I am an associate professor of archival science at the iSchool and lead of the Blockchain research cluster, Blockchain@UBC at the University of British Columbia – Canada’s largest and most diverse research cluster devoted to blockchain technology. My current research is focused on risk to the availability of trustworthy records, in particular in blockchain record keeping systems, and how these risks impact upon transparency, financial stability, public accountability and human rights. I have organized two summer institutes for Blockchain@UBC to provide training in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for undergraduate and graduate students from across UBC.
I hold a doctorate from University College London (Archival Studies, 2002), and have been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 2005. I have received many awards for my professional work and research, including the 2015 Emmett Leahy Award for outstanding contributions to the field of records management, a 2015 World Bank Big Data Innovation Award, and a 2016 Emerald Literati Award for my research on blockchain technology. I am also a faculty associate at multiple units within UBC, including the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Sauder School of Business, and the Institute for Computers, Information and Cognitive Systems.