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 Skłodowska-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.