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 mobile technology at Affect Lab, a not-for-profit research studio I co-founded in 2012.  Mobile culture is also the subject of my PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London. I am specifically 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 the body responds and adjustments to what is a very intimate body 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. Currently I am a consulting as Digital Publisher for the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam.

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
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)