Academic Team

Sara Heitlinger shares seeds in east London, researches how we could design technology for more sustainable and equitable cities, and teaches ethics in computing, as a Lecturer in Computer Science in the Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design at City, University of London.

Rachel Clarke is the Chief of the Ministry of Multispecies Communications, a fictional government department running masked walks and workshops. She is a design researcher and Senior Lecturer in interaction design at Open Lab, School of Computing, Newcastle University.

Alex Taylor lives in a tangled web of academic, technological and otherthan-human worlds. He co-directs the Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design at City, University of London, is committed to a fairer technoscience, and lives in a flux of human-nonhuman relations in East London.

Alison Powell gardens on the Alberta Estate in South London and is Associate Professor in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her book Undoing Optimization: Civic Action in Smart Cities was published by Yale University Press in 2021.

Bill Gaver Bill Gaver has built a career developing novel approaches for pursuing design as research over the course of numerous practice-based projects. He came to Design as a lapsed psychologist and cognitive scientist with a background in HCI and Politics and long-standing engagements with Sociology and STS.

Andy Boucher is a designer and maker working in the field of human-computer interaction but who is also fascinated by non-human interplays. He co-directs the Interaction Research Studio at Northumbria University, London.

Cagatay Turkay is sharpening his growing skills at the Canalside Community Food in the Midlands, and researches on data-human-algorithm interactions at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at University of Warwick.

Naho Matsuda was a tomato during the first MoTH workshop. She is an artist, designer and researcher, and a member of the Interaction Research Studio. She designed the discovery box and all visual communication of the project.

Dean Brown is a 3D designer and researcher based in London. He is the founder of Brown Office – a multidisciplinary studio creating objects, installations and interiors. Amongst other things he has designed vases, cameras, kitchens and sunglasses for puffins.

Mike Vanis a creative technologist with a background in working with the microprocessor platforms and networking and is well-versed in software and hardware design. He pursues his personal practice with his partner Cindy as Unit Lab, making playful products inspired by science and the natural world.

Andy Sheen is a creative technologist with a background in hardware design as well as software. He is experienced in working with the technologies needed for stand-alone computational products. He has a background in audio design and works with electronic installations in his personal practice.

Liliana Ovalle has worked on a wide range of research projects focusing on the design and production of research devices and design-led methodologies for public engagement. Parallel to her research Liliana runs her design practice where she works on experimental one-off projects and collaborations with industry. 

Project Partners

The Roving Microscope is a community microscope club in Bethnal Green, that has been exploring human and soil ecologies.

Cordwainers Grow is a small nonprofit organisation that attempts to find creative, collaborative and practical ways to connect people with the natural environment – and each other.


The project received funding from the Human-Data Interaction network plus (EP/R045178/1 Human Data Interaction: Legibility, Agency, Negotiability / GU project reference 301671).