About Us

We have a large organization team for this workshop, reflecting a breadth of expertise, with experience in research and industry, across five different institutions.

Chris Elsden is a post-doctoral research associate in the School of Design, at Northumbria University. He is currently working on the ‘OxChain’ project, exploring blockchain technologies in the context of an international NGO, Oxfam, and their network of second-hand stores. He has previously led the organization of two successful CHI workshops, ‘Beyond Personal Informatics’ (CHI 2015) and ‘Quantified Data and Social Relationships’ (CHI 2017).

Bettina Nissen is a Research Associate on the ESRC funded After Money project in Design Informatics at Edinburgh University. Through design-led engagement activities and interactive provocations, this research aims to introduce the underlying principles of blockchain and smart contract technologies to audiences that are not commonly consulted on the development of new currencies or FinTech technologies. She has prior experience of organizing public engagement events and successful workshops such as ‘New Value Transactions’ at DIS 2017.

Karim Jabbar is an Industrial PhD Fellow at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen. His research area is focused on the socio-technical dimensions of Blockchain technology, in particular the emergence of start-ups working at shaping Blockchain as an information infrastructure. More specifically his research has looked at Bitcoin mining and physical gateways such as Bitcoin ATMs (BTMs), as well as industry applications of Blockchain technology in the maritime and supply chain domains. Karim is also a co-founder of the Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), based in Copenhagen.

Reem Talhouk is a doctoral trainee in Digital Civics at Open Lab, Newcastle University. She is currently working on ‘SunBlock’, a project that explores the use of blockchain in supporting peer-to-peer energy exchange within off-grid solar energy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research also encompasses the use of technologies within developing contexts and by refugees.

Caitlin Lustig is a PhD candidate in the Informatics department at the University of California, Irvine. Her research broadly examines the values, ethics, and authority of large-scale autonomous software systems. She currently researches how members of blockchain open source communities use code to negotiate their values and express their imaginations about the future of autonomous systems. She has organized multiple events on the critiques, designs, and futures of algorithmic systems; including the CHI 2016 panel on ‘Algorithmic Authority’, and workshops at CSCW 2016 and ICWSM 2017.

Paul Dunphy is the lead researcher on the distributed ledger technology research theme at VASCO Data Security, based at their Innovation Centre in Cambridge, UK. Prior to joining VASCO he spent time at Atom Bank: the UK’s first bank to deliver services entirely via mobile applications that pioneered the use of mobile biometrics, and completed a Microsoft Research funded PhD at Newcastle University. His research is generally situated at the intersection of HCI with information security and privacy.

Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics and Co-Director for the Centre for Design Informatics, at the University of Edinburgh. Chris leads UK research council funded projects that investigate the social and economic implications of the design and application of blockchain technologies with partners that include Oxfam, Royal Bank of Scotland and the New Economics Foundation. The Centre for Design Informatics have pioneered workshops and experience for blockchain by design (DIS 2017).

John Vines is Professor of Design at Northumbria University, and specialises in participatory approaches to designing technologies and the study of participatory technologies in communities. John’s research cuts across several topics, including technology design for later life, social care, personal and community health, civic engagement and financial inclusion. He is working on several projects involving the participatory design and application of blockchain technology in financial and civic contexts.