The Team

Current members

Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Chris is an expert in design for the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and Internet of Things. Chris is the Principal Investigator on the Oxchain project.  Chris’s research focuses upon the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and The Internet of Things. Chris has worked on several projects with Oxfam, including TOTeM and the related Internet of Second Hand Things.

Raluca Bunduchi is Senior Lecturer in Innovation at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the MSc Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Raluca brings expertise in technology and organisational change, innovation and supply chain.

Nigel Davies is Professor in Computing and Communications, Lancaster University. Nigel's work is in the area of mobile and ubiquitous computing, including the creation of one of the first location-based mobile city guide systems in the 1990s. He explores how mobile social networking can be used to change the travel behaviours of entire communities.

Aggelos Kiayias is Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in computer security, information security, and cryptography with a particular emphasis in blockchain technologies and distributed systems, e-voting and secure multiparty protocols as well as privacy and identity management.

John Vines is Professor of Design at Northumbria School of Design. His research focuses on the study of how people experience, appropriate and use digital technologies in their everyday lives, designing new digital prototypes, artefacts and “things” with which advance our understanding of social phenomena.

Mike Harding is a Research Fellow in the School Of Computing & Communications (SCC) and Data Science Institute (DSI) at Lancaster University. His research explores the experimental design of next-generation Internet-of-Things (IoT) & pervasive data science technologies that aim to address prominent economic, social & environmental challenges in the areas of transport infrastructure management & urban mobility.

Chris Elsden is an Interaction Design Researcher at Open Lab (formerly Digital Interactions at Culture Lab), Newcastle University. His research concerns fieldwork about the experiences of living a ‘data-driven life’, in particular, how burgeoning digital traces can mediate remembering.

Aydin Abadi is Research Associate in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He  received a Ph.D. from the Department of Computer and  Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, in 2017. His main interests are in the field of cryptography, with a focus on designing  secure and practical cryptographic protocols, delegated secure multi-party computation, delegated Private Set Intersection,  verifiable computation, and crypto-currencies.

Jonathan Rankin is a Research Associate at Edinburgh University. His research examines where technology may take us in the future and how it can be designed with people at the the centre.

Past members

Kate Symons is Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh. Kate’s research takes a political ecology perspective, and focusses on how conservation and international development are political practices which reshape society and nature. She has research experience in Kenya and Mozambique, and has taught in several areas of development geographies and resource politics.