Sam Hind

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

+ 49 (0)271 740 3867

  • Digital navigation
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Playful methodologies
  • Protest events
Digital Navigation in the Driving-Machine
This project explores the calculative logics of (navigational) decision-making in autonomous vehicles. It looks to build on previous work on anticipation, risk, interfaces and failure to interrogate the distributed, precarious nature of (digital) navigational assemblages.

2020 –
Research Associate, SFB1187 Media of Cooperation, University of Siegen

Research Associate, Locating Media, University of Siegen

2016 – 2017
Research Assistant, Playfields
Teaching Fellow, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), University of Warwick

2012 – 2016
PhD Interdisciplinary Studies, CIM, University of Warwick

2012 – 2016
Graduate Teaching Assistant, CIM, University of Warwick

2010 – 2011
MSc. Geographical Information Science, School of Environment and Development (SED), University of Manchester

2007 – 2010
BSc. Geography, SED, University of Manchester



  • Hind, S. (2020) On ‘Living in a Box’: Distributed Control and Automation Surprises. Technikgeschichte. 87 (1): 43-68.
  • Hind, S. (2020) Between Capture and Addition: The Ontogenesis of Cartographic Calculation. Political Geography. 78: 1-9.
  • Gekker, A. and Hind, S. (2019) Infrastructural Surveillance. New Media & Society. 22 (8): 1414-1436.
  • Hind, S. (2019) Digital Navigation and the Driving-Machine: Supervision, Calculation, Optimization, and Recognition. Mobilities. 14 (4): 401-417.
  • Panek, J., Gekker, A., Hind, S., Wendler, J., Perkins, C. and Lammes, S. (2017) Encountering Place: Mapping and Location-Based Games in Interdisciplinary Education. The Cartographic Journal. 55 (3): 285-297.
  • Hind, S. (2017) Cartographic Care, or, Caretographies. Living Maps Review. 3: 1-14.
  • Hind, S. (2015) Maps, Kettles and Inflatable Cobblestones: The Art of Playful Disruption in the City. Media Fields. 9: n.p..
  • Hind, S. and Lammes, S. (2015) Digital Mapping as Double-Tap: Cartographic Modes, Calculations and Failures. Global Discourse. 6 (1-2): 79-97.
  • Hind, S. and Gekker, A. (2014) ‚Outsmarting Traffic, Together‘: Driving as Social Navigation. Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal. 1 (2): 1-17.

Book Chapters

  • Hind, S. (2020) Mobile Mapping. In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (ed. Kobayashi, A.) (2nd. edition), 133-140.
  • Hind S. and Gekker A. (2019) On Autopilot: Towards a Flat Ontology of Vehicular Navigation. In Media’s Mapping Impulse (eds. Lukinbeal, C., Sharp, L., Sommerlad, E. and Escher, A.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 141-160.
  • Hind, S. (2018) Playing with Politics: Memory, Orientation, and Tactility. In The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagements in a Mediatized Culture (eds. Glas, R., Lammes, S., Lange, M. de., Raessens, J. and de Vries, I.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Hind, S. (2016) Territorial Determinism: Police Exercises, Training Spaces and Manoeuvres. In Playful Mapping in the Digital Age (eds. Playful Mapping Collective). Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 94-113.
  • Gekker, A. and Hind, S. (2016) ‚Outsmarting Traffic, Together‘: Driving as Social Navigation. In Playful Mapping in the Digital Age (eds. Playful Mapping Collective). Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 78-93.


  • Perkins, C., Lammes, S., Gekker, A., Hind, S., Wilmott, C. and Evans, D. (eds.) (2018) Time for Mapping: Cartographic Temporalities. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Playful Mapping Collective (2017) A Manifesto for Playful Methods. Self-published.
  • Playful Mapping Collective (2016) Playful Mapping in the Digital Age. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.


  • Hind, S. (2016) Driving the Future. Wealth Press: Work and Time Issue.
  • Hind, S. (2015) Election Reaction: A Left Turn for Labour Now is a Fantasy. Novara Wire.
  • Hind, S. (2015) ‚Print this Map. Get off the Internet. Take to the Streets‘: 5 of the Left’s Best Mapping Moments. Novara Wire.
  • Hind, S. (2014) #FuckUber: 8 Reasons Why Uber is Bad for All of Us. Novara Wire.


  • Hind, S. (2020) Governing Future Emergencies: Lived Relations to Risk in the UK Fire and Rescue Service. Convergence. 26 (5-6): 1411-1412.
  • Hind, S. (2013) Mobile Interface Theory. Cartographica. 48 (3): 253-254.

Press and Interviews (quoted)

  • Hind, S. (2019) Forscher-Alumni-Galerie: Dr. Sam Hind. University of Siegen Forscher-Alumni, August 1.
  • Nakashima, R. (2018) Why you can’t always trust your handy map app. Associated Press, September 28.
  • O’Brien, M. (2018) Can apps like Waze steer you clear of disaster? Maybe not. Associated Press, September 17.

Interviews (conducted)

  • Miyazaki, S. (2017) Algo-rhythmics. CIM: Out of Data, August 7.
  • Veel, K. (2017) Uncertain Archives. CIM: Out of Data, July 21.
  • Hesselberth, P. (2017) On Disconnection. CIM: Out of Data, February 27.
  • Posavec, S. (2017) Warming Data Up. CIM: Out of Data, February 14.


  • Hind, S. (2015) Sounds from the Other City: Anechoic Chamber. The Modernist: Experiment Issue.

  • Autonome Autos workshop; Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (invited)
  • AoIR conference; Dublin, Ireland (online)
  • Infrastructures of Sense/Making workshop; University of Konstanz, Germany (online)
  • Locative Media, Climate Change and (Im)mobility workshop; King’s College London, UK (invited)
  • Geomedia workshop; University of Siegen


  • The Production of Participation in the Digital World workshop; NTNU, Norway
  • ‚International Perspectives in Technology and Media‘ event; University of Siegen (invited)
  • Digital | Visual | Cultural 3 – Models, Volume and 3D Visualisation workshop; University of Oxford (invited)
  • ‚Platforms, Play and Cartography‘ workshop; University of Amsterdam
  • Geomedia conference; Karlstad University, Sweden


  • Science in Public conference; Cardiff, UK (invited)
  • Who’s Driving? workshop; Deutsches Museum, Munich
  • RGS-IBG conference; Cardiff, UK
  • Digital Geographies Working Group symposium; Sheffield, UK (invited)
  • Sensing Media conference; University of Siegen (invited)
  • Surveillance Studies conference; Aarhus University, Denmark
  • IRS Spring Academy; Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner


  • Spationomy colloquium; Ruhr-University Bochum (invited)
  • Inventive Method lecture series; University of Siegen (invited)
  • Mobile Utopia conference; Lancaster University, UK
  • RGS-IBG conference; London, UK (I)
  • RGS-IBG conference; London, UK (II)
  • Building for Impact workshop; University of Warwick, UK (invited)
  • Playful Field Encounters conference; University of Manchester, UK (I)
  • Playfield Field Encounters conference; University of Manchester, UK (II)
  • Nordic Geographers Meeting (NGM) conference; Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Media & Place-making workshop; Coventry University, UK (invited)
  • Playfields workshop; Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (invited)
  • Information Security lecture series; Royal Holloway University of London, UK (invited)
  • Digital Activism seminar; University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (invited)


  • Cyber-Security and Risk summer school; Royal Holloway University of London, UK (invited)
  • Media’s Mapping Impulse conference; University of Mainz
  • Living with Algorithms workshop; Royal Holloway University of London, UK (invited)
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum conference; Newcastle University, UK
  • LivingMaps lecture; Birkbeck University of London, UK (invited)
  • DiGRA conference; Abertay University, Dundee, UK


  • International Small Island Cultures (ISIC) conference; University of Malta, Malta
  • Association of American Geographers’ (AAG) conference; Chicago, USA


  • Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference; University of Tampere, Finland
  • Identity and Interdisciplinarity in Games and Play summer school; Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Mobile Media: Making, Cooperation, Work conference; University of Siegen
  • Brains, Maps and Rhythms conference; University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands


  • International Cartography Conference (ICC); Dresden


  • The Citizen Scientist on the Move conference; Utrecht University, the Netherlands
2019 – 2020

  • Research Ethics in and out of Media (1MEWI2542V), Medienwissenschaft, University of Siegen (Lecturer)

2017 – 2018

  • Playful Media: Ludification in the Digital Age (IM922), CIM, University of Warwick (Sessional Teacher)

2016 – 2017

  • Go Go Gozo (IM917), CIM, University of Warwick (Teaching Fellow)
  • Digital Sociology (IM920), CIM, University of Warwick (TF)
  • Urban Science (IM913), CIM, University of Warwick (TF)
  • Digital Objects, Digital Methods (IM904), CIM, University of Warwick (TF)

2015 – 2016

  • Go Go Gozo (IM917), CIM, University of Warwick (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

2012 – 2014

  • Islands: Paradise or Prison, SED, University of Manchester (Fieldcourse Teaching Assistant)
  • Rethinking Locating Media workshop 2020; University of Siegen/Cologne (organizer)
  • Locating Media Seminar Series Winter 2019/2020; University of Siegen
  • Remapping the Home session 2019; Geomedia, Karlstad, Sweden (co-organizer)
  • Locating Media Seminar Series Summer 2018/2019; University of Siegen
  • Navigating Data Landscapes workshop 2018; RGS-IBG, Cardiff, UK (co-organizer)
  • Digital Power, Decolonising Life session 2017; RGS-IBG, London, UK (co-organizer)
  • Playful Field Encounters conference 2017; University of Manchester, UK (co-organizer)
  • Charting the Digital: Play, Discourse, Disruption conference 2016; University of Warwick in Venice, Italy (co-organizer)
  • Politics of Failure I and II sessions 2015; AAG, Chicago, USA (co-organizer)
  • Time Travellers conference 2014; University of Oxford, UK (co-organizer)
  • Thinking and Doing Digital Mapping conference 2013; University of Warwick, UK (co-organizer)