School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Nicola Green

Research Associate


I joined the Open Lab in the School of Computer Science, and then the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, as a Research Associate to work on the EPSRC WEFWebs Project consortium led by the University of Glasgow, and including collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter and Imperial, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The project as a whole seeks to model the interrelationships between Water, Energy and Food in respect of sustainability at different scales of action and interaction amongst multiple social actors - from the micro-level of everyday interactional relationships, through to local/community organisation, to more macro-level regionally-based physical, economic and organisational infrastructures, and national policy-based and regulatory mandates.

Dr Sharron Kuznesof leads on the Newcastle stream of research, where we are concentrating on the domestic WEF nexus as a centrally important locus of use and consumption in respect of interrelated WEF resources, prioritising a human-centred approach to sustainability-based societal challenges. This stream of the research uses HCI and social science theory and research and to focus on WEF consumption in urban UK domestic spaces and places, and examines questions related to: the ripple effects of WEF resource use in domestic nexus relationships; WEF nexus use and consumption as practices and processes beyond notions of ‘behaviour’ or ‘experience’; WEF practices as distributed across time, space and activities beyond isolated resource ‘events’; the dis/junctures in communications and interactions between different actors and scales in domestic consumption settings; and the dis/aggregations of different kinds of data that allow researchers to map knowledge across different times, scales and relationships.


I come to the WEFWebs project having a training and background in interdisciplinary social science, being a sociologist by trade, and an interdisciplinary researcher by inclination.

My background has run the gamut of Social Sciences, HCI, Science and Technology Studies, Media and Cultural Studies and Surveillance Studies; all intersecting via projects on digital media technologies and/or sustainabilities of various sorts.

My earliest PhD research was an international multi-sited ethnography of virtual reality technologies exploring issues in embodiment, identity, organisation and discourse – across the three domains of popular entertainment, arts, and digital-DIY/ experimentation. This was followed by various UK-based research projects focussed on mobile devices and everyday mobilities – addressing issues including everything from mass mobile consumption and the early emergence of normative everyday usage practices [ESRC, Mobile Providers, BT], through to the organisation and regulation of mobile data [Intel] and the informational policy challenges presented by the generation and use of such mobile-generated data – including dimensions of trust, risk and privacy.

A little later I was involved in projects centred on Sustainabilities more explicitly – including the RESOLVE project via the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey, and UK/NZ Sustainability research exchanges via the British Academy.

Throughout these projects I’ve also had an enduring interest in the development of qualitative research methodologies and their use in both HCI research and within Social Sciences more generally – particularly in respect of Ethnographic, Mixed, Feminist and Participatory methodologies.

I have also more recently become interested in ‘Big Data’ across these research strands – especially in terms of normative generation and use of big data across devices and systems, data sharing, and ethical informational ownership and control.


  • Green N. Big Data's Methodological Challenges. In: Rudinow-Saetnan, A; Schneider, I; Green, N, ed. The Politics of Big Data: Big Data, Big Brother?. Oxford: Routledge, 2018, pp.321-330.
  • Rudinow Saetnan A, Schneider I, Green N, ed. The Politics of Big Data: Big Data, Big Brother?. Oxford: Routledge, 2018.
  • Rudinow Saetnan A, Schneider I, Green N. The politics of Big Data: principles, policies, practices. In: Rudinow Saetnan, A; Schneider, I; Green, N, ed. The Politics of Big Data: Big Data, Big Brother?. Oxford: Routledge, 2018, pp.1-18.
  • Green N, Zurawski N. Surveillance and Ethnography : Researching Surveillance as Everyday Life. Surveillance and Society 2015, 13(1), 27-43.
  • Spinney J, Green N, Burningham K, Cooper G, Uzzell D. Are We Sitting Comfortably?: Laptops, Energy and Domestic Computing Practices. Environment and Planning A 2012, 44(11), 2629-2645.
  • Cooper G, Green N, Burningham K, Evans D, Jackson T. Unravelling the Threads: Discourses of sustainability and consumption in an online forum. Environmental Communication 2012, 6(1), 101-118.
  • Spinney J, Burningham K, Cooper G, Green N, Uzzell D. 'What I’ve found is that your related experiences tend to make you dissatisfied’: Psychological obsolescence, consumer demand and the dynamics and environmental implications of de-stabilization in the laptop sector. Journal of Consumer Culture 2012, 12(3), 347-370.
  • Ely P, Green N, Frohlich D. Uncertainty, Upheavals and Upgrades: Digital-DIY during life change. In: Pierson, J, Mante-Meijer, E & Loos, E, ed. New Media Technologies and User Empowerment. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2011, pp.163-180.
  • Green N. Mobility, Memory and Identity. In: Goggin, G, & Hjorth, L, ed. Mobile Technologies: From Telecommunications to Media. New York: Routlege, Taylor & Francis, 2009.
  • Ball K, Green N, Koskela H, Philips D. Surveillance Studies Needs Gender and Sexuality. Surveillance and Society 2009, 6(4), 352-355.
  • Waldby C, Wakeford N, Green N. Feminist Technoscience: Intimacy, Embodiment and Abjection in Science Studies. Science and Technology Studies 2006, 19(2), 3-5.
  • Green N, Smith S. 'A Spy in your Pocket'? The Regulation of Mobile Data in the UK. Surveillance and Society 2004, 1(4), 573-587.
  • Green N. On the Move: technology, mobility, and the mediation of social time and space. The Information Society 2002, 18(4), 281-292.
  • Green N. Qui surveille qui? Contrôler et rendre des comptes dans les relations de téléphonie mobile. Reseaux 2002, 2-3(112-113), 250-273.
  • Green N, Harper R, Murtagh G, Cooper G. Configuring the Mobile User: Sociological and Industry Views. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2001, 5(2), 146-156.
  • Green N. How Everyday Life Became Virtual: mundane work at the juncture of production and consumption. Journal of Consumer Culture 2001, 1(1), 73-92.
  • Green N. Disrupting the Field: Virtual Reality Technologies and "Multisited" Ethnographic Methods. American Behavioral Scientist 1999, 43(3), 409-421.
  • Green N. Strange Yet Stylish Headgear: VR consumption and the construction of Gender. Information, Communication and Society 1999, 2(4), 454-475.