Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS)


Christian Nold

Christian Nold is an artist, designer and researcher working to develop new participatory models and technologies for communal representation. He has written the books ‘Mobile Vulgus’ (2001) and ‘Internet of People for a Post-Oil World’ (2011) with Rob van Kranenburg and edited ‘Emotional Cartographies - Technologies of the Self’ (2009). He has led many large scale participatory mapping projects. In particular his ‘Bio Mapping’ project has been staged in many different countries across the globe with thousands of participants. He has developed experimental currencies, the 'Bijlmer Euro' (2010) and Suomenlinna Kuula (2012) and is releasing the book ‘The Participation Problem - Autopsy of an Island Currency’ this year.

He is currently working on a PhD in the Extreme Citizen Science Group at UCL, where his research involves following a series of participatory sensing tools and their actor networks as they cross ontological & political boundaries.


Actor-Network Theory, Material Participation, Critical Design, Smart Cities, Locative Media

Contact Details

e-mail: christian [at] softhook [dot] com

Tel: +44 (0) 7946640395

Website: Click here

Skype: crowdcompiler


  • Nold, C. & Kranenburg, R. van, 2011. The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World K. Omar, T. Scholz, & M. Shepard, eds., New York: The Architectural League of New York.
  • Nold, C. ed., 2009. Emotional Cartography, London: Softhook.


  • Nold, C., 2013. Designing for the Space of Emotion. Available at: http://www.academia.edu/2535581/Designing_for_the_Space_of_Emotion.
  • Nold, C. et al., 2011. Biotagging Manchester: Interdisciplinary Exploration of Biodiversity. Leonardo, 44(1), pp.66–67.
  • Crabtree, L. et al., 2011. Transport mapping : emotional cartography , mobility and the body politics of place. Global Media Journal - Australian Edition, 5(2).
  • Shumack, K., 2011. In conversation with Christian Nold author of Emotional Cartography (ebook). Global Media Journal, 5(2).
  • Nold, C., Jensen, O.B. & Harder, H., 2008. Mapping the City - Reflections on urban mapping methodologies from GPS to Community Dialogue. City, (25), pp.1–21.