Dr Kristina Niedderer

Professor of Design and Craft

Dr Kristina Niedderer
Email address: K.Niedderer@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321550 Location: MK Building, MK207 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Design, Craft


Kristina Niedderer is Professor of Design and Craft at the University of Wolverhampton. She was apprenticed as a goldsmith and silversmith in Germany and then trained as a designer and design researcher in the United Kingdom. Niedderer’s research focuses on the impact of design on human relationships, investigating the role of mindfulness and emotions as a means to engender mindful interaction and behaviour change through design. 

She has been the recipient of several research grants, including the ‘Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change’ project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, in 2014. She leads the European project ‘Designing for People with Dementia’ (2016-20200, Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie grant agreement No 691001, which includes 13 partners from 6 countries, including universities, healthcare partners and design and technology partners from the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Australia.

Niedderer has experience as a supervisor, editor, reviewer, and evaluator. She is the founding editor of the journal 'Craft Research' (Intellect Publishers), dedicated to developing and advancing contemporary craft practice and theory through research. She is a Council Member and Secretary for Special Interest Groups of the Design Research Society. Since 2010, Niedderer is a member of the AHRC College of Peer Reviewers, and since 2014, she has worked as an evaluator on the Horizon 2020 programme for the European Commission.

Research interests

Please follow the links below to read further information on my different research projects:


Niedderer, K., Ludden, G., Clune, S.J., Lockton, D., Mackrill, J., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Evans, M., Gutteridge, R., & Hekkert, P.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), 67 - 85

Dean, L.T. and Niedderer, K. (2016) Flex-it: Exploring Emotional Expression through Elasticity in Digital Manufacturing. Craft Research, Vol 7 (1), pp. 51-77

Niedderer, K. and K. Townsend (2014). Designing Craft Research: Joining Emotion and Knowledge. Design Journal, vol. 17 (4), pp. 624-648

Niedderer, K. (2014). Mediating Mindful Social Interactions through Design. In A. Ie, C. T. Ngnoumen and E. Langer (eds.) The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness, vol 1. Chichester, UK: Wiley, pp. 345-366

Dean, L. and Niedderer, K. (in press2014). Flex-it: Exploring Emotional Expression and Experiences through Elasticity in Digital Manufacturing. Making Futures, Vol 3, pp. tbc http://makingfutures.plymouthart.ac.uk

Niedderer, K. (2013). Explorative Materiality and Knowledge: The Role of Creative Exploration and Artefacts in Design Research. Formakademisk, 6 (2), pp. 1-20 https://journals.hioa.no/index.php/formakademisk/article/view/651

Niedderer, K. (2012). Exploring Elasticity as a Medium for Emotional Expression in Silver Design. International Journal of Design, 6 (3), pp. 57-69 http://www.ijdesign.org/ojs/index.php/IJDesign/article/viewFile/1187/527

Niedderer, K. (2009). Sustainability of Craft as a Discipline? Making Futures, Vol 1, pp. 165-174 http://makingfutures.plymouthart.ac.uk/journalvol1/papers/kristina-niedderer.pdf

Niedderer, K. (2009). Relating the Production of Knowledge and the Production of Artefacts in Research. In N. Nimkulrat and T. O'Riley (eds.) Reflections and Connections. Helsinki: UIAH, 59-68 https://www.taik.fi/kirjakauppa/images/f5d9977ee66504c66b7dedb259a45be1.pdf

Niedderer, K. (2007). Designing Mindful Interaction: The Category of the Performative Object. Design Issues, 23 (1), pp. 3-17 http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/desi.2007.23.1.3

Niedderer, K. (2007). Mapping the Meaning of Knowledge in Design Research. Design Research Quarterly, 2 (2) http://www.drsq.org/issues/drq2-2.pdf

The full list of publications is available at: http://www.niedderer.org/publications.html

Experience in industry

Research projects with Industry Partners


Further information

Dr Kristina Niedderer is Director of Studies for the following PhD students:


  • Tara Boath Mooney
  • kathryn Partington
  • Anna Borzenkova


  • Everlyn Nyangiro
  • Katarzyna Warpas