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Prof. 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 Director of the recently funded £6mil (£5.5Mil AHRC & £0.5Mil SFC) Creative Informatics R&D Partnership, one of the nine AHRC funded Creative Industries Clusters.

Chris is also a member of the University of Edinburgh Cyber Security and Privacy Research Network":


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Social Dimension to Digital Architectural Practice, University of Plymouth

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Master of Design, Design Futures, Goldsmiths, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Bachelor of Arts, Alternative Practice, Brighton Polytechnic

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992


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  • Informatics


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