Richard Coyne is animated by the cultural, social and spatial implications of computers and pervasive digital media. He enjoys architecture, writing, blogging, designing, philosophy, coding and media mashups.
Richard researches and teaches in information technology in practice, computer-aided design in architecture, the philosophy of information technology, social media, digital media, and design theory. He inaugurated the MSc in Design and Digital Media, in which he also teaches. Richard is Programme Director of the MSc by Research in Digital Media and Culture.
Richard is author of several books on the implications of information technology and design with MIT Press and Routledge. His research has been supported by AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC.
Dean of Postgraduate Research in the College of Humanities and Social Science (2013-16)
Head of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment (2008-2011)
Member of the AHRC review panel: Visual Arts and Media (practice, history and theory) (until 2008)
Member of the RAE Architecture and Built Environment subpanel 30 (2007-8)
Member of the REF Architecture, Built Environment and Town Planning subpanel (C16) (2014)
Member of the editorial board of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly
Member of the Board of Governors of Edinburgh College of Art (2008-2011)
Chair of RIBA Research Awards judging panel (2007-2009)
Member of the Higher Education Academy, RSA and the RIBA
Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge
Registered architect (Australia)
Previously worked at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne
Richard’s research is conducted within the Digital Media Design research group. He collaborates with John Lee, Martin Parker, Jules Rawlinson, Andrew Connor, Denitsa Petrova and a team of about 10 PhD students and research associates. Research themes interact with project work in a suite of digital MSc programmes.
Richard’s research demonstrates the value of a broad interdisciplinary framework for examining the relationship between computing, design, and contemporary cultural theories. He is currently investigating the way we configure spaces through the use of pervasive mobile devices, such as smartphones, iPods and GPS. Richard is developing this theme through the sonic metaphor of tuning and phenomenological concepts of mood. He recently published a book Mood and Mobility (MIT Press), and his tenth book, Network Nature: Digital Technologies and the Semiotics of Place will be published in 2017 by Bloomsbury Press. Richard was recently co-investigator on a major funded project on mobility and aging entitled Mobility, Mood and Place.