such as Bio Mapping, Bijlmer Euro, Sensing the Future of Hedehusen.

2005 - 2012

University Teacher The Bartlett - UCL, London

Leading the ‘Electronics Clinic’ offering physical computing and interactive programming for architects via tutoring and lectures

2005 - 2006

Part-Time Lecturer South Bank University, London

Undergraduate teaching and assessment of a new media history module I developed (from photography to digital media).

2004 - 2005

Part-Time Lecturer IDAT - Plymouth University, UK

Undergraduate teaching of the interactive programming (MEDA 121) and new media theory and practice (MEDA 125).

2004 - now

Visiting Lecturer

Keynotes, lecturer and workshops at MIT, Yale, Stanford, Royal College of Art, Westminster University, UCL, Goldsmiths, TU Delft, Aalborg, KaosPilots, Middlesex, Edinburgh, Turku, Nottingham, Birmingham, John Moore and Kingston University.

2000 - 2001
Interaction Designer Lowe Broadway, London

Monographs, Maps and Edited Books

Co-Edited Journal Special Issue

Journal Papers

Book Chapters

Academic Reports

Conference Proceedings

Publications in Press

Paper in Review

Academic Editorship, Reviewership and Memberships

Successful Funding Bids

Large-scale Public Art Commissions

Selected Group Exhibitions

Selected Public and Keynote 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