Communities and Neighbourhoods

This is one of the topics under the Open Design of Trusted Things (OpenDoTT) project. The increased availability of cheap, “do it yourself” (DIY) platforms places IoT within the realms of possibility for grassroots communities of makers and activists at a local scale.

IoT technology today is discussed at a small scale for an individual or at a large scale for a city, yet there is a possibility for it to work in the spaces we share with other people in our small communities.

The overall project explores possibilities for smaller-scale local Internet of Things (IoT) technology and how communities can be supported in making the best use of them. Crucial to the design will be incorporating Internet Health considerations that apply.


Current Project

Co-designing the Internet of Things with Communities

This research seeks to understand how IoT can support charity infrastructure and publicly shared objects that are serving communities.

The Dundee West End Community Fridge has been identified for this part of the project. The Community Fridge helps to connect and give communities access to nutritious food, save money and reduce waste.

Similar initiatives and other local and international charities/NGOs may be included as and when need arises.

You are invited to take part in this research project. Participants will be drawn from visitors, volunteers, staff, suppliers and other people interested in activities around the Community Fridge, the Carbon Saving Project and other similar initiatives.


How you can help/contribute

  • Interested participants will take part in an interview on Microsoft Teams, Zoom or another recommended online tool. Sessions will last 20 – 30 minutes. Alternative options can be provided if an online interview is not possible.
  • In some cases, there will be some optional follow up activities for participants

If you are interested, please leave your details here:

For more information, please see:

  1. Participant Information Sheet (Online Form or  PDF)
  2. Informed Consent Form (Online Form or  PDF). Participants will be required to complete this  form before, during or immediately after the interview.

Ethics Approval

The OpenDoTT project moved from the University of Dundee to Northumbria University. Ethics approval (ref: UOD-DJCAD-2020-0183) was received from the University of Dundee DJCAD School Ethics Committee on 26 February 2020 and external approval (ref: 24580) from Northumbria University on 20 July 2020.

About the researcher

Sarah Kiden is a technologist and researcher exploring the impact of technology and the Internet for grassroots communities. She enjoys chatting with her family and friends, travel (including safari drives) and good movies. She can be reached on and @MsKiden.