Edinburgh Research Explorer

Prof Chris Speed

Chair in Design Informatics

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Open to projects across the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, Internet of Things Digital Cultures.

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Brighton Polytechnic
Alternative Practice
Master of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London
Design Futures
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Plymouth University
Social Dimension to Digital Architectural Practice


Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where his research focuses upon the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and The Internet of Things. Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how network technology can engage with the fields of art, design and social experience through a variety of international digital art exhibitions, funded research projects, books journals and conferences. At present Chris is working on funded projects that engage with the social opportunities of crypto-currencies, an internet of toilet roll holders, and a persistent argument that chickens are actually robots.  Chris is co-editor of the journal Ubiquity and co-directs the Design Informatics Research Centre that is home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and digital architecture, as well as the PhD, MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes.

Chris was PI for the TOTeM project investigating social memory within the ‘Internet of Things’ funded by the Digital Economy (£1.4m) and the related Research in the Wild grant: Internet of Second Hand Things; PI for three AHRC Connected Community grants under the moniker Community Hacking that explores parallels between virtual society (Internet) and actual society (communities); Co-I to the Sixth Sense Transport RCUK funded Energy project (£900k) which explores the implications for the next generation of mobile computing for dynamic personalised travel planning. He is also Co-I to the Hub of All Things, New Economic Models for the Internet of Things (Warwick), Co-I to both the EPSRC Creating trust through digital traceability project (Hull) and Learning Energy Systems project (Edinburgh). He is now leading 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 University of Edinburgh Cyber Security and Privacy Research Network":  http://cybersecpriv.ed.ac.uk/



Research outputs

  1. The Ethnobot: Gathering Ethnographies in the Age of IoT

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. GeoCoin: Supporting ideation and collaborative design with location-based smart contracts

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Research activities & awards

  1. Unruly Pitch

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachFestival/Exhibition

  2. Travel Behaviours Network final event

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Once Upon a Future

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachFestival/Exhibition

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