Chris Speed

Director of Edinburgh Futures Institute
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Professor Chris Speed, FRSE, is Director of Edinburgh Futures Institute. He is also the Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design methods adapt and create products and services within a networked society.

As Director for the Edinburgh Futures Institute, Chris is leading the transformation of the Old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, a Florence Nightingale hospital in the centre of Edinburgh, into a world leading centre for interdisciplinary teaching, research and innovation.

At the Institute for Design Informatics, home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of design, social science, and data science, as well as the PhD, MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes, Chris has directs large complex grants with industry partners, applying design methods to challenges in the creative industries, banking, international development and cultural heritage sectors.

Chris is currently Director of the £7.4m Creative Informatics R&D Partnership, one of the nine AHRC funded Creative Industries Clusters in the UK. Chris leads and maintains research projects with partners across the UK and Europe including the Next Stage Digital Economy Centre DECaDE led by Surrey with the Digital Catapult; and the DCODE European network and PhD program for training the next generation of researchers and designers to guide society’s digital transformation towards inclusive, sustainable futures. Chris was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2020.

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