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Nicole Hengesbach


Hello! I am a second-year PhD student at the CDT Urban Science at the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities.

My research engages with urban data through critical perspectives and practices, with a special focus on how urban data are represented in data visualisation. This is of special relevance for contexts at the intersection of the civic culture and where data analysis and data visualisation increasingly inform decision-making, foster knowledge building, engagement, awareness, literacy and citizens’ agency.

While mostly lying at the intersection of data studies and data visualisation, my research draws from technical, technologically orientated disciplines, in concert with concepts and approaches from software studies, geography and philosophy. This interdisciplinary approach promises to obtain new perspectives that open up conventional concepts and ideas, and address the contemporary challenges deriving from data practices.

My PhD research is supervised by Greg McInerny and João Porto de Albuquerque.


Before beginning my PhD with WISC, I did an MA in Urban Futures from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. During my studies there I put emphasis on engaging with urban data and data visualisation. As part of my Master's I spend some time a a visiting student at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. I was taking modules within the MSc Urban Analytics and Visualisation programme as well as working on a meta-analysis that investigates the potential of data visualisation in terms of public participation and engagement.

I did my undergraduate studies in Dutch-German Studies at the University of Münster. This included a year of studying at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where I studied social urban history as well as media and communication.


2019/2020 Sessional Tutor for IM921


Hengesbach, N. (2019). Ways of Seeing Urban Data. Critical Visualization and the Limits of Air Quality Data. Workshop Paper at CityVis: 2nd Workshop on Urban Data Visualization. IEEE VIS Conference, Vancouver. Details here.

Conference Presentations

Beyond Smart Cities Today, Rotterdam, September 2019. Details here.

Photo Nicole Hengesbach


N dot Hengesbach at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room 4.18
Mathematical Sciences Building
University of Warwick