Researcher and designer focusing on the implications of technology on society.

Caroline Nevejan

Dr. Caroline Nevejan is a researcher and designer who has ben involved with the emerging network society and digital culture since the 1980’s. Currently she is associate professor with the Participatory Systems Initiative at Delft University of Technology. This relatively new group is part of the section Systems Engineering in the department of Multi Actor Systems at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.

Nevejan’s interdisciplinary research focuses on witnessed presence as a fundamental communication structure that defines how trust is built or breaks down. To this end she developed the YUTPA framework, which supports the analyses and design of trust in social, organisational and business contexts. Methodologically Nevejan focuses on artistic research and research though design. Caroline Nevejan also works with the Centre of Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is curator of the Logan symposium that aims to build alliances against surveillance, secrecy and censorship. As of the summer of 2015 Caroline Nevejan is member of the supervisory board of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. This institute, archive and museum presents and inspires Dutch architecture and (new media) design.

Between 2004 and 2006 Caroline Nevejan was connected to the Amsterdam School for Communication Research of the University of Amsterdam (ASCOR) realizing the dissertation “Presence and the design of Trust” with Professor Cees Hamelink and Professor Sally Wyatt. Originally she studied social sciences with a focus on the methodology of research in the communications domain.

In 1999 Caroline Nevejan joined the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, the University for professional education of Amsterdam. With teachers, students and other co-workers she directed the educational design process of this large institution. Doing consultancy, hosting networks, doing research and making sites and creating special events OrO functions as a catalyst in organizational and educational process. (www.teacherslab.hva.nl, www.q-conference.hva.nl). Between 2001 and 2005 Nevejan was director of research and development of the University of Professional Education of Amsterdam (NL). This research group (OrO) had the task to work with teachers and students to design and to redesign learning environments in the fast changing world of higher education. (www.oro.hva).

In 1994 Nevejan co-founded the Society for Old and New Media. The Waag Society, as it is known today, is an independent media lab and a knowledge center with a specific interest in the future of the public domain. Among many projects that Caroline Nevejan initiated at the Waag are The Reading Table for Old and New Media, which won the Rotterdam Design Prize 1997, Demi Dubbel, a curriculum game for 10 year olds, Internet in the Sky, a research project with Europe Online about the future of the internet, and Brandon, the first virtual piece of art acquired by the Guggenheim museum in New York. Working on these and similar projects she developed a cultural perspective on education. (www.waag.org)

Since 1988 she has been thoroughly involved in designing digital culture. For 11 years Nevejan was a staff member of Paradiso, the musical venue of long-standing international reputation. There she organized international conferences, which addressed a variety of issues regarding the developing network society. These events (Galactic Hacker Party, Seropositive Ball, Next 5 Minutes on tactical media, Press Now and more)  have resulted in networks that are still expanding today. (www.paradiso.nl). Between 1993 and 2005,  Caroline Nevean was deeply connected to the Doors of Perception Foundation, which orchestrated  an impressive network of designers, philosophers, large multinational technology companies, artists, start ups, activists and more, who were all concerned with the emerging network society. (www.doorsofperception.com). Between 1995 and 2009 Caroline Nevejan was research associate and lab director at Performing Arts Labs (UK). Here she focused on new potential of digital culture for the performing arts. (www.pallabs.org).