About

Fields is a collaborative space where ideas and projects involving places, memories and people are shared. Fields is led by Chris Speed and researchers with the School of Design at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh who examine subjects such as temporal design, new value models and more than human research.

Mail Chris here: c.speed@ed.ac.uk

Chris is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt, and create products and services within a networked society. He is especially favours transgressive design interventions, to help identify and promote the values we care about most, including coffee machines that order their own ethical supplies, hairdryers that ask you to wait for the right time to blow dry your hair, and apps for sham marriages. 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 has an established track record in directing large complex grants with industry partners, being involved in 25 research grants (leading on 10) since 2009 across ESPRC, ESRC and AHRC totalling in excess of £21m. He is currently leading the EPSRC funded OxChain Project (£1.3m), 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 EPSRC Digital Economy PAB.

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