PizzaBlock was a result from an open-ended research project between Volunteer Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and Northumbria University. Through a series of engagements and participatory workshops with organisations in the volunteer sector, the project aims to explore the opportunities and challenges that the emergence of blockchain technology holds for the voluntary sector.

Recent publications can be found here:

Jonathan Rankin, Chris Elsden, Ian Sibbald, Alan Stevenson, John Vines, and Chris Speed. 2020. PizzaBlock: Designing Artefacts and Roleplay to Understand Decentralised Identity Management Systems. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1593–1606. DOI:

This research is funded by EPSRC grant EP/N028198/1 (OxChain: Towards secure and trustworthy circular economies through distributed ledger technologies). OxChain is a research initiative of the universities of Edinburgh, Lancaster and Northumbria.