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Professor Kristina Niedderer

Professor of Design

From November 2018, Kristina Niedderer (Ph.D., MA [RCA]) is Professor of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. Kristina was originally apprenticed and worked as a goldsmith and silversmith in Germany. She then trained as a designer and design researcher in the United Kingdom. Previously, she worked at the University of Hertfordshire (2005-7) and at the University of Wolverhampton (2007-18), first as a Reader and then as Professor of Design and Craft. She is recognised for her work on mindfulness in design and in research methodology, as well as for building the field of craft research.

Kristina's research focuses on the role of design to engender mindful interaction and behaviour change. She currently leads the European project 'Designing for people with dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement' (2016-2020), MSCA grant agreement No 691001. Utilising the concept of mindful design, the project investigates innovative design solutions to enable self-empowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia. In 2014, Kristina was principal investigator for the collaborative AHRC funded project 'Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change’, which led to the publication of the edited book 'Design for Behaviour Change’.

The idea of mindful design and behaviour change has also inspired Kristina's work in craft and design practice in which she focuses on exploring complex emotional expression through (elastic) movement, using new technologies, which was funded by the Arts Council in 2005, and the AHRC in 2008-9. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries and trade fairs in Britain and Germany.

Kristina has been a Council Member of the DRS, and Secretary for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) since 2007. In 2010, Kristina has founded the journal 'Craft Research' (Intellect Publishers), dedicated to developing and advancing contemporary craft practice and theory through research, which she co-edits with Dr Katherine Townsend, Nottingham Trent University. Since 2010, Kristina is a member of the AHRC College of Peer Reviewers, and since 2014 she has been an expert reviewer for the European Commission.

Projects

Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change

Funded by the AHRC in 2014, this project has resulted in the first holistic overview of design for behaviour change as a driver for sustainable innovation, which provides a basis for developing successful strategies for the effective implementation of sustainable innovation through design for behaviour change by public and private service providers with focus on SMEs. Further information can be found on the project website: http://behaviourchange. Details…

Designing for people with dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement

She currently leads the European project 'Designing for people with dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement' (2016-2020), MSCA grant agreement No 691001. Utilising the concept of mindful design, the project investigates innovative design solutions to enable self-empowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia. Details…

The Argentium® Project

Argentium® is a new silver alloy, which was developed at Middlesex University and which has been recognised as a significant development in the history of silver. Among its main benefits (over Sterling silver) are that it is fire-scale-free, that it is highly tarnish resistant, and that it can be laser welded. Details…

Research

A selection of recent research outputs.

Book Chapters

Ilott, SE., Germaine Buckley, CA., 2017. 'Conclusions'. In Telling it Slant: Critical Approaches to Helen Oyeyemi, pp. 263-266, Sussex Academic Press.

Niedderer, K., 2017. 'Promoting sustainability through mindful design'. In Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design, pp. 527-539.

Niedderer, K., Clune, S., Ludden, G., 2017. 'Reflecting on current applications of design for behaviour change'. In Design for Behaviour Change: Theories and Practices of Designing for Change, pp. 250-260.

Niedderer, K., 2014. 'Mediating Mindful Social Interactions Through Design'. In The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness, pp. 345-366.

Journal Articles

Niedderer, K., Townsend, K., 2018. 'The politics of craft', Craft Research, 9 (1), pp. 3-7.

Niedderer, K., Townsend, K., 2017. 'Exploring aesthetics and cultural meanings through craft', Craft Research, 8 (1), pp. 3-8.

Niedderer, K., Townsend, K., 2017. 'Tradition and change: Craft between vernacular cultures and social innovation', Craft Research, 8 (2), pp. 163-167.

Townsend, K., Niedderer, K., 2016. 'Craft and emotional expression: Connecting through material engagement', Craft Research, 7 (1), pp. 3-9.

Niedderer, K., Ludden, G., Clune, S., Lockton, D., Mackrill, J., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Evans, M., Gutteridge, R., Hekkert, P., 2016. 'Design for Behaviour Change as a Driver for Sustainable Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation in the Private and Public Sectors', International Journal of Design, 10 (2), pp. 67-85.

Dean, LT., Niedderer, K., 2016. 'Flex-it: Exploring emotional expression through elasticity in digital manufacturing', Craft Research, 7 (1), pp. 51-77.

Woolley, M., Niedderer, K., 2016. 'Real or unreal? - Crafting authenticity in the digital age', Craft Research, 7 (2), pp. 159-164.

Amos, M., Rasmussen, S., McCaskill, J., Dittrich, P., 2015. 'Editorial.', Artif Life, 21 (2), pp. 193-194.

Niedderer, K., Townsend, K., 2015. 'Empowering crafts - intangible heritage, women and socially disadvantaged groups', Craft Research, 6 (1), pp. 3-8.

Nimkulrat, N., Niedderer, K., Evans, MA., 2015. 'On understanding expertise, connoisseurship, and experiential knowledge in professional practice', Journal of Research Practice, 11 (2).

Niedderer, K., Townsend, K., 2014. 'Craft, innovation and creativity', Craft Research, 5 (2), pp. 149-153.

Niedderer, K., Townsend, K., 2014. 'Crafting international communities', Craft Research, 5 (1), pp. 3-9.

Niedderer, K., Townsend, K., 2014. 'Designing Craft Research: Joining Emotion and Knowledge', The Design Journal, 17 (4), pp. 624-647.

Mey, K., Niedderer, K., 2012. 'EDITORIAL', Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 10 (2), pp. 121-125.

Niedderer, K., 2012. 'Exploring Elastic Movement as a Medium for Complex Emotional Expression in Silver Design', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DESIGN, 6 (3), pp. 57-69.

Niedderer, K., Reilly, L., 2010. 'Research practice in art and design: Experiential knowledge and organised inquiry', Journal of Research Practice, 6 (2).

Conference Papers

Niedderer, K., MacKrill, J., Clune, S., Evans, M., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Gutteridge, R., Gardiner, E., Cain, R., Hekkert, P., 2014. 'Joining forces: Investigating the influence of design for behaviour change on sustainable innovation', in Proceedings of NordDesign 2014 Conference, NordDesign 2014, pp. 620-631.

Niedderer, K., Townsend, K., 2010. 'Craft research: Joining emotion and knowledge', in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Design and Emotion.

Niedderer, K., 2004. 'Designing Mindful Interaction: The Category of Performative Object', International Conference FutureGround, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, 17/11/2004 - 21/11/2004, in Design Issues, 23 (1), pp. 3-17.