Alex Taylor


University of

I'm a Reader in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. I've been contributing to the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Science and Technology Studies (STS) for over twenty years, and held positions in both academic and industrial research, most recently as Centre Co-Director of HCID at City, University of London, and before that at institutions including the University of Surrey, Goldsmiths, Xerox, Google and Microsoft Research.

With a broad fascination for the entanglements between social life and machines, my research ranges from empirical studies of technology in everyday life to speculative design interventions. My interests are in how digital technologies are co-constitutive of forms of knowing and being, and, as a consequence, provide a basis for fundamental transformations in society. My work is driven by a desire to critically engage with the social and ethical implications of technology and a commitment towards more just worlds.

I've published widely in HCI and STS with over 80 conference, journal and book publications. I'm currently Scholar in Residence at Digital Futures, Stockholm, and Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow with HCID at City, University of London.

I live in Edinburgh with my partner, two children and two canine companions.