Mobile Phones Natalie Dixon

Natalie Dixon


I am a mobile researcher and digital publisher based in Amsterdam.

As a researcher I  document and investigate people’s relationships with technology at Affect Lab, an online archive of mobile culture I co-founded in 2012.  Mobile culture is also the subject of my PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London. I am interested in our affective attachment to mobile phones, and how through mobile practices we develop certain feelings and relationships.  My starting point for understanding mobile culture has always been through the body, that is, through concepts and experiences of embodiment, analysing how various bodies influence and are influenced by this intimate technology.

As a publisher, I marry content and digital platforms to improve the bottom line. My past experience includes working on global editorial brands such as National Geographic, seventeen and Real Simple while based in South Africa at Media24.

(2017) My current digital publishing  project is with SWEETS hotel, an urban place-making initiative whereby historic bridge houses in Amsterdam are transformed into tiny 1-bedroom hotel suites.

In a previous life I worked as a journalist and editor for titles such as Elle, Marie Claire and National Geographic Traveller, Time Out, SL, HYPE.

PhD (Media & Communication) at Goldsmiths College, University of London (completion in 2018)
MA (New Media) University of Amsterdam
BJourn (Bachelor of Journalism) Rhodes University, South Africa

Academic Publications
‘Stranger-ness and Belonging in a Neighbourhood WhatsApp Group’ (forthcoming) in Open Cultural Studies – Special Issue on “Media and Emotions. The New Frontiers of Affect in Digital Culture”
The Hunt for Affect (download PDF)
The Affective Turn of Mobile Phones: A study of affect in mobile-mediated communication (download PDF)
You Are What You Tweet in Interactions magazine.
FoodMood: Measuring Global Food Sentiment One Tweet at a Time for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

(photo credit: Warren Van Rensburg)