Chris Speed

Chris Speed

Chair of Design Informatics

Prof Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics

Prof Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at University of Edinburgh where his research focuses upon the Network Society, Design for the Digital Economy, and The Internet of Things. Speed has been involved in 25 research grants (leading on 9) since 2009 across ESPRC, ESRC and AHRC, has published over 120 papers and presented widely on the role of design in the Digital Economy. He now leads the EPSRC OxChain Project (£1.3m), ESRC After Money Project (£250k) and is Co-I to the EPSRC PACTMAN Project (£1.3m) and part of the £5m PETRAS IoT UK Hub. Chris is also a member of the EPSRC Digital Economy PAB.

Research Interests:

  • Designing from / with and by data
  • Use of creative technologies in the representation of social, economic and environmental systems
  • Use of design toward agential cuts
  • FinTech by and through design
  • Research Through Design

Chris’s research profile can be found on Edinburgh Research Explorer



Ox-Chain is a major research project between the Universities of Edinburgh, Northumbria and Lancaster, and research partners Oxfam, Zero Waste Scotland, Volunteer Scotland and WHALE Arts, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. It brings together experts in digital design, cryptography, business and international development. Through collaborative research, we will design a Blockchain for Oxfam to better support the circulation and re-circulation of valuable items within its business model – hence ‘Ox-Chain’.

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Understanding how to manage issues of trust, privacy and consent in future pervasive environments

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