Melanie Woods

  • Chair of Creative Intelligence - University of Dundee

Research interests

Professor Woods has demonstrated a consistent production of award-winning research bringing together citizen science, social innovation, technology and co-creation for action and change.

Her research has addressed a number of critical environmental challenges for society, most recently through Making Sense (MS) in which she addressed issues of chronic pollution in urban settings using open design for hardware, software, data and design thinking, emphasising co-creation as a methodology in citizen science at the intersection of participatory sensing and design with an eight-step process to support change-practices.

She led The GROW Observatory research, having a vision to support the emergence of a movement of citizens generating, sharing and using information on growing food, soil health and issues relating to the climate crisis. GROW resources are also adapted and delivered though an education programme of online courses on the FutureLearn platform, in courses such as Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference.

Woods has contributed to policy in citizen science, including by invitation from the European Commission Directorate General Environment (2019) for new ‘Guidelines on Citizen Science for Environmental Monitoring’, providing recommendations to promote the use of citizen science for environmental policy development and implementation. Woods has established an international portfolio of competitive, peer reviewed, FEC funded research.

Leadership roles as  PI and Co-I include AHRC Co-I and later Director KE Hub Design in Action (AH/J005126/1), and H2020 projects Co-I and WP lead Making Sense (Cordis 688620), PI and latterly Co-Ordinator H2020 GROW Observatory (Cordis 690199), WP lead H2020 WeObserve and Co-I Open Design of Trusted Things (Cordis 813508).